John Bach

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Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 08:59

Nice one panad - loads of great trails on the doorstep. Now I'm "fixed" I've been hitting the Gwydir forest trails at least once a week! I think there were 20+ NWRRC members at the Race the Train (at Caernarfon) last night - over half were ladies - one of whom was 1st lady overall and another has a B&B in Betws (I think she PB'd - just under 21.45 I think). My daughter will be playing for Llandudno Under 14s this year and she'll no doubt be playing football at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, so I guess your daughter will come across her at some point.

I enjoyed the Snowdon coverage - excellent as always (I resisted the temptation of taking part!) - Carrot top featured a few times - most notably on the finish line where he was involved in a hotly contested sprint finish!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 11:24

Nice one panad! I hope you are settled in Betws-y-Coed. I am not sure if you are a member of a running club, but if you are considering joining one in the area I would recommend the North Wales Road Runners Club - there are quite a few ladies in the club, many of whom regularly run off road/do local fell races - one actually lives in Betws (& another just outside). Also, if your daughter should be considering a football club closer to home I'd recommend Llandudno - a very good set up and the girls side is thriving.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 11:07

panad - hope he enjoyed Deiniolen. I think it's a cracking little race - lovely villagey atmosphere & a great course. Did he do the Felenheli 10k on Wednesday - another cracking village organised race

Hope you recover soon brer - fingers crossed re the Potteries marathon - if you do it let me know what you think of it - new organiser for it

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:02

Gutted I missed TMW (again!) - have entered it every year - only been able to do it twice. It's got to be one of the best trail races in the UK!

I can sympathise with the plantar injury IF - the calf injury I picked up towards the end of last years Snowdonia marathon was (finally) put down to a foot issue - ultimately sorted (touch wood!) by custom made orthotics! Have you seen a podiatrist about your issue - I'm glad I did!

1st full race for me last week (having been "misdirected" in the Snowdonia half marathon last month) - the Deiniolen 10k, billed as the toughest road 10k race in the UK. Cracking little village organised race!  

Trail Marathon Coed Y Brenin

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:27

Take anti midge spray!

Snowdonia Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 09:04

To be fair to Run Wales, I'm not sure what else they could do - the announcement was pretty swift in my opinion and the refund offer seemed only fair/reasonable (I know of other races, where there have been marshalling/organisation issues resulting in runners not doing the full/intended race and where no refund has been offered).

Just as well we did not have the weather of the last two days in the lead up to/during the race as Gwydir Park was flooded yesterday and the road around the finish area was under water!!



Snowdonia Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:26

I know that there was a marshal at the (right) turning - I hadn't expected that turning (new this year) - with hind sight I should have checked about the slight changes to the course this year! I do recall seeing a cone, but there was no marshal and nothing clear to say turn around - I was just behind the 6th place runner at the time and, to be honest, I was following him.

As I said I spoke to the organiser - he was gutted about what happened and he was angry with the marshal company, who had let him down - he had asked for a marshal to be placed at the turnaround point. I would question why the marshal, who indicated to turn right, did not tell us to turnaround at the cone in X meters time - he surely knew that there was not a marshal there!? Also did he not put 2 and 2 together when runners were not coming back?? I think it is a case of a "non runner" marshal there just to earn an extra few quid

I'd also have to question the race referee - did he not do a tour of the course? If so I'd have expected him to have commented on the signage at this turnaround point.

I do know that the lad who finished 2nd did turn right and go around that cone, before joining the road back down, although I know he was "racing it" and was aware of that turning/turnaround addition to this years race.


Snowdonia Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 11:32

I have done the race for the last few years. Unfortunately I carried on at that turnaround point - basically followed the runner ahead of me. When I realised that we must be going off course I shouted to the runner ahead - if he'd have carried on he'd have ended up in Betws-y-Coed or, even worse, getting lost in the Gwydir forest trails!! I "guided" a group of 8 or so runners back to Gwydir Park - they just wanted to get back to the finish asap (a couple were less than happy!). I spoke to the organiser, who was absolutely gutted - he had briefed the marshalling team and there was meant to be a marshal at that turn point! Just one of those things - it certainly hasn't put me off doing the race again or doing another "RunWales" event, which I have always found to be very well organised, enjoyable events - without "taking the mick" with the entry fee!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 16:48

Sorry to hear that Chrissi. I contacted Matt to pull out of the TMW half - I wanted to give it a good crack this year, but I just won't be able to do the training (just getting back into the running again, having got used to my orthotics! I'd recommend seeing a podiatrist Chrissi if you can - lady in Llandudno Junction gives free 15 minute initial consultations) - spookily the next person on the waiting list was a (new) clubmate!!

A heads up re the Snowdonia half marathon a week on Sunday - I doubt there is a tougher road 1/2m - two very challenging claibs and over 2000ft of climbing. I wouldn't have entered it, other than the fact that it starts and finishes in my home town!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:58

There are some good girls football players panad - one girl who will be in year 10 next year is, I think, in the Welsh squad - one of the best strikers I've seen!! My daughter will be in year 9 next year. Give me a shout if you want any advice re the locality - some cracking run routes about, both on and off road - not much on the flat though!!

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