The 25th Anniversary
Just back from picking up the pack - I turned off A55 and up the conway valley to Betws and capel curig - the traffic was backed up to Deganwy at about 7.00. Once picked up the pack I came back through the roadworks about 8.30 it was nice and clear both ways.Interesting driving down the pass - sheet rain and a fair wind - spoke to a local in a flat cap(he was wearing the cap) he said wind would drop and we'd get 13 degrees in the morning.
Gonna have my tea now - phew!
he's here, he's there
(and i'm wide awake at some ridiculous hour. may bob off half way round the course at this rate - someone turn the lights back off please)
guess you've gone now paul.
have a good journey. see you there. beep beep.
Special thoughts to Ultra Hammie on his 100th marathon
hve a great day guys
Lights back on again.. *rubs eyes*
Sleep would have been nice.. had strange dreams that they would make us stop every few miles and do strange tasks.
Me worried - never!
Will keep an eye out for Hammie. Have decided to run in the arse hanging out shorts.. well hell its another layer against the welsh mountain weather!
Fingers crossed all for a great day... got to run.. *boom boom*
Looks like i'm first one back. What a great race,hope every one enjoyed.
I came in in 3:14:27, 47th over all and 10th in the v40 cat, so i'm very happy at the moment, and just about to go out to celebrate with a few beers.
Nice to see Carot top and flying ant and mr phil out on the course.
Just back after having a bath and meal. Not sure if I saw any of you guys. Mrs Kwaka (Supertec) was no. 1514 and I ran with her for the 1st 3 miles then ran back to the start.
I then got lost trying to find the route backwards but eventually topped out on the top of the last hill (on my cycle) just as the first runners was hitting the 24 mile mark. You may have seen me on a blue mtb with a blue bike helmet shouting on all the Stockport runners and any other vest I recognised. Met up with Mrs K at the 19 mile mark and turned round supporting her up the hill.
Top marks to her as she pb'd; 4:18 chip time.
Well done everyone.
Nice to see Nurse Gladys and Iron Tractor Boy at the start.. eventually got in .. well eventually we'll leave it there!
Off for a bath and LONG sleep!
Well done guys, bit of weather we had eh?
RESPECT BIG TIME !!!
Sinatra reporting in....
Well this was my 2nd ever marathon, first being at Great Langdale last month. What a toughie! Started off at a decent pace and took it steady up the pass. From the top of the pass to Beddgelert was mostly downhill and probably taken at a bit too quick a pace really.
Coming out of Beddgelert the legs started to feel heavy and people began to pass me. I tried to put this out of my mind as I was out to beat my time not other people, so I soldiered on. I took it steady and tried to maintain a decent pace over the undulating course. Again people passed me and I wondered if I'd made the right decision to run another marathon so soon after Langdale.
Hitting the last hill at Waunfawr, cramp immediately set in on my right calf and I had to mix walking and running to get to the top. From there I was able to get the speed going again for the downhill section and aimed to get back to the finish for 3 hours and 45 minutes.
As I approached the finish, I could hear over the tannoy that 3 hours and 40 minutes was a possibility if I kept going a bit more. Crossing the line in 3 hours and 39 minutes meant i'd smashed my Langdale time by 27 minutes. All that was left to do then was to enjoy a well earned coffee and a couple of chocolate cookies and collect my t-shirt.
The support around the course was fantastic, everybody out to cheer us on along the way. The organisation of the race was first class as was the service at the water/feeding stations especially given the weather.
Well done everyone!
Pics of today's marathon at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepinno/sets/72157602743978172/
(Keep visiting as he will be adding more i'm sure)
Hope everyone enjoyed their race, whatever time you did it in! I was very happy to be home and....wet in 3:19 today.
Great race this one, and I thought the organisation was brilliant all around the course, and some fantastic local support to go with the travelling fans too.
It's high time I was in bed...
It only took my 7 hours 15 minutes to drive up on Friday, about 2 and a half hours longer than expected, it was slow traffic on M6 and then the road works on the A55.
It was an enjoybale race, I went off too first and at 8 miles I was on for beating my PB, until a few more hills and the rain. At which point I put on the green bin liner which I kept from the start, you may have seen me. I decided to use the run/walk approach from about 16 miles as I was aware there was a few big hills near the end.
I ended up with a time of 4:49 which I was pleased with due to conditions and my lack of training in the build up.
Next Stop Wembley and then on to the Dublin Marathon, afterwards a few well deserved local black drink
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