Snowdonia Marathon 2011

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06/11/2010 at 20:56
hello all been out about 4 times this week and feel great after last wk.did a pb on my 8mile training run fri.and felt a lot more there.can i ask where and when is abington? mara and whats it like.also thinking of gloucester mara in jan any idea what they r like thx
06/11/2010 at 23:34

Can help here a bit:

Shakespeare - excellent marathon, one of my favourites.  Although in April, always hot! There is a legendary 5-mile stretch of cindery cycle track in the latter stages called The Greenway which has been known to turn into a furnace, a crucible of suffering.  Fills up very quickly, so get entering asap. Traffic is bad getting to it and parking very expensive - suggest use P&R.

Abingdon -  south of Oxford, mid-October. A PB course which always has a fast field - everybody chasing PBs, I suppose. A club runner's marathon.  Extremely well-organised, starts and finishes on a running track. Fills up very quickly.

Gloucester - after a dull few miles of housing estates, 3 laps of an attractive rural loop (or 4 if you're doing the 50K!!), two minor hills each lap. PB course.

All three of these I would rate as fast courses.

07/11/2010 at 08:38
Many thanks for info on marathon suggestions folks, much appreciated
07/11/2010 at 14:35
My plans marathon plans for next year are: Paris in April, Mersey Marathon (if the organisation gets off the ground) and Snod in October.

I may/may not* have been to Decathlon this morning and I may/may not* have bought a rather groovy new rucksack for long distance running. So I may/may not* still be contemplating entering the Lakeland 50 in July.

*delete as applicable

Right, the time has come - I am dressed and ready to head out the door for the first time since my pathetic Snod withdrawal. Fingers crossed I am at last healed...
07/11/2010 at 15:45

Hi all

Frodo Hope your run went great

DE keep ultra talk alive.......haven't come over to the darkside yet but get closer every time you and the rest of the ultra nutters put up a report!!! I think Frodo is closer than me to turning...........

T-rex Looking at doing a fast mara next year will take a look at those. Now I have a PB to beat

Well back to running at silly o clock for the next week or so getting into half mara mode ready for Conwy. 0530 start in morning for a steady 6miler.

07/11/2010 at 16:31

Did my first ever proper off roader today, not sure of distance as left Garmin at home, was out for a good 2 hours. Really enjoyed it, even though I had to hose myself down in the garden when I got home

You all turning into  the crazies, ultras, was 26.2 not bad enough???

07/11/2010 at 17:01
*happy hobbit alert*

I can run again! It ain't pretty, and it ain't fast, but it's an awful lot better than sitting sulking on the sofa
07/11/2010 at 18:40
thx t-rex thinking of maybe 2 of them atb
07/11/2010 at 21:13
Yey! That's great news Frodo
08/11/2010 at 13:13

Fantastic Frodo no that feeling well!!!

08/11/2010 at 18:40
Hmmmm glad to see my posts continue to be bl@#dy invisible
08/11/2010 at 19:31
stret09 My first bit of off road was coming back into Llanberis last week!! thoroughly enjoyed ittrouble is where I live you got to run a fair way out of town before you get to any where of road. But think I'm going to try and find some local tracks that ain't concrete! Sorry if I haven't always responded to posts.....gets busy on here!! Well done on your time for snod by the way well impressed seen your pic as well you looked well focused.
08/11/2010 at 19:34
Stret, have you looked at the Race the Train event in Twywn? 14 miles of off road madness in August. Great fun
Brer, Chrissi and I ran it this summer, and I definitely hope to give it another go this next year.
08/11/2010 at 20:33

Bloody hell, I get waylaid with work and next thing I know you lot have been jibber-jabbing away and its taken ages to try and catch up! You even changed threads lol!

Hello to all, new and not so new

* Frodo * wrote (see)

Stret, have you looked at the Race the Train event in Twywn? 14 miles of off road madness in August. Great fun Brer, Chrissi and I ran it this summer, and I definitely hope to give it another go this next year.

Have had this one in my diary since you lot did it last time - sounded waaay too much fun!!

I'm afraid off road and mud are my first passions - spent most of my long runs for SNOD on trail or fell

If you think you are going to spend time off road I'd recommend investing in some suitable footwear, makes life a lot more pleasant! Inov-8's for me every time but there are loads of good shoes out there.

Glad you are up and running Frodo, nothing worse than them gumpy hobbitses

08/11/2010 at 21:27
DM loves the mud and off road running...Inov-8 mudrocs here too
08/11/2010 at 21:35
There's a knees up after the train race too, with it being a Saturday event. We couldn't stay this year, but would like to next - pre-SNOD party anyone?

I'm a Salomon XT wings gal
08/11/2010 at 21:37
Evening all,
I know my original post was on the 2010 thread but that one seems to be flickering a bit now. Thanks for the kind words and the reassurances. I know deep down that I should be very proud of myself for doing what I did and and I will definitely be back next year, I should ignore these idiots or maybe even challenge them to race me next year.
08/11/2010 at 21:44
I didn't post a reply on the 2010 thread, SS, but I reckon your critics are talking out of their asses. I have run a sub-4 flat marathon and I have also walked marathons as part of a multi-day event, and the fastest I could walk a marathon, again on the flat, was 5 and a half hours.

Hope that puts things into context a little? You have an awesome achievement under your belt already, I think your target for next year is entirely reasonable

Why not invite your "friends" to join us?
08/11/2010 at 23:43

stret - have you ignored yourself accidentally??

Yes, time to start looking forward now rather than back.

New posters are always very welcome as we start cranking up towards SNOD11. I've ordered the snow.  I wonder if any more offroad bits are possible, just to close up the last bit of the loop ...  Perhaps ignore Waunfawr village and go straight up the hillside?

09/11/2010 at 08:34
TRex- I understand that they are thinking of replacing the new offroad section with a new route incorporating Crib Goch.  
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