I know its the same for every 26.2mile marathon one takes part in,consistent regular training and building up a careful endurance base over several months, but the last four miles of the Snowdon Marathon course are particularly brutal on a tired runners legs.
To break 4hrs on the Snowdon course you have to be a fair bit quicker than your average London 4hr pace.
You really should be looking at a 3-40 3-45 London time to come near 4 hrs on the Snowdon course because those last few miles are so challenging due to Bwlch y Groes Hill that one should be adding at least 20 minutes sometimes more to a flat marathon time.
When i did my best time of 3-21 many years ago i was consistently running my half marathons at 1-23 to 1-25 indicating a sub 3hr marathon in London.
Running at just over seven minutes per mile on the Snowdon course takes some doing, you have to be at Waunfawr bridge at 22.4miles feeling comfortable and controlled, controlled enough to continue running not jogging or shuffling up Bwlch Y Groes.
My 3-21 was a high spot on a much harder course the race used to follow years ago.
Having completed twenty Snowdons on four different courses its at least twenty minutes or more on a good London time.
I am aiming for a time of exactly 4-21 this year so I can knock an hour off last years time.
4-21 equates to exactly ten minute miling which at the moment is a very achievable target as long as I get my endurance build up just right.
I am running steadily at around 7-30 pace at the moment, so a ten minute marathon pace is on the cards with a solid several months of base training under my belt.
Setting a realistic goal is a real incentive to do the mileage especially when you stay focussed for ten months.
Roll on October for PROBABLY THE BEST MARATHON IN THE UK BAR NONE.
One or two of the diehard regulars,those who have done it twenty or more times have missed the boat this year.
By 3pm on New Year's Day there were already over 1300 entries in, and where on earth is Iorwerth.
I know he will be allowed in on the sly, but it will be annoying for others who are desperate to compete in this incredible scenic and SUPERB marathon to see favouritism shown to certain competitors even if they have competed in every race.
YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELVES TO BLAME, last year we were shown that The Snowdonia Marathon has duly received recognition as being one of the best organised and scenic races in the calendar, by selling out in a matter of weeks.
Now that it's sold out in a little under 72 hrs it,s unfortunate that those who did not enter on the day of will miss out.
As BIg Ben was chiming in Trfalgar Square I was entering my details in the TDL boxes, and lo and behold 179 entrants had beaten me to it.
Remember folks in 2016 do not dilly dally,
DO IT ON THE DAY OR YOU WILL BE STANDING ON THE ROADSIDE CHEERING THOSE WHO WERE SENSIBLE ENOUGH TO ENTER EARLY.
I cannot bare the thought of not taking part in this superb race, see you all in Nant Peris in October.