In short: Just wonderful In full: After hanging up my marathon shoes 10 years ago I don't know what made me enter Snowdon but I'm so glad I did. Smooth and low-key organisation keeps race stress to a minium, and the lovely organisers, marshalls, crowds, runners and locals mean that you can really enjoy your race. A relatively small field for a marathon meant that I crossed the start line in 15 seconds and you never have to dodge other runners. Crowds are fairly minimal outside the towns but where they do exist they are noisy and fun. A special mention must go to the 'Tour de France Yorkshire'-style crowds in Beddgelert who are mental.
I had a great race - it really isn't too bad until the 22 mile and *that* hill - and the downhill finish is awesome - did my fastest 1.5 miles right at the end!
Frequent water stations, many (but not all?) with isotonic drinks and gels. There is also food at the end but I didn't quite feel like it so not sure what that was like.
Great t-shirt and memento. Overall a brilliant race, not as scary as some make out. Didn't quite get my 3:45 but it's such a fab race that for once it didn't matter. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Lovely, lovely race ! In full: A magical place to run. A challenge, yes, but those views and the atmosphere make it a really memorable experience. OK, I'm biased as I've run it 19 times but I'll be back again !! Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: My new favourite race - despite the hills! In full: Only my second marathon and my first 'SNOD'. Just a fantastic day - my love of running has gone up yet again after this race. Beautiful scenery, amazing volunteers and crowd and a wonderful challenge to overcome. Three hills - the last one being utter torture - but to be honest, I felt better at the end of this marathon than I did after London earlier this year. I'll definitely run this again. If you've ever thought about doing this race - DO IT! :) Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Second time for me In full: Second time, easier as I knew where to go but the signs were better this year, nice atmosphere with very little jostling at the start. Great Marshalls. For me it was the slowest 10k ive ever done only because I paced a first timer round - which made it the most satisfying 10k ive ever done. Will be back for year 3 next year Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Great morning out - I'd definitely do it again In full: A very friendly well organised face. Course is flat and fast with PB potential, as long as the wind doesn't blow. Marshalls are enthusiastic and supportive. Good refreshments and great cakes. Results available accurately and quickly. Definate do-a-gain. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: made special by the organisation In full: This race could well become a "must-do" for many more runners in the future. The organisation was second to none-an abundance of friendly and encouraging marshals,clear distance markers and a great spectator course. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Simply if this race was a movie it would be The Godfather. In full: This race lives up to the hype you hear about it from the organisation, spirit,scenery,crowds and not forgetting toughness. If you only do one marathon make sure its this one you just have to experience it. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: The best just keeps getting better. In full: I love this race - so friendly, welcoming, beautiful, challenging. Next year will be my 10th consecutive running of it and I can't wait. Once run you're hooked. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. In full: Snowdon doesn't just tick all the boxes, it gets out its crayons and book, draws a load of new boxes and ticks those too. Everything from the faultless registration, to the freebie t-shirt and wonderful slate finisher's coaster to the lovely hoody I bought helped to make this race so special, and that's before I get onto the run itself. The humour and camaraderie between the runners, knowing that you are setting off on reportedly the UK's toughest marathon sets the scene for the most beautiful sights I've ever run through. However, when they say its tough, good grief, they are not lying, it was ball boucingly hard. The gain from mile 22-25 255 metres (that's not including the other two monsters during the race). Even though it my slowest time by far, this is by some distance, the best marathon I've ever done. It is no wonder its been twice voted the UK's best marathon.
In short: Very Relaxed & Friendly race In full: This was my first time doing the Fleet 10k and it didn't disappoint. There was plenty of parking, adequate toilet facilities, collecting your number/chip was quick and easy and all seemed to be very well organised. The course itself was quick and didn't feel too overcrowded. It was definitely a course suited to all abilities. There were plenty of marshalls all of whom were very friendly .The crowds lined up at the start were also very supportive. My only one criticism was that there was no chip mat at the start ( although I gather this will be put in place for next year) and possibly it would be worth having placards held up with timings so that people can stand in an appropriate order in the start up line according to their predicted times. I did find I was quite held up behind some of the younger 5k runners at the start and some of those who should have been placed further back down the line. Overall a really nice morning and I will certainly be back next year. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: HILLS HILLS HILLS In full: small affair, very friendly. loads of extra goodies within price like breakfast & drinks, cap, t-shirt, medal... very hilly throughout, last couple of miles are a killer Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: What a gem of a race! In full: The course is hard (have someone mentioned hills?), but views are cracking. The atmosphere is simply amazing (it really feels like a family event). Do I really have to mention hot showers and cooked breakfast? Absolutely brilliant. I'm so coming back next year! Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Tough race but great fun In full: I ran the Greensand half marathon. Was a great race lovely scenery and hills! Dr Rob deserves praise for putting on such a great event. Where else could you get a medal, t-shirt, cooked breakfast and a carrot! I will be back next year! Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Brilliant event! In full: My first time doing this run, and I loved it! The atmosphere is brilliant, everyone seems to be in a really good mood and the Marshalls are excellent! The hill at the start wasn't as bad as I had expected and from then on its a good mix of slight up and downs. I even managed a PB, which was an added bonus. I will definately be doing this again next year. Date of review: October 29, 2014