You may find it hard to believe but the Snowdonia Marathon is a lot easier than running London.
London being such a flat marathon, by the time you get to Canary wharf you are usually out on your legs and trying to hold a fast pace over the last few miles is far from easy.
Ive done every Snowdon since 1995 and even ran 8 miles of the cancelled 2002 race.
Unlike London it is almost impossible to hold an even pace on the Snowdon course, and ive never been on my knees totally wrecked in any of my Snowdon attempts.
My best for London was 3-08 totally wrecked on deaths door, expecting to go under 3hrs but suffering in the Mall and barely able to walk let alone run.
The Snowdonia marathon in my opinion is an easier course than London, you are using different leg muscles and pace judgement is totally different.
You do not need any special training for Snowdon, exactly the same marathon training as if you were doing the London race but you know that your finishing time on the Snowdon course will be at least twenty minutes or more compared to London due to the nature of the terrain.
Take my word for it the Snowdon marathon is an easier race than a fast flat marathon like London, I should know this year will be my 20th Snowdon and over those years they have had four different courses with the current one being the easiest by far.
Keep up the training and see you in October, I will be wearing number 108 as I have been for the past 19yrs.
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,