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.
This list looks pretty comprehensive, i know of four others who have competed in more than 20 Snowdons but they had a gap in the late 1980s and returned to the race in the 90s.
A wish and a prayer is called for this year, i lost so much quality training due to a painful back due to a muscle tare when changing my alloy wheels in early September that any time would be a bonus this year.
Up until September 14th i was training well and sniffing at a 4hr to 4-10 race time with the majority of my training runs done at 3-30 pace.
As for endurance its virtually non existent, if i could pop in to Home bargains and buy it off the shelf in a can i would be their best customer.
A slow 6-11 last year looks like a possibility again this year.
I suppose getting around is all that matters, and in the past nineteen years I've never failed to finish.
I am still trying to work out using my result sheets from the past fifteen years how many runners have reached 20 consecutive Snowdons.
I know Iorwerth and around seven other runners have reached that target but trying to work it out is quite confusing as certain years the results forget to show how many previous races a competitor has taken part in.
Its quite amazing to think 20yrs have passed since that hellish windy and damp start inside the quarry back in 1995, it only seems like yesterday.
You may find it hard to believe but the Snowdonia Marathon is a lot easier than running London.
London being such a flat marathon, by the time you get to Canary wharf you are usually out on your legs and trying to hold a fast pace over the last few miles is far from easy.
Ive done every Snowdon since 1995 and even ran 8 miles of the cancelled 2002 race.
Unlike London it is almost impossible to hold an even pace on the Snowdon course, and ive never been on my knees totally wrecked in any of my Snowdon attempts.
My best for London was 3-08 totally wrecked on deaths door, expecting to go under 3hrs but suffering in the Mall and barely able to walk let alone run.
The Snowdonia marathon in my opinion is an easier course than London, you are using different leg muscles and pace judgement is totally different.
You do not need any special training for Snowdon, exactly the same marathon training as if you were doing the London race but you know that your finishing time on the Snowdon course will be at least twenty minutes or more compared to London due to the nature of the terrain.
Take my word for it the Snowdon marathon is an easier race than a fast flat marathon like London, I should know this year will be my 20th Snowdon and over those years they have had four different courses with the current one being the easiest by far.
Keep up the training and see you in October, I will be wearing number 108 as I have been for the past 19yrs.