In short: Climbs from hell but race oragnisation and scenery that makes the pain go away In full: What a wonderful race. The organisers were kind enough to open up registration until midnight the day before which was great for those travelling a long way after work. everything was brilliantly organised and even the sun came out this year which was totally unexpected. The climbs and descents are not to be under estimated, nor the exposed route if the weather had been bad however the support along the route, the marshalls, right down to the cup of tea and biscuit at the end was just superb. My legs hurt leg hell now but I already have it in next years calandar!!! Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: Thank you for a wonderful race... In full: As mentioned there are hills, only 3, but they add up to 2400ft of climb... That's good as there's 2400ft of down as well... Everything about this race was ace... Marshalls, organisation, support, 12 water/feed stations, fellow competitors... And I got a bit of the 30th birthday cake at the end, thought it would've all been snaffled... Mrs Lemmy wants to do it again, we'll have to see how persuadable I am on New Year Eves!!! Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: Superb, excellent like normal - but not rain at all!!! In full: The second time I have run this and I think it is great. What made it superb this year was the weather. Zero rain and clear sunny skies at times. Unheard of. It also made it much faster on the downhill stretches.
In terms if the course, you have 3 big hills to worry about. The rest is downhill or bumping along the flat. Big Hill 1 is fine as it's right near the start and the huge downhill stretch after it makes for some seriously fast running. Hill 2 just after the halfway point - 2 miles of solid climb takes the puff out of you. Hill 3 at 22 is the monster but the views at the top were magnificent. The steep downhill fast finish leads to cramp and a lot of hobbling. It was even faster this year with no mud and no risk of aquaplaning! Couldn't recommend this more.
Don't be too scared of it. I held back two years ago and didn't need to. This year I took 38 mins off my time. Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: Top marathon In full: Tough but fantastically organised and supported. Scenery stunning and a real sense of achievement when crossing the finish line after pushing physical and mental barrier. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: I will be back someday! In full: If there wasn't so many marathons available to us I would do this one every year. I enjoyed every part of it from the organizers and helpers to the course and off course stunning views. Even the hills were enjoyable!!! Date of review: October 30, 2012
In full: Finally, the sun came out for the Snowdonia Marathon! Excellent organisation and camaraderie as always. The great weather made the views more spectacular than ever and it was a real treat being able to finish the race with dry feet. If there's one marathon you'll ever do, make it this one! Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Another fantastic race - with weather to match this year! In full: My 6th consecutive run but the first without been blown away and drenched!! Seeing Snowdon itself whilst running was also a first, but nearly made me fall over on the descent from Pen-Y-Gwryd - my own fault for looking up rather than down!! Great organisation as usual from the organising team and wonderful support as ever around the course: huge thanks to all the marshals and volunteers at the feed stations who were standing out for hours in a cold northerly wind to help us in our hours of madness! Interesting change to gels at the stations - I preferred the segments of energy bars that have been used over the previous three years, and this year found I was running on empty later on in the race. Other than that simply superb camaraderie and support from fellow runners that help to make this event the friendliest in the UK!! Back next year for number 7, and probably more wind and rain.....