More good helpful tips - thanks very much to everyone. I will be definitely making a visit to the Snowdonia Parc after the race clutching my slate coaster like gold.
Okay, last question I promise, about directions. Say Mrs D watches me start in Llanberis, then hops into the car and drives to Beddgelert in the opposite direction that we run (heading south along the A4085 going past the Parc). Is she then stuck or can she go back along the A4085 north heading towards the pub and Waunfawr as we run in the same direction. Or will the the road be closed completely to traffic by then for the benefit of us athletes!!!?
Cheers Martin, I'll buy you a tomato juice if I see you!
To be fair I consider myself an above average hill runner - obviously not in the same league as yourself and the other North Wales boys.
I remember running up the Orme in the Conwy half last year and very few went past me. But encountering a much, much steeper one after about 22 miles when you are practically dead on your feet is something I cant even come to think about.
Thanks T Rex for putting me on the finishing time list - I feel part of the Snod gang now.
Also thanks to the Lazy Greyhound for answering Katherine's question so well - I was considering asking the very same on behalf of my wife. Mrs Dodger is hopeless on directions but I think with a bit of luck she might manage to get to the Snowdonia Park pub. Does anyone know how far into the run that point is? And does it sell real ale just in case I've lost the will to live by then?
Just ran the Great Birmingham half marathon last Sunday in 1 48 - which is my slowest time for a half. It's a hilly course (nothing like I'm sure what awaits me in North Wales) and it was windy too. But I got a kick out of going past a lot of runners in the two mile uphill finish which must mean my training has gone okay.
Ive done seven marathons before and this is the first one I haven't been excited about. That's because I'm bloody terrified!!
A bit late to join the Snod forum I know - but thought it would be rude not to say hello to you guys.
Just got back from running the Berlin marathon (3:58:04) so Snowdonia has not been on the agenda until now.
Once my legs get back to normal which should be by the weekend I'm going to rip into some 10-12 mile steep hilly runs in the next couple of weeks.
I'm normally okay running hills (my best half is Conwy round the Great Orme) but I know Snowdonia is completely different gravy.
My only problem is a mate has persuaded me to tun the Great Brum run (half) six days before Snod.
For someone who normally runs 3:50 to 4hr marathons. What should I be expecting in Wales. Considering my overloaded preparation is 4hrs 30 realistic? Or should I just forget the watch for once and enjoy the scenery?