Truly a very enjoyable if rightly challenging day. I wasn't sure how things would go for my 3rd race here, last 2 years just dipping under 5 hours by 20 seconds or so. And as I had a bad time at Chester at around 22miles 3weeks ago today could have gone either way.
But all the boxes ticked, mojo well and truly back, smashed 10minutes off last years. Hills ? Just lap them up????
Well maybe by ok early pacing ang excellent banter and chat with folks all the way, and hitting the caffeine gels at mile 18and 22 , I put my iPhone music on speaker from the lane after Waenfawr with a bit of Elton, Johnny Cash, Proclaimers, Kylie etc just to keep a mainly slow jog up the hill etc --- sorry if the disco runner in the Welsh dragon vest put anyone off in the 4:45-5;00 finishing time
Thankyou Eryri one of UKs best marathon s, and fellow runners- you are ace, the cameraderie is wonderful.
Finished with a PetesEats all day breakfast, then my ritual post marathon Guinness at home cheers
4:48 well pleased
Chilling here in Flintshire and considering what time to depart for Llanberis in the morning, looking forward to my 3rd Snowdonia marathon as a runner, having also enjoyed 2 as a spectator.
My spectating hint would be to park by PenYGwryg pay in lay by- walk up to watch all runners at Pen y pass - then after all had passed walk back to car and as pass opens drive to Llanberis park and walk up the last hill to encourage folks as they run to last 'high point ' . Ok not so good if you want to watch a friend finish but great when I watched several friends run 3 year ago.
Then of course full meal in Pete Eats or similar
Happy carb loading folks ~ say hello if you see a tired 50yr old bearded bloke in welsh dragon vest it's probably me ????
That's it last 4 mile gentle run with lots of chat done with running buddy. Next run is Sunday .
SusieB - difficult one - sensible approach has been mentioned, go steady stay with us 5hr folks well into second halft, keep it steady and chatty , then as we approach Chester say 22 or even 20 then gradually very gradually go a head , only slowly increase pace as any fast change could be real bad . But you've a few goals 1 finish 2 beat 5:10, 3 beat 5 hrs - by going too hard even at 20 could jeopardise the 5 hr - so steady steady.
Itsalways difficult , I've done 32 marathons and still trying to beat the 4:17 from Chester 2009 or 2010-
My advice to you is go steady .
Tho I tried to stick with 4 hr pacer in Paris and did so well into 2nd half , then slowedafter 20 dug in and got 4:18.