Snowdonia Marathon 2010

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01/11/2010 at 20:32

I could do with getting a watch that does splits - any reccomendations?

Despite telling myself not to start too fast I did the first mile in 7 mins. I realised I'd overdone the first uphill/downhill by the time the route rejoined the road . Only other times I noted were 38 mins to Pen-Y-Pass, 1:43 to Beddgelert (2 mins up on schedule) and 3:04 to mile 22 at Waunfawr (1 min behind).

At 15 miles I was never running a marathon again. Forgotten already, I'll be back next year .

01/11/2010 at 20:47

Hi Folks. Didn't get under 4, though have some good excuses! I'll start with doing Loch Ness mara on 3rd Oct followed by a week of walking up & down mountains with Mrs Chimney. I did a few runs the following week and tried an 18m lsr on the 16th which hurt lots and was very hard, too hard. I've been in Ipswich for the last two weeks in a hotel doing 14 hour days and no running. Then either tea in the pub on Friday or breakfast at the hotel Saturday did me and my friend no good. Both of us from mile 15 were taking occasional side trips for both ends... . managed to do 4:20 though so not all bad! Neither of us felt able to be too far from our room on saturday night. Wish I could have met up with you guys, perhaps next year. TR et al, I must have beeen close to you for large parts of the second half, wish I knew what you all looked like. Those hail stones were something else.

See you on the 2011 thread.

01/11/2010 at 20:59
reading peters post 800 failed to turn up.perhaps next year they might think of setting the limit higher.i tryed to enter the 2009 race but i was to late.and was gutted would guess few might have been to late this year to enter.can u see what im trying to say? its to good an event for 1300 runners t-rex whats u next ultra and any advice for a first u run all of it or run/walk thx
01/11/2010 at 21:12

No, we'll let the thread sputter on far a bit longer yet.  It will eventually put itself out.

There are a few others out there - Windy Millar? Grassy?  Reydon Rover?  et al?

panad - didn't realise you were keeping me in view.  It was about mile 19 when the realisation dawned that I wasn't going to make it.

Results of LDWA "Where Ravens Dare" 25 (Oct 16) just out where it transpires I was first finisher of 48 assorted runners and walkers by 40 minutes.  That's cheered me up a bit

01/11/2010 at 21:25

Tnx to all accommodation suggestions.Greatly appreciated

01/11/2010 at 21:28

powell1 -  I'm not necessarily best placed to give ultra advice.  BritNick's best on here.  But I suppose I have done 29 altogether - 16 road, 13 offroad (generally the longer ones). I'm doing a 50K (road) on Jan 23 (by then BritNick will have done a dozen more of the things).  btw you had a brilliant run at SNOD and you severely underestimated yourself!

The most important thing to do is to take ultras (especially your first one) MUCH slower than your marathon pace.  Your first half of the event will feel ludicrously slow - but it needs to because the extra miles after, say, 30 - 35 will start to take their toll. Better to finish feeling reasonably OK after having done an even-paced run with no enforced walking.  Speed will come later!

There are several ultra wannabies on here now (or was that the drink talking? ) so how about if we all meet up for the High Peak 40 in September?  It always has a very good RW thread as well - second best to this one in my book (or is it because it has all the same people on it? )

01/11/2010 at 21:31
Evening all,
Not forgotten about you, I am working on my race report. Most of the photos are up. Here's mine! You've been tangoed!!
Edited: 01/11/2010 at 21:32
01/11/2010 at 22:08
Hmmmmmm you can see my legs have started to recover.......does anyone know the date for next years race ?????????
01/11/2010 at 22:16
hmmmm not overly impresesd with those pics SS, seems myself and all the runners around my time were obviously battling through the most extreme of the weather and the photographer was huddling behind a rock when we went past!!!  Story of my life!!
01/11/2010 at 22:23

Thank you T-Rex,  really appreciate all the advice you shared on this thread and that goes for all you other guys that helped us novices

Well done to all who achieved their goals at Snod and commiserations to those that didn't,. I will be back in 2012 hopefully with 8 or so marathons under my belt to have a real go at it.

Thank you to whoever it was taking the photo's on the decent from Waunfawr, talking of that could anyone else hear the crowd from up there? Was pretty special

My face says it all

01/11/2010 at 22:43
01/11/2010 at 22:51

Might start the upward taper at the weekend. Stiffness in my right calf is a warning not to run too soon afterwards, like I usually do.

