It's like any other marathon really, it can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it.
This year will be my 19th consecutive Snowdon and even when I did my best time on the original course (there has been four different courses since it began in 1982) of 3-21 I have never finished any of them feeling NO MORE.
I've done London twice and on both occasions I have been on deaths door finishing.
If you train well for the Snowdon adding a few hills for good measure, then it should pose no problems for a seasoned runner.
The beauty of Snowdon is that within reason you cannot go off too fast because firstly there is the Llanberis Pass to cope with and the stunning beauty of Snowdon from Bwlch Y Groes quarry.
With a totally flat marathon you are battling to hold your goal pace from near beginning to end, but its virtually impossible to hold a set pace on the Snowdon, I've tried and by the time you get to Rhydd Ddu your wrecked.
Emlyn Roberts the 1991 Snowdon winner in a great time of 2-31 told me that the race does not really start until just after Beddgelert, you have to pace yourself sensibly until Beddgelert and then go for it.
Snowdon is a race to be enjoyed, and no it's no more difficult than any other marathon, you just treat it differently to a flat course and realise your time will be a little bit slower than normal.
I have found skins compression tights to be somewhat disappointing and certainly over priced.
I purchased my first pair from a fool on ebay who advertised them at a very low price and set the auction ending at 1am in the morning.
They were new still in the box and i paid £23 for them.
They are nicely made but the stitchng is not very robust, but Skins Uk are very helpful and replace items that obviously have manufacturing flaws in them.
Ive worn the long tights for very long runs of 23-25miles and have found my muscles are just as tired and sore if i had not been wearing them.
Other people obviously like them but as for value for money they are simply overpriced for what they are.
Skins have paid top athletes worldwide to promote their clothing and because of this the price is pretty high.
I would never pay the full asking price for them having worn the long leggings for over a year, but if you have the gorgeous athletic body to show them off to their best effect then i suppose runners will buy them for that alone.
Put it this way, did Steve Jones, Rob De Castella, Bill Rogers and other great distance runners from the 1980s era use compression clothing - NO, and they still performed to the heighest level.
Others may reap huge benefits from compression clothing but apart from looking good in them they have been of no use to me, and they are certainly not hard wearing if worn on a regular basis.
The problems with training for a marathon is that it takes a minimum of three months continuous training,most of which is specific to that particular race.
Once you have done all that training you then cross your fingers that you do not pick up some kind of ailment such as a heavy cold or even worse a niggling injury.
Last year I had done some good training and was pretty confident I was going sub4,with all my runs, especially my Nick Beer tempo runs comfortably in the 41-43 min range.
The weather was perfect for my 18 consecutive race and I felt not too bad but somehow I do not know how or where I managed to turn my left foot.
Prior to the race I felt no discomfort and could train without any inflammation afterwards but come Pen Y Gwyrydd my foot began to give me jip and from mile 5.5 until home was pergatory, I even stopped at the Bwlch y Groes tee rooms for one of the most refreshing cups of tea and hob nob biscuits.
Amazingly in the 18 yrs of running through Bwlch Y Groes quarry I have never seen the path leading to the gate at the bottom devoid of water, and that year remember was the third wettest summer on record. The path was bone dry, and if I had known before hand I would have worn my special race shoes, but because mile 24.5 is always a bog I thought no way was I going to mess up a gorgeous pair of racing flats.
I finished in a time of just over 6hrs , so you see you can train well for a particular race but if The Lord is not on your side anything can happen.
At least I finished but 6 hrs 11min was a joke considering the training I had put in.