In short: Probably the best marathon around In full: My second running of this race and despite wind, constant rain and a sore hip I managed to beat last year's time by 9 minutes.
It's a tough race but the magnificent views (although slightly obscured this year!), mind-blowing setting and great camararderie really make it special.
Ample aid stations and a surprising amount of support most of the way around. Excellent organisation...although I have a slight, slight gripe - this year's 'small' tshirt wasn't small at all, not like last year's nicely fitted one. Ah well, details.
Thank you Eryri. I'll hopefully return next year and for many years to come! Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Who needs sunshine.... In full: when you've got a marathon like this?! Amazing scenery (when you could see it - wearing glasses really doesn't help in the rain); fantastic support from marshals, supporters, locals and fellow runners alike (thank you all); and a challenging but ultimately rewarding course really brings out the best of one of the top events in the UK. It's the first event in my calendar every year, so I'll be back to complete my set of 6 coasters next year. Then I'll have to aim for twelve...... Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: If you haven't yet done this one, perhaps you should. In full: This is the second time I have done this race, so I can confidently say that the smooth organisation and the friendly marshalling aren't a fluke (thank you). This race is hard enough to feel rewarding, but not so hard you can't enjoy the fantastic scenery. And what better way to celebrate the end of the summer? The clocks go back the day after this race, so you can rest your aching limbs for an extra hour. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Awesome! In full: This has to be THE race of the year, there are faster ones, slower ones and different locations but Snowdonia has it all. I love the fact the whole area gets behind it & the course is well, unique. The ultimate marathon challenge here in the UK... Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Magical In full: A magical and painful way to get a coaster and half decent t shirt. This is the only UK marathon that I have ever done and I wonder if any others can be as rewarding. The organisers, marshalls and supporters were fantastic. Not to mention the hills, the wind and of course the rain. Did anyone use the sponges? Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Who needs one line? One word does it - Delectable In full: Fair play to those that stood around, the marshalls, the spectators etc. At least we were warm! This really is a must do race. There has to be a good reason it sells out very early year after year, and why a large proportion of the runners come back year after year..... Date of review: October 30, 2011