This will be my 20th consecutive running of the race.
I started way back in 1995 and have competed every year since.
A marathon is as hard or as easy as you want to make it.
If you have trained really well by building up your endurance gradually over the months then no marathon is difficult.
Snowdon is far hillier than most marathon courses in the Uk but that does not make it any harder.
Personally i find running Snowdon easier than a flat marathon like London.
You know you are going to do a slower time on the Snowdon course than say london, you just alter your pace judgement and anticipated finishing time.
It all depends on how you feel on the day, my best time for the race was 3-21 some years ago, i trained even better for the next one and did 3-36.
Everyone assumes because the Snowdon Marathon is hilly and challenging that is a hard race.
It's only hard if you have not done your training.
My training for this years race like last years started well and finished with a whimper.
I struggled last year but still got around to collect my 18th coaster.
Remember a race will only be hard if you have not recorded the necessary training.
Guaranteed at least five to six hundred runners who are in far better shape than i am will not show up on Saturday.
Forget the nerves and anxiety about competing in the race, if your that nervous do the race with me and finish by Christmas.
I can guarantee that once you have competed in one snowdonia marathon you will be back year after year.
That was the time i was pretty confident in achieving for this years race.
Up until September 14th all my training was run at 7.30 to 7.40 pace, and even my 10k pace runs around the Nick Beer course were in the low 39 minute times.
Changing my set of Alloy Wheels on my car wrecked any chance of consistent training for my goal of 4hrs or there a bout's.
I pulled the muscle in my lower back and missed four continuous weeks of training, particularly those all important long runs.
Sub 5 should be on the cards but who knows Snowdon is not an easy race to predict especially when Bwlch Y Groes hill is in the equation.
The weather forecast does not look too bad, mainly sunshine and possible heavy rain showers.
Summer made a surprise visit this afternoon.
Went to the Carol Nash Classic Motorbike show at Stafford show ground and it was a crazy 22C in the warm sunshine.
Arrived home in Llandudno at 4.38 which had been mainly overcast all day with a keen wind and my very accurate Hi Low thermometer on the back of my house facing due North had indicated a temperature of 19C.
The forecast for next week is becoming more unsettled but should remain unseasonably mild for late October.
As for Llanberis it's surrounded by mountains so it's anyones guess what the weather will do in 7days time.
My ideal weather would be mild conditions of around 15C and heavy persistent rain as that kind of weather keeps one cool throughout the race and there is less chance of dehydration.
When the weather was like six years ago when it rained bullets from start to finish you dressed accordingly for the conditions, and never in my nineteen years of running the race has it been really cold.
Personally i do not like running in warm conditions with high humidity like today's weather, you dehydrate quickly and it's difficult to know what clothing to wear.
How many expensive waterproofs and gear will be discarded on the wall leaving Beddgelert.
In previous years ive been amazed at the expensive gear abandoned by wealthy runners.
Two years ago i picked up a virtually brand new Montane Litespeed H2O waterproof that one of the runners had decided to leave on the wall at a the 14mile marker.
This is my 20th consecutive Snowdon so i want memorable weather, the kind that one will remember for years to come.
I attempted several miles of the cancelled 2002 with around 90 other runners until the Police turned us around at the bottom of Bryn Gwynant.
1996 was also particularly frisky when the race used to start in the quarry opposite Parc Nant Peris.
The Snowdonia Marathon has a reputation for being one of the most challenging 26.2miles in the Uk and possibly Europe, there is no point entering the race or running it for the first time and not receiving a quality dousing from the skies of Eryri.
Ive run London twice and cannot remember much about either attempts other than i hate the place.
If one can remember the weather of 18yrs ago it must have been exciting, and after all The Snowdonia Marathon is all about atmosphere and race enjoyment, so come on Lord switch on the traditional weather for the 25th, it's a classic race so let's have the weather to match the atmosphere of probably the best marathon in the Uk.