Cameraderie Rules! SNOD
Congratulations to everyone who took part this year .
I didn't think anything would top the Snowdon fell race that I ran earlier this year, but if anything this was even more satisfying. Can't wait for next year!
Many congratulations also to everybody - this was my first marathon and whilst I had a tough time with the dreaded stomach cramps I am definitely doing it next year! Wonderful organisation and the support going round was fantastic given how there are very small pockets of people living around the course which actually made it more overwhelming that they took the time to support us.
I ran 5 hours 24 mins and I'm most proud of that as I had to stop to deal with the stomach issue a couple of times.
What a great bunch of people to run with! Many thanks to Chuck and co for their wonderful support in getting us all to the cut off in time when we were all really hurting at that point. The last hill involved a lot of swearing.
I am now preparing for the Beacons Ultra in 2 weeks time but am having a good active recovery week with the promise from my wonderful trainer of some back to back long runs next week (mind you after what we went through on Saturday it seems much less daunting now).
I can't wait for next years race as I simply want to better my time and this time enjoy the scenery a bit more as its my favourite place in the UK.
I might see you at Llandudno ct as I have never done a 10miler (nor a 1/2M for that matter) before and it is not as if I've got too far to go? (everyone I've spoken to re running in Llandudno always raved about the "old" 10mile race - route has, I understand, changed - should be even quicker by all accounts?). The only thing going against me doing the race is I'm doing London and I'm not sure I'll be able to get away with doing 2 races in 2 months!?
Getting too old ct? I see from the Snowdonia results that almost 1/2 of the 1st 30male finishers were 40+!!
In one of my 'desk cleanup' phases I found the marathon map with all my expected times at various points. I'd put me down as 5:12 and I got 5:11 !!!!!!!
I predict 3:30 next year
Oh, in North Wales on weekend of 21st so thiought I may eneter Conwy half but all sold out. Llanberis to ??? for me.
Well guys and gals .....its been a real blast knowing you all ....and its funny how you feel like you know people without ever having met them. The support and motivation of this thread have made the training and build up to this marathon so much easier but im afraid to say its now time to jump ship..........
but the good bit is i will see you all over on the Snod 2011 thread Providing i dont have some kind of huge hangover on January 1st i will be waiting along with my flexible friend (or not so these days!!) to get my entry in for next years race
see you all soon
Snowdon was my first marathon. What a wonderful place to do such a ridiculous thing. I've literally had to relearn how to walk over these past few days. I don't think I'll ever be quite right again!
I've got to say a big thanks to the organisers and marshalls for putting on such an amazing event. And well done to everyone who had a go. 26.2 miles is long way. At mile 17 I began to think that marathons weren't for me. Now I'm looking out for my next one.
If you're bored, have a read of my stupid running ramblings and race report on my James Goes Running blog thingy at http://jamesgoesrunning.blogspot.com/.
CancelThe Sky - what a fantastic read that was.
I must take issue with the part regarding the last hll at 22 miles though...
"Nearly everyone except the odd nutter was reduced to an uphill shuffle. "
WHo you calling a nutter?
I was 20 min behind you....this year
Yes I'm off too, maybe to be seen on he 2011 thread.
yep time to say goodbye, hopefully see you all at snod 2012. although i hope our paths will cross again sooner.
As always its been a great fun. till next time
for those of you, like me, who didn't feature in alistair tye's pix he's realised he forgot to upload some and has know done so....
SS, they are only making themselves feel good about their own inadequacy by belittling you. Ignore them. Those who matter (your nearest and dearest and your fellow SNOD-ers) understand and know what you have achieved, and are mightily impressed.
panad, thanks for the link. I thought Alistair's camera must have been shorted out by the rain when we ran down. I'm there after all! Britnick.
CancelTheSky, brilliant report.
Mr Ben, I ran all the way up that last hill too.
Welcome back SZ-how are you?
SS- I cannot believe there are such bitchy people out there..do not let them undermine you-in my experience, no-one cares about the time when you tell them you have done Snowdon marathon, they just gasp in awe!!
SS, It is a fantastic achievement for anyone regardless of time to complete Snowdonia..Do not listen to negative, ignorant people, they and their narrow minded opinions do not matter.
Well done for making this your first marathon, couldnt find a tougher one!!
SS, they may say that they "could have walked faster", but in reality you, and the rest of us, know that they couldn't. You could of course say "that's great, so come & do it with me next year", which will have them running for cover - but that's not really the point ... you've achieved a fantastic achievement doing this marathon .... and don't forget, you ran all the way up Waunfawr, which as you know from my report, I couldn't do, and couldn't see how I could do it either, and for that I have the greatest respect for you.
Be proud of what you've achieved, you've done brilliantly.
SS - "Armchair critcs" are just "couch potatoes" who think the only point in doing anything is to win it or earn money from doing something. Similarly, some newspaper hacks like to write off superstars when they're at a low point; as joggers (Paula Radcliffe) and hackers (Tiger Woods). Obviously they couldn't run or play at these sportsmen's levels even when they were at their lowest point. Truth is their opinion doesn't really matter.
To compete in Snod as your first marathon is very brave and unlike you I didn't run all the way up from Waunfawr. If you did then you paced yourself very well - especially as this was your first time. They do become easier, mentally, and with improved training you will be able to improve your times but the first marathon is not really about time, it's about completeing the task. Whether it's 2, 4 5 or 6 hours, you've still achieved your ambition and not many people can claim that.
Well done and hope to seee you next year.
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