Snowdonia Marathon

The 25th Anniversary

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29/10/2007 at 10:54
I was behind chap with the rucksack for a while, and I couldn't believe he was in the race.  I thought he was a walker out for the day, and had just decided to jog along for a bit.  I went past him at about 6 or 7 miles, and saw he had a number on.  Couldn't believe it!! Anyway, he didn't come past me again, so I doubt he made 5 hrs - I was 4.54.  Imagine that in boots!!!! Ouch!!
29/10/2007 at 10:58
kwaka - i've seen the pictures! made snowdon look totally tropical. glad you had muddy fun. its my home turf (or mud)
29/10/2007 at 11:15

Ultra Hamster - I met you at the ceremony.  I was the woman with Ultra Minnie.  Well done on getting your 100, and a lovely memento. 

Don't think I'll make 100 myself.  It's took me 4 years to do 4.  And I always say 'never again'. 

29/10/2007 at 12:07

A final titter from me..

 Tony Blair started jogging near his new home after he left Downing Street but on each run he happened to jog past a prostitute standing on the same street corner, day after day.

With some apprehension he would brace himself as he approached her for what was most certainly to follow. "Fifty quid!" she would cry out from the curb. "No, a fiver !" fired back Blair .

This ritual between Tony and the hooker continued for days. He'd run by and she'd yell, "Fifty quid!" And he'd yell back, "A Fiver!"

One day however, Cherie decided that she wanted to accompany her husband on his jog!

As the jogging couple neared the problematic street corner, Tony realised the "pro" would bark her £50 offer and Cherie would wonder what he'd really been doing on all his past outings.

He realised he should have a good explanation for his wife.

As they jogged into the turn that would take them past the corner, Tony became even more apprehensive than usual.

Sure enough, there was the prostitute! Tony tried to avoid the tart's eyes as she watched the pair jog past.

Then, from the pavement, she shouted... "See what you get for a bloody fiver

29/10/2007 at 12:08

It's a few years since I did this marathon and I'd forgotten two things.....

quite how beautiful the scenery is (even in bad weather)

how long those hills were .

This is a fantastic marathon and I think the new RO did a great job.   Lovely t-shirt and another slate coaster to my collection.    Will be back next year.

Well done Hammie and welcome to the 100 club.   Good to meet up with other forumites too.  

The drive there on Friday was awful 7.30 hours, driving back after the race only took me 6 hours inc stops and the rain stopped exactly at the point I  crossed the border back into England...spooky

29/10/2007 at 12:59

Hi Shades,

Glad you had fun

Personally, i thought the route looked more scenic on sunday morning, as we were driving up pen-y-pass you could see the water cascading down the mountains, stunning scenery !

I met up with steve (100 club) before and after race, he also tried to 'talk' me into doing Cornwall, as well as the "10 in 10"  next year !  

Don't forget the coverage on S4C tonight btw !  (i hope its in english)

Sorry i missed UH presentation, i had circulation problems with my fingers which took nearly 3 hrs to work properly, may possibly be a case of VWF from previous years work, just as well i don't run on my hands ! 

29/10/2007 at 13:14
Where is fellrunner and luna man I just want to see what you both thought of the day. I'm still feeling a bit stiff but very proud well done UH on your 100 marathon medal that is a remarkable achievment I saw quite a few 100 marathon runners throughout the race and I am in total awe of them all. Well done once again to everyone I have had some great fun on the forum sorry not to have met many of you on the day will look forward to seeing you all next year ........maybe!
29/10/2007 at 13:35

Hi all,

What a great run! It had everything I could have wanted - great scenery, atmosphere, enthusiastic supporters, mars bars, hills, hill fog, strong winds, rain and cramp! I didn't see any of you distinctly, but I thought I saw someone in a black beanie with what looked like a roobarb and custard badge on his back, but as the rain was hammering on my glasses I couldn't really tell!

