Last visit here before setting off for our digs in Beddgelert. I wish everyone a successful and enjoyable day round the mountain. Hope to bump into a few of you on Sat and hear the tales on here next week. Happy SNODDing!
Roger, as Martin says, it isn't as bad as it sounds, honest! For all the talk of hills there is a fair bit of fast course. My advice would be not to get carried away on the long down hill section from the 5 mile mark down to Beddgelert at about 13. There is a really long up hill drag from 13 to about 15 mile mark which can really take it out of you.
As for the question about the pub I would say it was about 21/22 miles mark and yes, to add to your pain as you pass, I think they brew their own ale!
It could be done. If, after seeing you on your way, he walks back to Llanberis and drives out of town on A4086 in the opposite direction to the race. Just after getting to the village of Llanrug he takes a left hand turn at the crossroads by the pub on to a road called Ffordd Bryngwyn. This will take him to Wanfawr where a left turn on to the A4085 will soon have him on the race route. There is a pub/campsite (Snowdonia Park) which seems a popular vantage point. Then once he has encouraged you on your way he heads back the way he came to Llanberis and waits for you to finish.
My wife has used this route in the past but not for a few years so I stand ready to be corrected by anyone with local knowledge. These days Mrs LG drops me off at Llanberis and heads off to Beddgelert before the road shuts. After I have come past she drives back to Llanberis on the now open roads and waits for me to limp over the finish line. This seems to work well for us.
I kept 'em peeled but I didn't spot you yesterday Mr Rex. Sounds like you had a similar Abingdon experience to me. I was so convinced that I was going to record a PB yesterday and was smack on for 3.19 up until about mile 20 when the wheels came off big time and I finished in 3.33. The marathon is a unforgiving distance and has a knack of finding your weak spot. For me I think I spent too much time doing interval sessions at the expense of miles in the bank. Oh well looks like another trip to Abingdon in 2015.
I spotted Jason yesterday. It looked like he had dropped out at the first drink station.
I will cling optimistically to my 3.50 hopes for SNOD but if yesterday is anything to go by it could get messy late on!
Chrissi - If I lived closer I would do them all. A great place CYB if a tad hilly Looking forward to having a better stab at the full as it was struggle this year - must do more hill training to avoid the suffering in the second half. Will be interested to hear how the Winter Half and Night Trail races go.