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
Hi mouser - good advice from chimney. I'd say don't work yourself up about the race - it is one to enjoy - take in the atmosphere and the scenery and don't stress out re the climbs. There are 3 main climbs - the 1st one up the Pass (goes on for about 2.5miles in total) is quite steady. Chimney is spot on re recovering on the descent on the road to the Pen-y-Gwryd - just stretch the legs out, lean forward & let gravity be your friend. I should add that after the turning by the PYG hotel the route turns off the main road and continues down a rocky track for just under a mile - not the best running surface and will be slippery if wet so need to have your wits about you! Back on to a single lane road before a short sharp climb back onto the main road to Beddgelert - a nice 5 mile'ish pretty flat stretch to Beddgelert (half way) where there is a great atmosphere - smile for the cameras!! Out of Beddgelert there is quite a long drag which catches quite a few runners out - goes up for a couple of miles, before a slight drop to Rhyd Ddu (about 16.5miles) then undulating to mile22 - Waunfawr!! There is a short steep climb before turning right and the Bwlch-y-Groes climb, which as chimney says most runners will walk up at least parts off (including runners in the top 10!!) - I've seen people walk/run up it quicker than runners who try to run all the way up it!! After the top it is a drop down to Llanberis although you need to take care on the way down as the 1st part of the descent is on grass/track and many a runner takes a tumble on that section - back onto the tarmac it is quite a steep descent into Llanberis before a run in along the high street to the finish
Thanks chimney - yes had a very enjoyable run with my club mate (very rare that I do my long runs with company and at a reasonably social time!!). I'm training properly for this one given its significance and my training seems to be paying dividends - had to hold back for my club mate on the climbs - hopefully do a few more long runs with him (including sections of the Snowdonia course)
I must admit to having considered having a go at an ultra, but decided that the desire to remain married is stronger - difficult enough trying to fit in the training to prepare for a marathon. That said I'm being a bit selfish with my preparation for this Snowdonia as I want to be the best prepared I can be this time - got my 1st post 8am 20miler tomorrow morning (usually 6am 20milers - getting back before family get up!) -including a couple of laps of the Great Orme with a clubmate, who is aiming for a top finish at the race - finishing off with a climb up the tram tracks towards the top of the Orme to kind of replicate The Waunfawr climb. Should be fun!
LE - have had a messaged from my clubmate to say the the place is still going - I've messaged him back to say you want it - have asked him if OK for me to message you his email address to sort out the transfer process