I missed out on my 3:25 target by 5 mins and finished in 3:30.
I was doing OK until Waunfawr, when cramp and tiredness cost me nearly 4 mins over the last 4 miles. I had a cold, not sure if that affected me or not. And Hoka Clifton's were not the best for the descent! After the 4th fall I decided to reign in the gung-ho approach and opted for a bit more caution. I got a bit cold just after climbing out of Beddgelert - went to get a gel but couldn't open the zip as my hands were numb.
I tried salt tablets this year to help with cramp but it made no difference. I am wondering if training mainly on trails is not getting my legs used to the pounding of the road? Had to stop at mile 24 to stretch my hamstrings.
I ended up featuring 3 times on the TV. Coming down from PYP, falling sequence on the descent viewed from behind and finally a scary cramp pain close up right at the end (wearing white vest with black and red side stripes).
I have struggled to keep the required pace on my long runs (which have been few) consequently there is no chance of meeting my initial target of 3:20!
I think I will struggle to get below last year's target of 3:30, however, I am going to set myself an ambitious target time of 3:25, so please put me down for that T-Rex, thanks.
I have to say I don't really enjoy marathon training at all as I much prefer fell-running. I like these small, friendly events - turn up, pay a fiver and run, plus it's great to be out on the hills.
After an OK result at the Snowdonia 50 this year I have finally bit the bullet and entered the L100 next year. At that price it will be a one-off, though at least it is just below my usual entry criteria of "less than £1 per mile"!