Great Welsh Marathon

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cougie    pirate
12/10/2014 at 01:50
If you look at past results - they have gun and chip time listed...
12/10/2014 at 09:08
Thanks people of this thread if its chipped i am there to hopefully sub 3hrs
21/10/2014 at 23:21

I am going to enter this after I run the leicester half this weekend. I ran it in 2011 in 3:02 and it was a cracking event. I found it very scenic and flat and great for family support. Going to train hard over the winter and hopefully smash 3 hours at the 12th attempt. Hopefully this thread starts to fill up as we get a little closer!!



22/10/2014 at 07:20

hey frank I have just entered this marathon and also aiming for sub 3 hour, what are your last 11 marathon times if you don't mind me asking?

mine are London 2013 4hr 12m and Bournemouth 3hr 20m

25/10/2014 at 21:05
Just signed up for this bad boy, hoping for a sub 4hr as its my first, really looking forward to it ????
27/10/2014 at 15:22

great stuff Bond

06/11/2014 at 22:07

I'm down for this one now, it's down the road and quite flat so like quite a few here aiming under 4 too... My PB is 4:07 but half is 1:44 so here's hoping. 

07/11/2014 at 00:44
Good luck Dave, sure you'll smash it, nothing like the welsh air to spur you on!
12/11/2014 at 06:49

Hmmm, sounds interesting. I always struggle to find a British Spring marathon which inspires me and this one might. Will look at train and accommodation first.

Agree with T Rex that Snowdonia is the Great Welsh marathon but this one could have its own charm.

10/12/2014 at 19:43

Just signed up for this to keep my wife company - she's hoping for sub-5hrs and this looks perfect.  Needless to say i'm relishing another wet, windy winter of marathon training! 

Anyone know what the fuel/drink stations are like from previous years?

10/12/2014 at 21:51

The two years I did it they had water every 3 miles I think. Can't remember the size of the bottles but fairly standard - probably 300ml. Also can't recall if they had sports caps. Not much use am I?

I could well be making it number 3 this year. Just need to make the final decision. It's a great course. I love it (as long as it's not hot!)

Edited: 10/12/2014 at 21:52
15/12/2014 at 16:06
Started running about 6 months ago and hoping to take part in the Half Marathon. Furthest I've ever ran is 10k though. Is it do-able with the amount of training time I have? Thanks
15/12/2014 at 16:22


How did you find running 10K? Was it a race or were you just on your own?

As long as you do the training and stay fit then there's no reason why you can't run the half - go for it I say! 

15/12/2014 at 17:08
Just on my own. Unbelievably I felt great! Did it in just over an hour and there was a total of 280m elevation.
The 10k was great it was just a bit tedious being in my own and all
15/12/2014 at 18:41
As Malcs says it sounds doable but you need to follow a structured training plan, training for the HM isn't too much of a change to your training but you will need to gradually increase your weekly long run to around the 20k mark, your longest midweek run will build up to about 10k which is what you are capable of running now. The structure of the plan will be the same just longer distances, the key is just building up gradually.

I started with a plan from Paula Radcliffe's book how to run but there are loads of plans available in books and on the net.

With regards getting bored running on your own, you could try your local Parkrun on a Saturday to meet some fellow runners or you could check out your local running club who probably run a beginners group. Also, mixing up your routes will break the monotony
18/12/2014 at 00:09

This is a very friendly ,welcoming Marathon ( Hey Malcs how's it going ?) the good points are its flat , water stations are good, nice place , nice location , you get a trophy and a medal !!! I really liked it (came over from Belfast), I ran with a friend who pulled out after mile 8, if I was a 1st timer I don't think I would run this marathon for reasons of little crowd support and as its a figure of 8 course you do 2 laps of course and leave / pass the finish line 5 times which mentally is very tough , as Malc says the weather is interesting , last year the inland run would have melted you but on the return out the coastal path it would have froze the balls off you (excuse me), I would still recommend a small handheld water bottle just because I'm a freak, all you guys who are hardy Marathon runners and looking a PB this is the place for you and you will be met by a fine bunch of Welsh Distance runners , good luck

18/12/2014 at 15:51

great advise Rob,

I am really looking forward to this thanks martin for info, I will be starting training after 10k race on boxing day,

it will be my 3rd marathon in 3years so hoping that 3 is my magic number

31/12/2014 at 12:33

t Rex .... snowdon was my 1st marathon this year lol ... looking at this as my 2nd ... well i should get a PB!!

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