In short: The only marathon I do In full: I return to this every year. I'm hooked; wouldn't miss it for anything. 7th consecutive year for me. I plan to make it ten in a row AT LEAST. Date of review: November 14, 2012
In short: if you haven’t run the Snowdonia Marathon, I can really recommend it - it’s just great! I think entries for 2013 open at the beginning of January so it’s best to enter early as it always fills up. In full: Out of all the marathons I’ve run this year, this was the one I was really looking forward to the most. The Snowdonia Marathon or Marathon Eryri, which I have run for the last two years, has just about become my all time favorite marathon, even eclipsing the likes of Barcelona, Rome and the VLM. There’s just something about the landscape, the environment, the support and yes in late October even the weather, which for the last two years has been dramatic to say the least, with combinations of torrential rain, sunshine, hail, mist and even rainbows. With the marathon being on the Saturday Patsi and I drove up on the Thursday picking my two brothers up on the way. We arrived at the Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis at about 2.00pm. This is the ideal spot to stay if you can, as it’s right in the middle of the start and finish which are just a few hundred metres away. I had a few hours to relax after the long drive before I was off again, this time to collect a VIP who had decided to combine his first visit to Wales with running the Snowdonia Marathon. If you’re into marathon running big time then you may have heard about Horst Preisler from Hamburg, Germany. Horst, who at 76 is the World Record holder for the most number of marathons completed - this currently stood at 1,796, can you believe that? He was completing a marathon of sorts just to get to the start line, having left Hamburg Airport at 7.00am on Thursday morning his National Express coach was due in at Bangor bus station at 7.10pm and then he had to put up with my driving to get him to his hotel in Llanberis. On the way back from Bangor I asked him about his incredible marathon story. He started to tell me but first apologised for his poor English, I said don’t worry, it’s very good and anyway much better than my German – all I can say is “Dankeschon” and “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet” (I don’t think he got the joke) - If you would like to read more then check out my full blog here at http://60in60at60.com/2012/10/27/m43-snowdonia/ Date of review: November 3, 2012
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