Entries open for the Snowdonia Trail Half / Full marathons today for those that have registered their interest beforehand. Should get e-mail with link to access from midday with entries open to all from midday tomorrow.
Amazing race, amazing experience, amazing weekend. Weather didn't bother me at all in the end and I'm sure the Snod regulars would say it was quite tame compared to previous years. Seemed like every runner I spoke to had run it at least half a dozen times before whereas it was my first time.
Started quite far back to ensure I reined it in the first few miles plus I had the boost of overtaking a lot more than I was being overtaken. Waving frantically at the camera's in the first couple of miles worked and got a close up shot of me and another Cwm Ogwr runner on the S4C highlights program. The incline to Pen y Pass was manageable without really considering a walking break. Loved the downhill / off road section and felt awesome during the next few miles. Lots of club supporters as well as local support in Beddgelert. The lesser of the three hills in the middle was not to be underestimated and seemed to go on forever.
Really struggling at mile 17 but managed to keep going and made it about a third of way up the final hill before finally walking. By this point I knew my target of 4:30 was going to be beaten even if I walked the final 4 miles. Managed to keep the walking breaks down to about 0.5 of a mile in total so didn't lose a huge amount of time. In fact, T-Rex's sub 4:30 plan suggested 14 minute miles which was around what I did for those 2 uphill miles. The couple of inches of water covering most of mile 24-25 was a bit of a shock but by this point nothing could dampen my spirits. Bit conservative at first on the descent and then decided to just go for it.
Target time 4:30. Actual time 4:12:37. Absolutely over the moon.
Well done to everyone that ran and massive thanks to everyone on this thread for the advice and support.
My club mates and I are going for the 'it's all part of the experience' attitude towards the worsening weather forecasts. The single icon for Llanberis for Saturday on the BBC site is now 'hail showers'.
Anyway, despite this, really looking forward to the whole weekend. Travelling up from South Wales tomorrow morning with stop along the way for a light lunch. Then onto Llanberis to register early afternoon and a quick look round before going onto accommodation near Bangor and going for something to eat early evening.
Club mates are staying in 3 or 4 different locations so planning to meet up at race start and then wait around for each other afterwards and go for some well earned drinks. Got a few supporters dotted around the course so look out for people in Cwm Ogwr Running Club clothing waving flags and ringing cow bells.
Come and say hello if you spot us - we're a friendly bunch. Any advice gratefully received as well as only 1 of our 13 runners has run SNOD before and we've even got three debut marathoners.
Very unimpressed reading about the reduction in club places. My club has worked really hard to double it's membership over the past year from 50 to 100 and whilst the main reason is that we obviously want as many members as possible getting active and representing the club, thinking that getting to 100 would mean an extra VLM place was a big incentive.
It seems some of the regular club runners (i.e. not super speedy ones) are being even further penalised by VLM.