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Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 13:27

How do you maintain motivation and fitness through the winter? Just keep entering events and turn up. It works for me. 

If there's no paid event there's always a Park Run. Often you can do both if the paid event is on the Sunday. Alternatively, do like Run Jono does, take a couple of months off and don't worry about it.

I prefer to keep rolling throughout the year because even 2 weeks off (enforced by business travel) seems to set me back too much. Last Sat I did the Woodbank Park Run (modified ice course) and the inaugural Litton Christmas Cracker fell race on Sunday (7.6 miles). It was magic - reminded me of a summer race with all the runners milling about on the village green afterwards, the gazebos, and the BARBECUE. We enjoyed free mince pies and mulled wine as well.

This coming Saturday it's the 5th Tour de Helvellyn (38 miles). Anyone else on here doing that? To keep me on the straight and narrow over Christmas there's a choice of an orienteering race or a 10k trail race on the 28th; haven't decided yet. Then it's the Bowstones fell race on the 31st to round off the year.

2015 begins with the Park Run on the 3rd and Hit The Trail 5 miler on the 4th.

I'm holding in reserve the possibility of additional fell races on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, but family commitments and the expectation to indulge to excess may scupper those thoughts.

Happy Christmas everyone.

So, any fell runners hanging out on here?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 13:17

A fell runners' thread on RW? Nice one Mick W.  Most of my races are fell or trail with a bit of mountain and plenty of Ultras thrown in. The Peak District is my local playground.

Next one for me might be Litton Christmas Cracker on Sunday if I can escape. Next definite is Tour de Helvellyn on the 20th - trail, fell, mountain AND Ultra. It doesn't get any better than that.

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 13:11

Well that was tough. 16 miles in 3:07. It's not very runnable up there on't watershed but at least I survived the bog monsters.  Well done everyone else with your weekend running. How many did the Langley 7 then? Was it any good?

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 12:45

UDS, a million thanks for organising next year's accommodation. I'm liking the sound of a week being available. I'd be up for a jaunt up the mountain, since it must be getting on for 20 years since my one and only walk up there. I'd also be up for a T Rex adventure. I really want to see the top lake at Dinorwic. Then there's a visit inside electric mountain, a trip down the mines we run past on the far side of Snowdon, ... Lots to do.

On Saturday I ran Grin 'n' Bear It - a 16 mile fell race from Langsett Barn around the watershed between Manchester and Barnsley. It was tough, leaving me feeling somewhat tired, such is the unrunnability of a lot of it. It took me 3hrs 7mins. My knees complained bitterly. I survived the bog monsters but returned home well and truly soiled by them. It was a lovely day for it, though.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 13:26

I agree with T Rex, book it. I bet Sir John a Lot will join us too. Sir John?

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Posted: 31/10/2014 at 13:23

T Rex that was an interesting adventure. If I didn't have to get back home to catch up with the pre-Monday chores you know I would have joined you. Perhaps next year I will book the Monday off work so I can.

The Wanna Blista Social Club.

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 13:11

For those not doing the Langley 7 tomorrow how about Grin 'n' Bear It? It'll be a lovely comeback from the Snowdonia Marathon. That's what I'm telling myself anyway. Beachwear's on the kit list.

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Posted: 29/10/2014 at 12:46

Stu I'm definitely in for the big house. Thanks for pursuing on our behalf once again.

I noticed the early arch as well and assumed it might have been a pre-warning / confirmation / back-up for the timing system just in case one of them doesn't register correctly?

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Posted: 29/10/2014 at 12:35

Chimney that's an excellent report. The finishing sprint sounded impressive. I couldn't do that even if my life depended on it.

I still haven't watched the S4C programme yet; hoping to get around to that some time after next weekend's race to capture some magical memories.

T Rex, I'm loving the story.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:24

Oo-er, T Rex.  Go on then.....

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