Snowdonia Marathon 2014

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27/08/2014 at 19:07

Love the 'rocky track' I overtake loads during that part of the course.

And this year I'm running all the way up Waun Fawr, even if it is slower than walking

27/08/2014 at 20:37

God description there John Bach, except you didn't mention the weather FR, like the sound of the Scotland events, have made a decision that other than London I am not doing any hyped-up city marathons next year. That said, I've just deferred my York marathon place until next year because of..well, I can't be arsed with the hassle to be honest!

Packed for next jaunt but I am such a prat sometimes. Went out for a little pre-ultra marathon and marathon back to back jog and ended up doing 23 miles. Taper-over rated!!! We'll see. Not done it yet but this time I may have pushed the limits however pulled in an hour's BlackBerrying which yielded a mountain. Crumble anyone?

27/08/2014 at 22:21

Sorry brer - could have mentioned the weather, but with Snowdonia the weather is so varied - not just does it vary so much year to year, but it can vary so much during the race itself. I recall 2008, when the organisers were close to cancelling the race - thankfully they didn't - not many marathons where you have to climb over trees which had just been blown over!! No point worrying about the weather - part of what is a fantastic event, although I really do feel sorry for the marshals/spectators who have to endure the elements. I think runners should just turn up full prepared for all weather types and decide on the day what best to wear


Yesterday at 01:27

Three weeks?

I specialise in three-day plans.

After Abingdon, which is six days before this, I will work out what to do, if anything, by way of training .

Yesterday at 01:32

What ultra are you lining up for 2015, Chimney?  Would it be one I'm interested in as well?

+1 for The Highland Fling as a first race in Scotland. A great course with a bit of everything, including a short section of Grade 1 scrambling.  Done it four times.  The extension onward to Fort William is optional.

Yesterday at 05:46

Morning all,

Ah, the weather. As long as you remember the sun tan cream, the crampons, and everything in between you should have it covered....  

TR, probably too short for you! High Peak 40, with possibly Hardmoors 60.

Yesterday at 06:06

I have decided not to race this year so if anybody wants my number message me and we can work something out. Like SD I'm not going to get the training in and have got a few local 10k's lined up instead. No doubt the weather will be spot on this year i,e wind, horizontal rain, hail ect and I will be gutted that I missed out.

Yesterday at 07:15
JB 2008 was definitely epic
Yesterday at 09:02
Thanks all - great info chimney. Looking forward to it now - i much preferred the white peak event to London because it was off road and less crowded! Legs getting used to more runnjng again this week - triathlon training has been great fun but I am looking forward to some long runs without thinking I have to swim that day too! Chimney - I was petrified of open water at the beginning of the year so entered a tri to get myself over it! Love it now and would rather get in a lake than a pool any day.
Off for a bit of speedwork today in Suffolk before we head back to the hills tomorrow - 19 planned on Sunday!
Take care
Yesterday at 14:34

Umm, Chimney, that's two ultras.  

Both are interesting.  Did HP40 in 2007 7:54 and 2008 8:35, both with mishaps, so I've got unfinished business there.  H60 would be new for me and I like coast paths.

Yesterday at 21:27

Brer- thanks for the heads up about accommodation for Abingdon, but I booked months back. Training is going really well at the moment

Chimney- i have always done my fell-runner's  walk for part of the climb to Bwlch y Groes. Overtaken a few who have run all the way though  

TRex- are you staying in Abingdon? We will have to meet up

Tempo run for me today- 12m with 2x3m and 1x2m at 10m race pace. Then a far more enjoyable 5.2m jog this evening in the sun

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