In short: What goes up ....... In full: My 80th marathon & one of the best so far. Finished in 4:03 & was pleased that I ran it all (just!). Views to die for & the weather behaved itself. Some food on route & on the finish line & rubbish bags on route would be recommended improvements. Felt embarrassed to litter on route but there was no other option. Really enjoyed the run. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: The greatest racing experience of my life In full: Absolutely incredible experience. Faultless organisation, a beautiful course which had everything from tough descents to breathtaking descents and a wonderful atmosphere amongst the runners. I enjoyed every step even the hill at Waunfawr at 22 miles and being outsprinted by a guy dressed as a dog at the end! This could become addictive. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Just wonderful In full: After hanging up my marathon shoes 10 years ago I don't know what made me enter Snowdon but I'm so glad I did. Smooth and low-key organisation keeps race stress to a minium, and the lovely organisers, marshalls, crowds, runners and locals mean that you can really enjoy your race. A relatively small field for a marathon meant that I crossed the start line in 15 seconds and you never have to dodge other runners. Crowds are fairly minimal outside the towns but where they do exist they are noisy and fun. A special mention must go to the 'Tour de France Yorkshire'-style crowds in Beddgelert who are mental.
I had a great race - it really isn't too bad until the 22 mile and *that* hill - and the downhill finish is awesome - did my fastest 1.5 miles right at the end!
Frequent water stations, many (but not all?) with isotonic drinks and gels. There is also food at the end but I didn't quite feel like it so not sure what that was like.
Great t-shirt and memento. Overall a brilliant race, not as scary as some make out. Didn't quite get my 3:45 but it's such a fab race that for once it didn't matter. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Lovely, lovely race ! In full: A magical place to run. A challenge, yes, but those views and the atmosphere make it a really memorable experience. OK, I'm biased as I've run it 19 times but I'll be back again !! Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: My new favourite race - despite the hills! In full: Only my second marathon and my first 'SNOD'. Just a fantastic day - my love of running has gone up yet again after this race. Beautiful scenery, amazing volunteers and crowd and a wonderful challenge to overcome. Three hills - the last one being utter torture - but to be honest, I felt better at the end of this marathon than I did after London earlier this year. I'll definitely run this again. If you've ever thought about doing this race - DO IT! :) Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Simply if this race was a movie it would be The Godfather. In full: This race lives up to the hype you hear about it from the organisation, spirit,scenery,crowds and not forgetting toughness. If you only do one marathon make sure its this one you just have to experience it. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: The best just keeps getting better. In full: I love this race - so friendly, welcoming, beautiful, challenging. Next year will be my 10th consecutive running of it and I can't wait. Once run you're hooked. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. In full: Snowdon doesn't just tick all the boxes, it gets out its crayons and book, draws a load of new boxes and ticks those too. Everything from the faultless registration, to the freebie t-shirt and wonderful slate finisher's coaster to the lovely hoody I bought helped to make this race so special, and that's before I get onto the run itself. The humour and camaraderie between the runners, knowing that you are setting off on reportedly the UK's toughest marathon sets the scene for the most beautiful sights I've ever run through. However, when they say its tough, good grief, they are not lying, it was ball boucingly hard. The gain from mile 22-25 255 metres (that's not including the other two monsters during the race). Even though it my slowest time by far, this is by some distance, the best marathon I've ever done. It is no wonder its been twice voted the UK's best marathon.