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Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:14

LG, that would just be the leg stretcher......

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 12:04

Well done LG. Hope T Rex didn't get lost with the added distance.....From what I gather, it was tougher than I thought so congratulations for finishing.

One of the senior ladies in my club won her category, FV65 6:45. She said the weather on Snowdon wasn't the best. She'd also mentioned the course length being 2ish miles more than marathon.

It never ceases to amaze me what I see people wandering around on ' Tourist ' mountains wearing. Not the worst but the most surprising was a Japanese girl in a large group looking like she'd come straight from a night out in very warm climes complete with 6" heels. That was on Striding Edge......

Just park run on Saturday (Felt hard, took lots out of me) and 11m off road in the Peak Sunday, (Felt hard, took lots out of me.....). 

On my long run came across a fell race. Didn't realise it at first. Came across a gate that was open with sheep in the field and no-one in sight. The gate is the end of a 1/4m track that leads straight to an A road. I closed it as it really shouldn't be open, though the chances of sheep leaving their field are pretty remote without a good reason.

A few hundred metres later (Which is when the runners passed me from the direction of the track to the road) I saw a marshall. I mentioned to him that someone had left the gate open and I had to shout to another runner to close it to prevent sheep straying to the road. The Marshalls response? Might as well leave it open, it will only slow them down if they have to open it. Well that's alright then. I'm sure the farmer who loses sheep, or the person who hits a sheep with their car will understand that...... Had to run off before I said that and various other things I may regret. Emailed the organisers suggesting if they do it again, an arrow on the corner (Can be seen from the gate) and someone standing by the gate if they want to leave it open would be a better solution. Just hoped that the marshall would at least keep an eye on the gate to ensure sheep didn't check if the grass was greener.

Don't think I was jumping the gun. The information I had:

I had come down the track from the road. No-on else on the track, no vehicles.

When I got to the gate there were sheep in the field. The runners came to it from another track. There was no visibility of farmer or vehicles at the gate or in the field.

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:56

Best wishes to those racing this weekend, (Or wishing Llanberis was suddenly moved to the fens for a few hours...)

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 10:29

Term will be starting again all too soon 

edit - Random post that popped up.......

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Posted: 19/07/2016 at 17:13

Agree with Mr Panad, I really didn't remember it being that bad, mind you I was concentrating on other things, chiefly the ground directly in front of me.

i was on there twice, both times walking! I haven't done another event anywhere close to that one, a large amount of people walking within the first half mile, and walking significant bits of the first half. My fourth mile was 24 minutes  

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 14:11

Term will be starting again all too soon

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 11:17

Sorry, didn't ignore you FOOW. Started post at 09:30. But as I am at work, it kinda got in the way!

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Posted: 19/07/2016 at 11:16

Hi LG, T Rex.

Pretty glad the weather was grim. If it was 30 degrees as today I wouldn't have been anywhere near that time!

I'd toyed way back with the Trail Marathon, or perhaps even both but Mrs C had to work this week so we had last week off to play and meant me doing the international only. Quite glad really, doms were painful....Went out for a little trot yesterday evening which helped immensely.

That does look one tough race, over a mile of ascent off road. I've done that once before and have a PW by nearly 2 hours......

Best wishes to those running it.

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Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:09

Hi all, 

I really could give many excuses (Reasons in a kind-to-myself-light) why I haven't really done much for a while. Much being a relevant term of course. Resolved to get back on line as that as much as anything else focuses me. 

If I had I could have said hello to FOOW yesterday for instance. Or Mr Panad. Did pop in to say hello to Snowdonia Snail, Wendy and the staff at Y Pantri. 

Yep, did Snowdon yesterday and the conditions for my state of fitness were excellent. Meant I didn't wilt from heat exhaustion......

I can't be too out of shape at the moment. Held back on the up as I really didn't know if I'd have the legs for the down. Turned out I did. Well, they did keep me upright, just, in places. Up in 1:16, finish at 1:56. Astonished I was under 2 hours. Though I did collapse on the grass for a few minutes for the jelly babies to have a psychological effect. 

I now have another target, get to the top in an hour. Can't be hard to go 16 minutes faster eh?

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 22:55

Hi JD, good to hear you're on the mend

Brer, yep Rock'n'Roll. Training has started to make sense again. RHR has dropped 10 beats in a fortnight. Doing a 10k this weekend, if all goes well I may leave Mrs C to dance along and aim for sub 1:50. it's nice to at least feel I'm confident I can get that (even if I can't!). 

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