In short: This race now features as one of my top 3 favourites! It's fantastic! In full: Well organised, a great atmosphere. The course was very muddy and certainly challenging with 4 hard hills but probably one of the best 3 races I've done this year. Fantastic views from the top of the last hills. Good tshirt, excellent value for money. This is a race you have to do at least once!
I can't wait to go back and do it next year! Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Undulating tough course excellent organisation In full: Weather didn't help and start line was a bit crowded, but overall the organisation was good, would like to see a secure baggage area. Whilst I wouldn't think of this as a PB course, I did run a PB knocking 12 mins off previous PB, completed in 1:35.....if only it was flat and sunny....who knows.. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Will run this next year, if only to beat my terrible time. In full: Secure baggage area would have been nice, I was told to leave at own risk - so I didn't. No atmosphere through the park, but then again the weather played a part in that.
In short: Very wet, Very Warm and a bit hilly In full: It started out as a glorious day for late October but from the start of the race till the end which was 1:58 for me(not one of my best efforts)it never stopped raining. Which was a pitty since it's a very scenic course. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Snowdons a magnet. In full: I was running this as part of the Triple i.e Beachy,Snowdon and Dublin and the Snowdon was spectacular as always the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lakes just leaves you feeling uplifted, despite the 4 mile climb in the begining the spirit of comaraderie was wonderful, and in some ways reminded me of the Comrades ultra-marathon in S.Africa (which I love).So all in all I would recommend this to anyone that likes asthetically beautiful but challenging marathon courses. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Amazing! In full: This was my first marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The vile weather didn't dampen the spirit of the race, in fact, i would say it added to it. The rain came down in sheets, with hurricane like winds blowing with it. The experience was almost surreal. The course was tough, but beautiful. The hill at 21 was more like a mountain, but the descent that followed made the climb worthwile. I flew down, screaming like a banshee, and laughing all the way. It was the best part of the race. It is definately a race for all standards of runners, and people new to marathons should not be put off by the hype. This is a race all about acheivement and less about PB's. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: The Beauty & The Beast of all Races! In full: Gales, rain, sunshine, cruel climbs, crueller descents, breathtaking scenery, sheep, mars bars, fantastic support, Dunkirk camaradarie amongst the runners. One of the best 3 1/2 hours of my life. Mind you, thats not a hill at 21miles, its a cliff! Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Superb, friendly, stunning and a real challenge! In full: I absolutely loved the race - somehow managed a PB, but I think that was my stubborn nature in the face of the weather!! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race pity about the weather!! In full: Start very conjested, should be time markers available. First 4 miles undulating meant I never really got into a decent stride pattern. Should maybe think about stubby drinks bottles as cups didn't really hold enough and hard to drink from. On the whole good race which benefitted from excellent marshalls. Definately one for next year Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Nice scenery, friendly race. In full: A nice course and well organised by friendly volunteers, with the exception of the toilets which were a joke. There weren't loads of 'hills' as such but plenty of long inclines which made it pretty tough when mixed with the wind and rain. Start was too slow if you started at the back, even for me who ran a 1.48, so must have been very frustrating for the faster runners. An earlier water station would have been welcome. T-shirts were fine and your name on the back a nice touch, shame about the colour ! Despite the negatives it is still a good race and I would recommend it. Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Fantastic- a challenge met and conquered! In full: My first snowdonia but certainly not my last. The weather just added to the challenge and I am still buzzing from the whole experience. Date of review: November 2, 2005