Cameraderie Rules! SNOD
I too am off to 2010
RR I think Jason d's your 3.30 pacer - I'm gonna target something flatter for a sub 3.30 attempt. I hope you all join us on Running Bench's 2010 thread
FR ...WHERE ARE YOU??????????
Just back from a short break in Cornwall. Shall I post the rest of my report here or have you all gone over to the other side?
Surprised at the vitriol and negative remarks about gun/chip times. You can't really argue with race results. You are listed in finish order from the gun - your gun position and time are your official result. Chip times are also quoted sometimes in races for your personal interest.
I'll be back in 2010, but not sure in what capacity. After 3 attempts I have succeeded in helping nil people over the line in 3:58/59, although achieving it myself. I note what you say, though, brer rabbit - perhaps we could team up next year.
T Rex - Though I didn't actually see you I found the rough paces for sections of course useful, which probably got me to sub-4. So cheers for that. Go for a more selfish target next year and see what you can do on this course.
See you on 2010 thread.
Not sure if this has been asked allready...apologies if it has...
Was it me, or were there two blokes dressed head to toe in blue and red spandex, next to a tandem bike, waving happily at all the runners?
If anyone has information on these two - please tell - I cant make up my mind if I was completely wired or just in a magical Welsh wonderworld?
What did they say???!!!
Just cheering , I asked if they could *ride tandem* like the PG tips joke and they said no they couldn't as they wobbled along!
They had the name of the suits on the back but I can't remember it!
HenElliott wrote (see)
No 108 signing in.
Running for Eryri Harriers i entered my first Snowdon in 1995 and way back then it was organised by the National Trust whose main office is in my home town of Llandudno.
It was my first marathon and i was given number 108.
This year will be my 16th consecutive Snowdon and i have worn number 108 every single year including 2001 where around fifty of us braved the wind and rain. That year they cancelled the race but i remember 1996 being just as nasty but they ran it that time so i suppose health&safety has become an issue since then.
Last year i finished in a slow time of just under 5.27 and removed my chip half way around not wanting to post such a miserable time.
The reason for my walk was to assist Iorwerth Roberts the Eryri runner who has run every single Snowdon. He was wearing ill fitting shoes way past their sell by date and was suffering from severe blisters from a previous race he had run. We walked up to Pen Y Pass and as far as the post office just after 9.3miles.
His race was far more important than mine even though i had trained well. He had wanted to pull out of the race near 8miles but i thankfully talked him out of it.
I have never felt so fresh after 26.2miles and was running the day after mainly because i had never really taken part.
Our split time for half way i remember was 2hrs 46min almost the same time as the winner back in Llanberis but as long as i had my slate coaster who cares.
I remember back in 1997 i reached half way in a decent 1hr 27min having run the race properly but i was younger then and times meant a lot.
This is the only marathon i now run being a local race and more than a challenge than most other marathons.
I turned down a club entry to this years London and thank goodness i did with all the extream weather we have been having and i didnot fancy training through all those cold damp nights.
My best time for Snowdon is a decent 3.21 back in the days when decent runners were breaking 2hr 30 for the course. I remember then i didnot feature in the top 100 with a time like that.
Today with finishing times as slow as 2hr 45 i would almost be in the top 50 runners with a time like that.
The worst weather i can remember was not 2001 but 1996 when the race started on the opposite side of the road In the Quarry.
It was so bad the tansit vans holding peoples kit had to be supported by several mrshalls because they were being blown around so much.
This year i am having a special running shirt made with number 108 printed on it.
I wonder how many other runners have had the same race number for the last fifteen years
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