Snowdonia Marathon 2011

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31/10/2011 at 20:42
Nice one Chimney. Great write up. I too had that tear in the eye moment at the end. It's a great feeling isn't it

I was just 15ft off with my total ascent prediction of 2,500ft!! Awesome.

31/10/2011 at 21:35
Iv spent 2 days trying to decide if I loved or hated the race. Either way I would reccomend it to anyone as the course has to be run to be believed. The support and the field of runners are possibly the warmest Iv encountered.

Congrats to all the finishers and the supporters who braved the conditions.
01/11/2011 at 00:09

Ian H - we'll decide for you: you loved the race.  No other marathon has such drama or presence.

Liked that report, Chimney.  I suppose it could be worse - at least you haven't called yourself Chimney Pot.  Lol.

GTC
01/11/2011 at 00:16
It's on S4C on Friday night, think it's 10:50pm.
GTC
01/11/2011 at 00:16

I'm afraid I can't keep up an endless stream of ridiculous, but true, stories.  Besides you lot are rapidly catching up.

I was intending to have some escapades on Crib Goch but in the end, although I had the time and the weather was reasonable, I decided against it.  I felt I had done enough for one weekend.

01/11/2011 at 00:21

"It's like the Marie Celeste in here."

Barman, Vaynol Arms

01/11/2011 at 07:59
Have posted my report on the 2012 thread for the interested.

Seems I'm in the minority with a that's it from me.

Rou - I think I passed you going up a hill out of Beddgelert. I had a yellow vest on. You ran past me at 12.2 miles as I leaned on a rock doing my laces up. Well done indeed.
01/11/2011 at 09:54
Having enjoyed reading Gobi’s report I thought I’d just post my report summary. Not the best pre race prep after car broke down just after leaving home (could have been worse – could have been well on the way!) and I leave my Garmin in my car! Collared by someone who I know from the TV production company and proceed to give a crap interview! Get to the start and I line up near the front with stonemonkey who I have liaised with over the past 4/5 years on the Snowdonia forums! He looks it good shape and having run 2h45m in London I was sure he would finally go sub 3hr (we talked/joked about it each year!!). I feel in good shape although I know that my averaging 30-40miles pw and not running for more than 2h25m in training may catch up with me. That said I was ready to give it a good crack this year and with my experience re the course, 9 previous marathons and the fact that I had really been enjoying my running the last couple of months I really thought this year I could go sub 3hr. Mile splits, courtesy of Stonemonkey who I ran with for the 1st few miles then was slightly ahead of me thereafter until Waunfawr: 1) 5:52 – Comfortable at back of lead group chatting to stonemonkey
2) 6:02 – Still comfortable at back of pack
3) 6:48 – To just after start of Pen Y Pass climb – decide to ease back
4) 7:39 - Pen Y Pass – running on my own – don’t want to risk it pushing too hard/too early
5) 7:09 - Pen Y Pass – running comfortable on own – sensible decision me thinks
6) 5:15 - Pen Y Pass - PYG – very comfortable – not too far behind a couple of runners ahead7) 5:22 - Onto Gravel and big stones – concentrating on footing – descending well
8) 5:48 – Still on own – keeping pace with runner ahead. Comfortable
9-13)     - Running comfortably on own (averaging 6:12)– catching 2 runners ahead
14)7:01 – Catch Iain R just before Beddgelert (déjà vu!) – great support – boost for climb!
15)7:03 – Felt strong/comfortable up climb – drop Iain – dragging Altrincham AC runner up
16-180   - Running with Altrincham AC runner, but feel pushing it too much for me (ave 6:15)19-21)   - I wish Altrincham runner all the best (he does 2h46m!) - ease back to 6m25s22)     - Into Waunfawr – catch up with stonemonkey – hope that we can help each other up!
23)10:35 – Nothing in the legs - really struggling – walk/slow run strategy
24)8:53 – Still struggling – trying to dig in/hang on – I know that sub 3hr on the cards
25)7:31 – Glad to get to the top – ready to mince the legs on the descent
26)5:48 – Descending well although almost end up on backside a couple of times
27)1:12 – Nice to get back onto tarmac/the flat – beaming for the last 100meters given support and the realisation that I was going to clock sub 2h55m - end up clocking 2h54m44s Without doubt my best marathon – to run it at Snowdonia makes it that much more special – and for stonemonkey and me to finally go sub 3hr (and some) and finish 17th and 18th  respectively was something!! I really feel that I don’t think I could have run the race any better, which is something I don’t think I’ve said before after a marathon!! 

