Talking of which are you looking forward to it, brer? Haven't looked at the course properly yet or done my maps so still not entirely sure what we're up against. I'm thinking of putting road shoes in my drop bag for the last section after we leave the coast path.
The main issue with shoes is how high the back of the shoe/heel tab is - if high it can dig into the achilles tendon, especially when running downhill. I've had achilles issues for 6 years on and off and I'm now careful to always buy shoes with low backs.
I'm getting on well at the moment with New Balance 860 (version 6) for road shoes.
Got back late last night from another wet weekend in Snowdonia with a car full of stinking kit and wet tent.
Found the SNOD trail marathon very hard going, especially the unexpected very technical section along the north shore of Llyn Gwynant between about miles 15-18. Tree roots, rocks, and loads of mud. The few people I saw in road shoes were having an extremely hard time along that stretch.
I was just thinking rather well of myself that I was managing to stay on my feet when right at that moment I went flying in one of the muddiest stretches. I came out looking like the mud monster. Fortunately there was a stream and small waterfall soon after to have a shower in.
Reaching the higher sections of the Pyg Track the conditions really set in. I actually had to stop to put a rain jacket on which is very unusual for me.
The whole event was enjoyable, though. It is just that it would have been a whole lot better with less rain and less wind, and to have been actually able to see the scenery!
Got round in a rather derisory 6h52. A PW by quite a big margin.