51 weeks training should be enough time to prepare for ......... next year. It's taken me less than 60 hours to decide to return next year and I'll add on a day and stay Saturday night for the drinking!  

01/11/2010 at 23:05

Races are often over-subscribed and money doesn't seem to be a problem for many people. It's a shame that you have to enter many events months and months in advance eg London and Brighton are usually sell outs soon after they open. Applicants need to know whether they've been successful so that they can book accom, travel, time off, etc.. and have to enter before they've even started training.

Only in an ideal world would we be able to enter most races when we'd finished the training and on the last month's taper. There are some races out there but Snowdonia isn't one of them because it's a classic and a great achievement when completed.

PJL - isn't 2,000 - 1300 equal to 700 not 800? My support crew were Alan (my cousin) and Erika, whom I believe you run with?

01/11/2010 at 23:07

hi folks,

only just had time to catch up with all the posts, 

chrissi/HW - i'm gutted for ya, turn the negative to a positive, and think how much you'll enjoy crossing that line next year

well done on everyone on the superb times, most people can only dream of them on a flat mara, let alone one of the toughest in the calender.

Well what a great weekend, snod never fails to disappoint. but the race is only half the story, its the people that organise/support and run it that makes it stand out from the crowed. Not a great race for me just didn't seem to be firing on all guns from the start, then reacted bad to caffeine gels i was taking so had to stop. i haven't seen the S4C footage yet but hear their is a clip of me "spaced out" pointing at random objects.  at 15m my legs were starting to feel very tired, so by 20m eased back and enjoyed the last few miles 3:20:17 was me final time. I don't think time wise their is much difference between the new and old route, but standard of runner was a lot higher this year.  I also got it long, but that was definitely garmin issues, I notice FF like me your 4m split was one of your fastest and it was one of the biggest climbs of the whole race, so i think they had a little moment their.

Good to chat JB after the race, and the evening drinkies with everyone was superb, I think the rendition of 'we are the champions' summed up the spirit of weekend to a tee. I eventually stumbled into my poorly tent, that somehow survived gail force winds and a muppet breaking the poles.

I'm not doing snod next year (always aim for alternate years), HL i'll see you in capo in 2weeks, t rex hopefully catch up at  Gloucester Marathon, and AB & NQ at the four villages everyone else snod 2012 if not sooner.

Its been great fun as always.

01/11/2010 at 23:07
PJL - Iorweth - one of the few to run every Snowdonia - I saw him on S4C a few years back showing off all his coasters and said to my wife "I'm going to do that race one day" - "yeah right" I'm sure she said (as I was probably 2 stone overweight for a 5`6" chap at the time). I've never actually met IR despite him having a shop in Colwyn Bay (where I worked) and living in Glan Conwy (where I sued to live)
01/11/2010 at 23:11

Hi ct

Nice to meet you - I really admire your approach to marathon races - hope to see you there in 2012 (if not beforehand - I'm contemplating doing a BL event again - I've realised that if that I want to go sub 3h @ Snowdonia, which I do after Saturday, I need to get out of my comfort zone a LOT more!)

01/11/2010 at 23:41
CT / T Rex - Are you both doing Gloucester Marathon in January? I'm entered for that, probably counts as my local mara coming from Bristol.
02/11/2010 at 02:07
Will that be #2, are you squeezing in Cornish, Luton, etc?   I'll be there, but doing 50K.
02/11/2010 at 09:00

 This is me and as can be clearly be seen I'm barely running.

 Mr Ben

After walking round Paris in the cold and wet the week before the race i was feeling like I was getting a touch of flu in the days leading up to the day of the race. Actually on the day of the race I felt fine which was a mighty relief. Today I feel like $**& with flu.

Another lucky one : I absolutely hate having sticky hands from the carbo gels. At 24 miles I took my last gel and then bent down to wash my hands in a puddle and felt a pull in my hamstring. Fortunately it wasn't a show stopper.

 Luck played it's part on me getting round.

I'll hopefully join you in the pub after the race next year........what am I talking about I'm not doing it.

02/11/2010 at 09:44

Loving the race reports on here and apologies for not posting on here but I have been keeping an eye on you all!!

That weather was something else

I did Snowdon in 2008 and loved it then and it's been my favourite ever since. Came back this year and was 16 mins faster. Yay!

Here's me enjoying myself  FUN

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