Thanks, that's worth thinking about. I use leggings for training right through the winter and still in them at the moment as I tend to train at 5:30 am on week days and it is still icy. I live near Ironbridge so it is my local race and I can't resist it. Scenery is lovely but also I like the hills as most halfs seem to be flat. Looking forward to Snowdonia for that reason, not too bothered with a quick time, just want the challenge if the climb. I am contemplating the Snowdonia Marathon next year for the same hilly reasons.
I do core work at home to maintain strength in my trunk so will stick to that for now but will review how I get on. Not a fan of being in a gym although I can see the benefits. I get bored too easily being confined by four walls!
DP - the Snowdonia half is a cracking route - a tough hill after about 3miles, but the views by Llyn Geirionnydd are stunning - I never tire of running alongside Llyn Geirionnydd. Once you've got that hill out of the way there is very little climbing - just the odd incline on the Betws-Gwydir back road, although the legs will not be thanking you as they go down the quite steep descent to Betws-y-Coed!!?
I am certainly looking forward to it John and the more I hear about it the more I am looking forwards! I am trying some new races this year and hoping to keep trying others over the next few years having spent the last few years focusing on the same races and trying to push my times. I am booked for the North Wales Half in August which also sounds good.
As for the hills, I love the challenge so bring them on (better say that now as I am sure I won't be on the day!!)
I'm sure you've heard a lot about the Snowdonia marathon. It really is a great race - challenging course (& weather usually!), stunning scenery and brilliant atmosphere!!
I have not run the route but have cycled it. Its amazing! The section past the lake is wonderful, the descent down into Betws-y-Coed is like going down the Crest Run. Dont worry about the main hill, I reckon all but the very very fastest will walk it. Really looking forward to it. If its wet dont wear your best race shoes as it will be muddy.
Agree with PH re THE hill - I live just 2miles from it and I rarely go that way on account of a slightly eaiser, more runnable hill up to Llyn Geirionnydd! There is a slighly clearing on the left as you go up the hill, with, on a nice day, excellent views across the valley to my home town, Llanrwst, where the race starts and finishes this year. I heard that the organiser was going to commission a special medal for any runner who actually runs all the way up the hill!! The route is all on road (albeit on some very minro ones in places) and I wouldn't worry about the choice of footwear, unless tthis very cold snap continues and it is icey
I agree with David. Thanks for all the pointers, very much appreciated and the discussion about the route is wetting my appetite.
Is the possible mud rainwash on the roads rather than running across grassy mud? I had understood it was all on road. Also, how long is the main hill? I found it a bit hard to gauge from the route guide.
Last year it was a dry day, so I'd doubt it would be surface water. The main hill starts as you turn off the "main road" at Trefriw - an initial (very) steep climb through the village, before you hit the main climb. I'd say from the "turn off" to the top is just under a mile, then there is a false flat as you hit the small vilage of Llanrhychwyn where the road goes up again (quite steep) for about 1/3 of a mile - again it levels out before a slight inlcine and a slight descent to the edge of Llyn Geirionnydd. That must take you to about 5.5miles - at the far end of the Geirionnydd, the road does go up for a bit (for about half a mile) before the start of the (steep) descent to Betws-y-Coed.
I haven't run up that way for quite a while as I've not done much in the hills - preferring to do my long runs on the valley as training for a flat marathon (next Sunday). Once I get the marathon out of the way (& my legs have forgiven me) I will run parts of the course and will put a link to the Garmin map/profile
There are stretches of minor roads with grass up the middle, if its very wet then mud from the farms will be on the road. But as the weather looks at the moment it will be perfect. Is the start/assembly area at the sports/rugby club on the east side of the river?
I understand that the race starts and finishes in Llanrwst, by the bridge - the (Nant Conwy) rugby club is at about 1.5-2miles into the race route. Race HQ is the town's sports centre which is by the senior school on Nebo Rd (on south/Bwts-y-Coed side of town)
Can I check whether we collect our race numbers on the day at the HQ or will they be posted out? I can't see anything indicating either way on the website and am aware that a number of races ask for runners to collect numbers on the day.
I understand that the race packs are being sent out late next week DP
From what I've heard there is no closing date, so I'm sure numbers can be collected on the day if needed.
Having a bit of knee trouble at the moment and still un-decided as to whether to enter or not. Really tempted too though!
Thanks. Will await my pack. Didn't want to factor in extra time for finding and getting to HQ given I am driving over from Telford on the morning.
Shame if your knee is playing up Jamie. Do you know what it might be or the cause? You still have a few weeks to rest it and be fit for the race so fingers crossed.
Hi Guys, and thanks John for submitting info, just to confirm the race packs will be sent out late next week, we are awaiting confirmation as to wether we can use the Llanrwst FC club house for the registration which would be at the start finish area, otherwise it will be at the sports centre. There are approx 200 parking spaces 1/4 mile from the start at Glasdir which is just as you enter Llanrwst travelling from the A55, with plenty more spaces at the sports centre, this information and more will be in your packs. The mud you mention is off the tractor wheels on tarmac roads, the main hill is a 1 in 7 at approx 3.5 miles and lasts 1/4 of a mile. Keep checking the website for race day updates. I look forward to seeing you on race day, dig deep and enjoy!
Chris Yorke, Race Director.
Thanks Chris. Helpful info and good to know the Race Director is following conversation about the race. Really looking forward to a good day.
Hi Doc Pete, I think it might be the good old runner's knee issue unfortunately. Though I have been doing regular strengthening exercises and using a foam roller which has helped, so fingers crossed it'll be OK in a few weeks.
Chris, if we enter online from now I presume we'll just collect race packs on the day, is that correct?
Early forecasts would seem to indicate weather will be Ok for Sunday - perhaps a bit of rain, but not too warm and not too windy
Hi, ran the race today. The hill is a monster!! But great race.
Anyone know where we can get the results from?
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