In short: truly amazing course, yes there are hills, but it is Snowdonia! if you wanta true marathon challenge, sign up now!! fantatsic scenery, superb support from the most enthusiastic people anywhere, a true community event, with a big race feel!! Date of review: January 28, 2012
In short: Why does it always rain on race day, evil chafing strikes again! In full: A great race despite the cold and rain, definitely one to do at least once in your lifetime. Date of review: January 27, 2012
In short: Hard but Brilliant Race In full: This was the second time I've ran Snowdon and the most I've enjoyed any race. Its hard and there is no chance of a decent PB especially with the climb at 22 miles! Its a must do though, time goes out the window and its about pure enjoyment for me. I'll be back again next year. Oh and a big shout out to the marshals, at best the weather is terrible year on year and they do a great job to support all the runners. Date of review: December 16, 2011
In short: fantastic atmosphere - can't wait for next year In full: This was my 3rd marathon having done London twice and I managed to take 30 minutes off my PB (more down to under achieving in London than this race having PB potential). Thoroughly enjoyed it although it was a shame about the weather - although wasn't really expecting it to be nice. Great organisation, fantastic atmosphere and support from friends, family, locals, marshalls and fellow runners - thanks to all. The last 4 miles were pure torture - not sure what was worse the 2 miles up or the steep 2 miles back down. Could hardly walk the following day but still can't wait to run it again though. 13 years of running and my favourite event so far. Date of review: December 3, 2011
In short: Immense race. Beautiful scenery and a great challenge! In full: Even though I missed my target time still felt immense sense of achievement finishing this one! Stunning scenery. Challenging weather and hills esp. after Waunfawr all added up to an epic race. Organisation and support excellent. Just about the right size. Only issue was a bit of traffic after Beddgelert and would be great to have a tech Tshirt to train in afterwards, I'd buy one! Would much rather enter this race than London, or just about any other marathon. As a resident of North Wales, really proud to have this one on our doorstep! Rhedeg yn rhydd!! Date of review: November 26, 2011
In short: not a PB Course..but a MUST DO MARATHON.. In full: I'm not going to completely re-write the les coupiers cardiff article here.. but this is my short summary.
> the marathon is hilly - dont start fast.. have a good chat on the way around...(unless your top 50 or so..).. (i'm normally 3 hrs or so for a marathon - a hard training run at 331..).. enjoy it.. see les croupiers cardiff forum for full report.. but i'll be back in 2012!!! waiting for Jan 1st to register..30 anniversary..
To sum it up, this is why Snowdon gets 12 out of 10 for me. It's a marathon that is really hard to beat for enjoyment.
1. If it is rainy it's better because you doing a hard marathon and it's part of the challenge. 2. the crowd are great. 3. the views are just fantastic. 4. the atmosphere is great. 5. water stops are really good and regular.(and as its often cold and wet you dont need as many).Water stops were better than the Berlin marathon. 6. a great group of runners from the best club on the planet always run Snowdon. 7. you get great cake on the travel up (usually) with the Club trip. 8. pubs are great in Llanberis. 9. you don't care about your time and you don't need a watch! 10. You can transfer your number up to about 1 month before the race (then they print the bar codes). 11.It's on a Saturday so you can go to the pub Saturday night. 12. The whole area gets behind the race.
A lot of bigger marathons could learn from this one. Date of review: November 15, 2011
In short: Tough (Big Hills, Wind & Rain) but I keep coming back for more of it! In full: Very hard this year due to the weather, but as ever well organised and a great crowd, I have said this was last time! but I said that the time before!! Date of review: November 11, 2011