I managed to knock over 30 minutes off my previous PB and finished in 4h 03. I'll have to do it next year and see if I can shave those 3-ish minutes off my time and not cramp at the top of the steep hill in the fog.

Well done to everyone, and I'll miss the support and the giggles from the thread - thanks for keeping me so enthused. See you next year

29/10/2007 at 13:42
FA - If you want me to email you a 10 in 10 form then just let me know!    Did Steve say he was going to do it again?
29/10/2007 at 14:13
shades- never heard of 10 in 10- can you elaborate what/when/where??  Assume its 10 maras in 10 months ?? cheers
29/10/2007 at 14:39

Shades,

I think i'll apply for the '10 in 10' in 2009, i'm really trying to focus on getting a sub 2.45 next year so that'll take up a couple of months hard training, i can't remember if Steve said if he was going to do it next year or not.

SH 6,

Its 10 maras in 10 days !!  and it's at Lake Windemere around next May i believe.

   

29/10/2007 at 14:43
Good God !! Is that possible ?? What amount of training is needed for that ??
29/10/2007 at 15:31

RJ - yes it was me in the Beanie, think the badge was starting to run a little as well !

M62 - go for it  !!!

... and FR said hello as he went past me, so he does exist - not just the phantom 'stuff anything' man....  I guess my description of him didn't help CD.

29/10/2007 at 15:36
Steve - yes it's possible, it was done this year, 7 finishers I think.   I've put my name down for 2008, just hope I can do it
29/10/2007 at 15:49

Here's a link to the official results

http://www.raceahead.net/downloads/SNMA07.xls

Congratulations to fall finishers

29/10/2007 at 16:05

Thanks WP - I did wonder if I was imagining it! I hope it doesn't rain so much next year and I'll spot more insignia - either that or ditch the glasses!!

29/10/2007 at 16:13
M62 steve, yes, yes,yes, go for it, its a fantastic marathon and you can easily train in a year, you won't regret it. SZ I was the one that looked like Kate Moss, oh alright more like Sterling Moss, or even a lump of moss.....UH I am in awe. Sinatra, don't know about you, but I can see why over 1600 people did Snowdon and 55 did Langdale!
29/10/2007 at 16:34
LOL Froghopper.  I can agree with you on that.  I wonder how many others were stupid enough to do both as well.
29/10/2007 at 17:26

hello folks, sorry it took so long - only just home (literally) from Snowdonia. All I can say is ...

Wow!!!!!!

Walking up to the start was really atmospheric, though I probably talked too much. Caught up with someone with Rhubarb and Custard on their bum before mile 1, and it was taffyduck (hello taffy!). We ended up running practically the whole thing at the same pace, which was brilliant for me - can't speak for taffyduck - again I think I talked too much. Thanks to her I made it in 3:31, which if you count the hills (I make it three of them!) is basically a PB for me. Sorry I lost you on Waunfawr Taffy - I was kind of concentrating on the tarmac in front of me for a while . If I'd been able to fly downhill like some of the others who passed me I could have shaved off more time, but as it is I'm just grinning ear to ear still at the whole thing. Can't believe I did it and loved it so much, even the pretty incessant rain after Bedgellert. 

Support was fantastic - even at the top after Waunfawr and most especially near the end pounding the quads down that blessed hill. I was smiling the whole way (except up and down the hill of course).

Sorry I didn't meet up with any other folks here, but I'm most definitely coming back next year. Taffy and I both agreed this forum has been the best to be involved in. Hang on, I'm off to have a good old cry!  

Passed another 100th marathoner enroute, but it wasn't you UH, unless you were lying?!

Great job everyone, and most especially folks on their first marathon. I've got to learn to run downhill now.

29/10/2007 at 18:42

Sorry about the above, here's the real race report:

So anyway, I was out running as usual on Saturday near Penypass and I noticed lots of other runners around. They said there was a marathon on - can you guys believe it! A marathon, in Snowdonia! The idiots.

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