Legs feel OK now. I’m still on a bit of a high after Saturday. I have had a lot of messages from other runners, which I have been made up with.  

01/11/2011 at 10:08
Nice one JB - you got the job done by mile 22 and finished very well.

23 sound horrific but you showed a lot of balls through 24 and 25

Reading your splits it supports my analysis of why I didn't do a sub 3.
01/11/2011 at 10:31

Thank you Gobi

Yep, the Waunfawr climb was pretty horrific, but, as of course you know, you have to respect the marathon and if you haven't done the training it can really come back and bite you back!! I am hoping with a bigger mileage in 2012 including some longer (& slower!)/timewise runs I would run the last 5miles a lot stronger (something which Iain R has discussed with me - he said I would probably have had the lowest weekly mileage of any other runner in the top 20 - Iain probably does double my mleage!!)

As I've said before I was sorry that you could not approach this marathon 100% and give it your best shot - I recall you saying before that, having done it as part of the triple, in 2006 you wanted to come back and do it justice - it is a shame that you haven't had that oppotunity

01/11/2011 at 10:54
JB - it doesn't matter that much as I ran ok. I keep thinking the weather must have been great in 2006 for me to think the goat path was manageable. If I had jogged it in Saturdays conditions I would not have see the mountains and would not have come back.

Did you notice how nice the weather was on Sunday ?
01/11/2011 at 11:10

Yep - weather day before/after was, pretty much ideal!! Since you did it back in 2006 the weather has been "interesting/challenging" each year - I keep on saying that we are due a nice one next year. I thnk the weather conditons were a lot worse for the fantastic spectators marshalls etc than the runners. That said I would like a drier one - it would make the descent into Llanberis a lot quicker.

I briefly spoke to you after you finished and got out of the finish area, but you were shooting off to get dry/warm (I was in my hi viz orange running jacket)

01/11/2011 at 11:59
JB - I noticed it was nice the day before as well. I did have 3 lovely days in Wales. Nothing would have got me down that hill any quicker with better grip I may have been even slower.

Safe to say I really needed those dry clothes.
01/11/2011 at 12:05
if you fancy another great race in Beautiful Wales, Matt (the commentator on Saturday) is organising Trail Marathon Wales. Have a look at www.trailmarathonwales.com entries went live this morning !!!
Edited: 01/11/2011 at 12:05
01/11/2011 at 12:15
Well done to everyone who completed Snowdon this year.  Watching on the telly, reading the various reports here, has been inspirational and you all deserve a massive congrats.  Off to the 2012 thread to make sure I catch everyone.  Well done guys.
01/11/2011 at 13:03
Excellent report, Chimney. Good result too. Same goes for TR39, Stu and everybody else on here. SNOD 2011 seems to have excelled on the PB front. The success must taste really good if it prompts a 'welling up'. It is a sensation I have yet to experience after 15 years. I look forward to the day when I might put in a performance that might justify it. SNOD next year, perhaps?
Edited: 01/11/2011 at 13:04
01/11/2011 at 18:24
You will BN, you will...
01/11/2011 at 20:37

Chimney- great report

JB- congratulations on a cracking and well deserved result

Stuart- still eating now!!

Sub 3 SNOD sure sounds good

Signing off here now- thanks to everyone- it's been a blast as always! See you in 2012 and on 2012 thread

01/11/2011 at 21:47
JB - your 5:48 26 mile split is simply incredible!! I simply can not comprehend how on something so steep and unrunnable you went at that speed! Sheer guts!!! Awesome.
01/11/2011 at 21:53
Btw what the heck is going on with the 2011 and 2012 thread!!! I told TRex on Saturday night that this would happen!!! I'm going backwards and forwards between the two more often than PJL and his mate have coasters!!!

Can someone please officially close 2011 in some kind of closing ceremony thingy. Surely Frodo should do the honours!!!??
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