I am glad I was not the only one whose chip had teething problems.
My finishing time by what I can remember when crossing the line was 5-52 or there a outs.
The chip clearly picked me up as starting,reaching Pen Y Pass, what happened in Beddgelert is anyone's guess, and then half way up Bwlch Y Groes I can distinctly asking had my chip been recognise, he said it had, and indeed it had.
Maybe my sprint finish at the end was too quick for the equipment to register, but finishing my 21st Snowdon was a relief.
Coughing and spluttering from Beddgelert, it was a relief to finish it this year, but In all those years, the organisation and public encouragement, especially with the numerous jelly babies and toffees handed out, made the race stand out as being pretty special.
As for the new design on the coaster, new after twenty three years of the old familiar picture, who ever came up with that one, should be excused duty next year.
Designing a picture for a piece of round slate, and capturing the mood and atmosphere of stunning Snowdonia cannot be that difficult, but when I examined this years object, I thought, What a shame, and no I am not proud of having it in my special coaster box.
Running with a cold, and off not that much training, I was relieved to finish this years race, and what were the chances of finishing between a woman athlete who was finishing their 24th race this year, and the one behind her, their 22.
Really looking forward to next years event, but let's hope this years slate design is a mistake, and it's back to normal next year.
I do hope Mr Basford can cope with the current pressure he finds himself under, being temporary custodian (on paper at least) of my property.
Those of you who have already been to llanberis to register their interest in taking part in tomorrows BIG event, will realise my number has been loaned by mistake to another runner, a Mr Lee Basford.
The last time that happened, was in 1998, and disappeared to North Yorkshire, but was retrieved just in time, so i could pin on my vest.
He does not realise the honour bestowed upon his shoulders, and i hope there will be no bitter resentment in having his number changed at the last moment.
All is not lost, the weather looked perfect, heavy drizzle in Llanberis, and decent rain at Pen Y Pass with a strengthening wind, i do hope its not blowing through before 10am tomorrow..
The precious number (HUGE RELIEF) has been secured once again for the 21st year in succession and even though i feel weak and full of WILL I GET AROUND IN MY CURRENT STATE, i left llanberis full of excitement, its game on for tomorrow.
Its strange what a visit to Llanberis on a rainy late October day, can do to ones moral, i am looking forward to the torment and suffering to come, its part of the passage of taking part in this great event.
I wish every competitor new and old, a really great race tomorrow, and those first timers to BRITAINS BEST MARATHON.
I will be collecting my number sometime early tomorrow, and will make sure I seek out the Love Hope Strength team and get registered.
It should be an optional but advisable visit for every visitor who collects their number over the two days.
Personally I would like to see other most worthy health related charities turning up and being allowed to advertise their wares.
Most of us take our ability to run in the Snowdonia for granted, most of us have been running for years, but not many of us put a little back into society.
With the cost of races getting quite ridiculous, I would not mind if the entry for the Snowdon Marathon went up considerably, and then a list of specially chosen charities chosen by the organisers could then receive a percentage of my entry fee.
The cost of entry to the Snowdon Marathon is very reasonable, but if I knew 100% that my money was going to a host of local and national charities, some who were able to set up stands in the registration hall, then I would pay a lot more.
What grieves me, are the race organisers who charge a fortune and give nothing or little to charity.