Conwy Half Marathon

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20/11/2011 at 21:31
this was my first time at Conwy. And oh my. That hill was not a hill it was a mountain!!!
Started the morning sat in a lovely Victorian cafe having a flap jack and coffee. Got there extra early as wasn't sure on traffic.
Found the sand difficult but hay ho. fist 4/5 miles went to plan. Then the mountain appeared. Getting around that first corner and seeing what was ahead did make me swear out loud!!
But the views where spectacular. I found myself at one point running along the pavement looking over the wall watching the sea lap up over the rocks. Just lovely.
On the plus side i managed the down hill mile in 8mins 20! Non of the others where near this may i add. And i did finish it. 4 mins behind the time i wanted but i finished it.
Paid extra for the tech t-shirt and it was really worth it.
Couldn't manage the biscuit, was having second thoughts on eating that flap jack!
Will i be back next year? Ummm give me a few days and i'm sure i'll be saying yes.
Bexs
PP
21/11/2011 at 10:55

What a great race. A bit slower than I'd hoped but really enjoyed (?!) it.

 Yes the sand on the path was tough and so was the Orme but what great scenery.

 Big thanks to the organisers and all the marshals. Great support around the course aswell.

I'll be back next year.

21/11/2011 at 21:35
Wonder how many of us made a weekend of it? I did, and stayed at the Castle Hotel for a couple of nights. Not cheap, but well worth it. Made for a very nice weekend away.
21/11/2011 at 21:47

Steve, we also made a weekend of it, staying also at the Castle Hotel, originally planning to stay only on Sunday night but made a last minute change and stayed over on Saturday which in the end was the right choice.

I surprised myself by knocking a staggering 8mins off my half marathon  pb only set 4 weeks ago at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run. The hill is a bit of a shocker, but I think the worse part of it was running through sand.

 Unfortunatly no biscuits when I finished, but the Fisherman's Chip shop was well worth the visit.

24/11/2011 at 22:14

Bloody hell Larry, small world! Well done on knocking 8 minutes off. I'd agree with the sand being the worst part. As it was my first half-marathon in a race (done plenty of 10, 11, 12 and even the odd 14 miler in training but only as long, slow runs), a mate of mine helped me pace it.

 I started flagging a bit at the top of the hill but got back quickly then the sand on the way back was worse IMO so I'm inclined to agree with you. My pacer was telling me to hang on in and I remember saying I thought I'd be fine as soon as we got off the loose stuff (the none-too-tightly packed gravel afterwards wasn't much better either, but there wasn't much of it). Turned out I was right, as my last mile was the quickest one on the flat.

What did you think of the Castle? I thought it was very nice - quite stylish and whilst the food was expensive it was rather good too.


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