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
In short: Another weather epic - thanks to all organisers etc. In full: This really is a superb event. Many thanks to the organisers, marshallers and those at the drinks station for braving the elements once again. Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: It's so good i'm back for my 17th attempt In full: For somebody who has a guaranteed entry to the London marathon every year but does not want to do that race ever again i would rather do what for me is possibly the finest marathon on the Uk calender.
My first Snowdonia Marathon was way back in 1995 and so far ive run four different courses for this stunning race.
I even ran 8 miles of the cancelled 2002 event and this year 2011 will see me do my 17th consecutive Snowdon.
The reason i like it is because you have no idea what the weather will be like.
Three years ago it rained so hard that it was dancing off the road at Nant Peris but it kept you cool during the race and anyway i was dressed accordingly and loved every moment of it.
Marathons are challenging enough but when they go through some of the finest scenery anywhere in Britain and have a few little hills spread around the course to make things interesting it makes for a very interesting event.
Next year is the races 30th anniversary and only one competitor Iorwerth Roberts has done every race from its begining in 1982.
This will be number 17 for me with my usual number 108, well its the only number ive ever worn for the race and its almost my own personal property by now.
I am really looking forward to this years event and with the new course introduced last year it is slightly easier than the previous course but 26.2miles is never easy anyway.
Just remember entries go online on January 1st next year and with it being the 30th book early to avoid disappointment. Date of review: September 1, 2011