Camaraderie Rules :-D
Oh and yes the views were stunning, the sun was out, it was fresh and bracing, there was no mud or water anywhere BUT give me the usual SNOD weather anytime ...
First day back in front of a computer since Thurs and been catching up with the posts.
TRex - Really sorry to hear that you had to miss out. Hope Mrs Rex is feeling better.
Some stunning times and tales from everyone. Special congrats to Tattooed Runner - fantastic time after missing so much training time. Hat off to you.
I knocked 16 mins off my SNOD PB finishing in 3.35.22. Well pleased with that and whole race day experience. Loved the sunny clear weather but looking forward to a return to wind and rain next year
I had a nice chat with Dennis Walmsley early on in the race (caught on TV) - he told me that he had not run the race since 2007, which I told him was my 1st one - I said I remembered running up the pass with him & John Allen (they were wearing numbers 1 + 2) - I said I stupidly tried to keep with them on the descent and faded very badly!! Little did I think at the time of speaking to him on Saturday, that that was going to happen to him later . I have the utmost respect for him - he was, he said, 50 this year - great to see a 5 time winner still support the event, which is close to his heart. A true gent!
One of my many happy memories from the race on Saturday was hearing a prominent local runner who I'd spoken to that morning shout out at the top of the Pass (in his distinctive Irish accent) "So much for taking it easy John"!!
Reading all the stories, seeing all the pictures etc is really putting a smile on my face, although I feel that I'm suffering from post marathon depression!? I did say no more spring/flat marathons, but I've recently heard that the 2013 Blackpool marathon starts outside and finishes inside my beloved Bloomfield Rd stadium (my Dad is Blackpool born & bred & I am a lifelong BFC supporter!!) - looks like it will be marathon number 13 for me!!
Good luck with the training for it JB . Hopefully your new footwear will sort out your PF issues in the future .
It's a shame they can't have a SNOD every month of the year oh well I suppose it makes the occasion that much better .
Don't think there will be a spring marathon for me next year but I have the TMW early summer to think about if I can get my time close to the 4 hour or just under then that will be an achievement in itself .
Hopefully get some consistent training behind me next year .2012 has certainly been up and down with injuries .
T Rex wrote (see)
BritNick I see you achieved the final target you set yourself, not the one I set you!!
I have a knack of gauging my level of fitness and predicting my finishing time leading into a race. I knew 4:30 was realistic and 4:00 was an impossibility. I'd have to be super race fit to achieve that and I knew I wasn't. As it turned out, 4:28 was a marathon PW but it was the best I could manage on the day. Still, it was such a beautiful day with such great camaraderie from runners and supporters I didn't mind one jot. I seized the opportunity to take pictures along the way. I'll upload them within a day or two. It was the first time I have ever seen the summit of Snowdon from below.
Well done to all who got PBs. Well done to all who finished. Well done to all who gave it a go and was unable to finish. It had to be one of the best SNOD days ever. It was the best in the 7 years I've done it. I've never seen the ground so dry on that final descent - unbelievable. Can't wait until next year now.
Looking at my position at half way and finish position, I made up 47 places. This is a surprise as my +ve split was about 18 minutes!!!
My positive split was 29 minutes and I still made up 29 places! Most of those were on the final descent (best part - reminds me more of fell running).
Five mins slower in the second half, and I put it down to the hill at the end.
NQ2 give yourself a huge pat on the back when i saw you around 17 miles you looked done in so a huge well done from me a lesser person would have quitallways said to finish is more than enough
UDS - Al Tye (www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk) and Gwynfor James (ww.sportspictures.co.uk) were taking pictures
UDS: Oh yes, felt myself having to make 'excuses' because I was way off my PB. Still, for me I had an incredible experience and felt I challenged myself rather than being pampered round some city centre marathon. My friends will still be more impressed by a trek round London in April than Snowdon, but I know which was the most rewarding.
Taking the legs out for their first run tomorrow, hoping they are fully recovered as pacing at PR on saturday
actually impressed probably the wrong word, vaguely interested probably nearer the mark
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