Gave up on posting way back as life just got too busy - but - thanks to Chozza earlier in the year took his place for my first SNOD and - no surprise - absolutely loved it - my best race and marathon by far - fabulous day. My slowest too because I was so terrified of detonating around mile 20/22 I set out slow and steady and the strategy worked as I found it fine - lovely last mile as had so much left in my legs and felt so good afterwards I know I can give it much more next year.
Have already booked the B&B and tried to convince anyone at my running club who will listen to do it. Thank you all for your advice way back - I can see why everyone is so obsessed with this event and just can't imagine doing a city marathon again. Am hoping to do the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra in June as feel invincible now and to keep me going until my second go at that last hill next October!
Did this one in 2013 and it is excellent - start and finish at a college so good parking and showers available and lovely undulating route on country roads. I think the choice of a cheaper entry and no t-shirt is great idea - have so many now that I will never need them all and personally don't need a souvenir of a race. Thanks for the heads up.
Hi thank you for getting in touch but he has one now - there are people on the Snowdonia Marathon thread in the event forum looking for one though so if you post on there I am sure you can pass it on - thanks again
Did a last long 22 miler over the weekend (next marathon Thames Meander in August) so a good replication for that - fairly flat and very hot - hard going. Kept thinking at least it will be cold/wet/windy in N. Wales in October! My Nathan camelback type thing is fantastic - a revelation to me to be wearing that rather than waist belt - just so comfortable and no faffing about refilling bottles of water so have been wearing it on a nice recovery run today - 3 miles up - 3 miles down just to keep the hilly practice going. I feel like a girl flaunting an expensive new handbag! Seriously - will make such a difference to my long runs. Brer rabbit well done for your run and hope day two was cooler.
I did it last year too and doing it again - my favourite marathon and I'm not sure why but the combination of it being off road and very informal and so near Christmas I guess. There seemed less pressure to run a good time as it was so unpredictable - Little M.iss Happy has described it well but it was quite manageable and at least it was dead flat. I like the out and back course - there was plenty of room at the turnaround but it was a bit hit and miss at sections where it was single file so not exactly busy but could be held up on those parts. Think a 1000 or more did it? Had parking really close to start/finish and you could shower in the leisure centre after so it was all really convenient.