According to a recent Eryri Harriers newsletter I received, nobody in the clubs Christmas do wanted the guaranteed London marathon entries, which means they will probably be sent back to Dave Bedford,as club guaranteed places cannot be sold on.
i am not surprised really, once you've done London once or twice it's not a race you want to do again in a hurry, lousy scenery,not a mountain or hill in sight, how utterly boring, and a cheap medal on some braid as a timely reminder of
WHY OH WHY DID I SPEND A FORTUNE ON THIS RACE
I can think of a few races other than London I would choose to do.
AN AUTUMN MARATHON IN WITHOUT ANY ARGUEMENT THE FINEST LOCATION IN THE WHOLE OF THE UK.
I entered my 20th Snowdon on the second day, in a bit of a panick.
I normally enter at midnight on New Years Eve, but thought I would give it a week or two.
Surely the finest marathon (for the vistas and the weather) in the whole of the Uk, possibly Europe as well, cannot be that popular and in demand.
Crumbs what's going on, in just over a week we are almost full at the 2000 entry level, I am sure they will add a few more on to that for the stragglers who have yet to recover from their New Year hangover and panicked that their entry for this years race is a little late.
Two years ago,the maximum entry was 2000, take it or leave it, no point sobbing and begging on Facebook for that elusive entry that somebody who had chickened out, thinking what have I done, entering this gruelling race with the reputation of being a beast.
I cannot comprehend missing a Snowdon marathon, it's totally unthinkable.
I started way back in 1995, and I am still here, so convinced of my destiny to complete every Snowdon since,that I attended the cancelled 2002 event and ran 8 miles before being told what a naughty boy I has been for turning up.
Remember there are literally hundreds possibly thousands of marathons worldwide, with the London marathon being one of many, but only one race has that lure of invincibility.
IN MY TIME OF DYING, WHEN ST PETER GREETS ME AT THOSE PEARLY GATES, ALL HE WILL ASK ME SEEING MY ATHLETIC BUILD.
HAVE YOU RUN THE WELSH WALL
You bet Pete, every year since 1995 and to really impress our Lord who is waiting inside to ask me what it was like.
The race has such a hold on me, that for some reason this number 108 will not let me go.
God will then say to me, why then did you not beat Iorwerths tally.
I left that a bit late, but not even Iorwerth had been blessed with his own personal number.
In you come my boy, to paradise and I will sit you down at the table.
Now which position will I place you at, AH there's a vacant spot over there,
As soon as i finished on that rain lashed street of Llanberis, all i could think about was next years race, if they had provided a debit machine there and then for next years race, i would have rushed to the car and coughed up straight away.
The race was the only one i have competed in this year, i am no longer hungry or competative in my training, and was surprised that i posted a time of just over six hours.
I was half expecting to not finish at all, my halfway time of 2-29 was a big surprise, five years ago i was doing my 20mile long runs considerably faster than that, and i was able to run up Beddgelert hill comfortably, the first time in 19yrs, a very strange experience indeed.
My only training for the entire year has been one 15 mile run, and the rest has been general keep fit runs, never approaching 10m.
Can i go sub4 on the marathon again ? Who knows, its down to how much training you put in, and whether i can regain my speed, which ive certainly lost in the past two to three years.
Theres one thing i do konw, is that i will be there New years Eve, debit card in hand, dreaming about the finest marathon in the Uk.