Snowdonia Marathon 2014

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29/10/2014 at 09:56

how does a marathon get voted 'best marathon 2014' - does someone have to nominate it?

29/10/2014 at 12:35

Chimney that's an excellent report. The finishing sprint sounded impressive. I couldn't do that even if my life depended on it.

I still haven't watched the S4C programme yet; hoping to get around to that some time after next weekend's race to capture some magical memories.

T Rex, I'm loving the story.

29/10/2014 at 22:04
Fish it's done on the ratings on the runners world race bit. The higher and more of the total rating = the best marathon
29/10/2014 at 22:15

I don't routinely rate races i do via the RW site, it has to be really exceptional for me to comment. I have voted for Snod as I thought it was excellent ( has overtaken Brathay as number 1 in my personal ranking). The entry is limited compared to other marathons, so if you thought it was good, give your feedback! ( or should we keep it a secret so we can still get entries in future years )

31/10/2014 at 03:01

Better finish my tale ...

At the top was a barrier and another tarmac road.  The top road.  Above this were a few half-hearted beginnings of quarries and then open hillside, at last.  It was good to get on more normal terrain but it was still hard going because of the steepness and the very strong wind indeed.

I made it to the summit of Elidir Fach 795m but by now it was starting to get dangerous.  I was sometimes blown about helplessly and felt at any moment I could go airborne.  Fortunately the summit had a large cairn and on the leeward side I crouched to eat some rather yummy flapjacks.  Thanks SS.

From this position the onward journey to Elidir Fawr looked formidable.   A very wide and steep cliff face presented itself , the higher reaches in cloud.   Before long wisps of cloud reached my position and soon it was thick clag.  I decided against going up.  I put my jacket on with the hood up over my beanie and buff pulled over my entire face except the eyes to try to keep warm and cautiously walked away from my shelter.

I was immediately blown about like a piece of tumbleweed.  

31/10/2014 at 03:08

It was the poles – they were a liability and the wind was bending them badly.  I retreated back to the cairn to fold them up and then it was a difficult journey , crouched low, sometimes crawling, sometimes waiting for a particular gust to die down, before scuttling a little further.  I gradually lost height.  I had sensibly taken a compass bearing before having my break on a dead-reckoning straight back to the turning head car park near the cottage.  This bearing I followed religiously – across boulder fields, roadside barriers, a gate at one point, and most difficult of all two long stretches of slate scree slopes.  Now I know Kilian Jornet would have run down that slate in 10 seconds but I turned round and went down backwards very carefully, making sure I never put both feet on the same bit of slate at once.

It was an unsettling experience.  Those slopes look stable enough but they’re not at all.  Every piece, no matter what size, was loose and liable to move, and sometimes did move , and sometimes the whole slope was on the move, I dread to think how many tons of it.  I didn’t like it all and was glad to get to the bottom of the second slope.  Across some rough grazing areas over a stone wall straight into a difficult wild patch of scrub and brambles going very steeply downhill.  Soon I was at the lip of a vertical drop, a quarry used by climbers and just then there were a couple on it inching upwards.  I found a rough route by the side of it, along a fence, sometimes hanging on to the fence.  It was one of those fences where you’re not sure what side of it you’re not supposed to be on.

Finally on terra firma at the car park.  If any of the people sitting in their cars thought my route unusual, they didn’t say so.  They would have been able to see me from the second slate heap onwards.

Back at the cottage at 1415, now empty of persons, finished packing, a quick tidy-up and off home.

It would be good to have some company on my next post-SNOD walk.  It’s good to be able to share experiences, not just read about them!!

31/10/2014 at 06:46

SNOD one day and a walk with TRex the next, sounds as challenging as doing a double SNOD, and seeing how mad challenges seem to appeal to people on here, I think you could have quite a crowd joining you next year! I was finding simply going down stairs a bit of a challenge!

31/10/2014 at 13:23

T Rex that was an interesting adventure. If I didn't have to get back home to catch up with the pre-Monday chores you know I would have joined you. Perhaps next year I will book the Monday off work so I can.

31/10/2014 at 13:42
Hi Guys, back in the land of the internet!

well I was expecting SNOD to get the better of me this year and it didn't disappoint I was going ok until Beddgelert when the lack of long runs really showed, the drag out of Beddgelert broke me and although I managed to pick up the pace again after Pont Caer Gors I was losing time from then on. I had been playing leapfrog with one of the mums from school all the way - she'd go past me on the ups, I'd catch her back and take over again on the downs and flats. We ended up at the station in Waunfawr together and she kept me going up to Bwlch y Groes, when I asked her what her time hopes were and she said she was hoping from sub 430 (previous pb of 445), but she was running without a watch, a quick glance at mine and I told her we had 8 mins to get down to Llanberis and returned the favour of help up the hill by 'pushing' her down the other side and we crossed the line with 4.29.30 on the clock - gave me a chip time of 4.28.30 so I avoided a SNOD pw by around 6mins - and she must've got her pb

Mr Panad made it to Rhyd Ddu this year before I caught up with him - he's getting further each year! - his wheels had also fallen off, and he staggered over the line at 5hrs.

Next year is going to be pb effort for me (assuming training goes to plan....!)

love the idea of a double SNOD I'm sure you all told me I was completely nuts when I suggested it a few years ago, glad to see you've all caught up!! (and I've been sectioned so I've got an excuse!!) Add me to the list for 2016

TRex - glad to hear you've survived your latest adventure!

Well done everyone Off to find the 2015 thread....
31/10/2014 at 20:48

Great to hear from you Panad!

When do we turn the lights out in this forum? I always feel a bit sad when we depart from one to another, but hey..let's go!


01/11/2014 at 03:41

Night, night.  See you all in 2015


01/11/2014 at 13:26
This time last week I was approaching Waunfawr! I managed to finish in 3:28 despite the cold, just inside my 3:30 target. Very hard from Waunfawr onwards but had a great descent. Hoka Cliftons were great.
Another great day out and really enjoyed the S4C coverage with a drink on Sunday night.
Hope you all enjoyed it, roll on next year!
I think I've recovered enough for a run now - Moel-Y-Gest later

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