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Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 07:44

I feel totally adequate on the race front - got my 1st road race since last year's Snowdonia marathon tomorrow - although that is mainly because I'm one of the organisers!! It's a challenging 12.5k race in the hills above the Conwy Valley which I bill as an ideal event for those training for the Snowdonia marathon!

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 16:18

Organisation is excellent. I cannot really comment re the congestion at the start although I've don't recall reading any complaints (given your Chester time I wouldn't start near the back). Quite a few car parks (more so than Conwy!), but they are pay as you display. Don't get there too late - get one near registration - closer to race time the car parks fill up & I've seen lots of cars parking on grass verges - all of which get ticketed (traffic wardens usually out in force!!)

Sitting down in the lake or in the stream near a car park is a pretty close thing to an ice bath. After the pounding the legs get (particularly on the final descent into Llanberis) it's a good idea

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 11:41

Definitely achievable Willboy. Probably not much point doing much running after Yorkshire. Going to Snowdonia with the aim of just enjoying it is sensible. I am sure you will enjoy it and I wouldn't be surprised if you run Snowdonia quicker than you thought you would.

It sounds as if you will be better trained than I was the 1st time I did Snowdonia TR22. Yes, the hilly long runs will help and yes a sensible pace early doors is important. I wish I'd have had that advice before my 1st one - got totally carried away with myself - going through 10 miles quicker than I'd run 10 miles before (although not having done any long runs of more than 2 1/4 hours in training....)

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 16:57

TR. I wouldn't get worked up re the hills. The Llanberis Pass climb is pretty steady & isn't really steep - there is then quite a long descent which gives your legs the chance to recover. The Beddgelert climb just after 1/2 way catches quite a few people out - I'd say it's more of a drag than a climb - more often there's a slight tail wind to assist. The final climb is pretty much a struggle which many runners (including those near the front) walk parts of!

Speaking to people over the years, the general consensus is that runners should add about 15 minutes to their flat marathon time to estimate their Snowdonia time. I'd say for quicker runners it's nearer 10 minutes. Sub 3h30m should be well within your capabilities if you ran 3h4m on your 1st marathon

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 10:29

Nice one brer - I was just looking at the Strava stats and reading the comments of the chap that won the event yesterday and reading his comments. All I can say is "Wow"!!


Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 23:52

I've had a message from Brooks to say that it's 12 weeks till race day! I'd best start training!? I've only done one event this year, although that was the Trail Marathon Wales - quality over quantity!?!

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 15:36

Sorry brer, I kept a look out for no.150 but didn't spot it (didn't have my glasses on!). I hope you enjoyed the event as much as I did, although I hope it was more comfortable for you! Unfortunately the calf issue, which had blighted my training for the last 2 months, flared up going up the "sting". I was so tempted to call it a day at the end of lap one, but I was determined to do the full race (it was pretty much 2 years to the day since my Dad died). I adopted a run/walk/stretch strategy for the 2nd half to get round without (touch wood!) doing any damage. What a great event - determined to go back next year fully fit/properly trained to enjoy it even more and give it a better bash!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:54

Sorry to hear your news Chrissi - hope that the running helps.

I'm glad I'm not missing this event again (I've only been able to take up my place for 2 of the previous 4 events - learnt my lesson re the midge spray the hard way after the 1st year!!) - just wish I was in better shape. That climb just after 10.5 miles is a brute. I've never done the 2nd half so not entirely sure what to expect, although I was just looking at the profile of the 2nd half - 2 significant ones - I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the one just after 20 miles which seems to climb 650ft in 1.5 miles!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:36

Totally agree re the TMW (on both counts) TLG. I have entered it every year - the 1st year I'd entered the full but due to a lack of training/bottle I dropped down to the half! I've entered the half every other year but have only been able to do it one more time due to family commitments. The full has been on my bucket list and I was determined to do it this year having decided not to do another spring marathon! About 2 weeks ago I thought that there was no chance of me being able to run it this year, but I've since managed 1 long run and a couple of hilly trail runs

Snowdonia Marathon 2016

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 08:56

That's a nice touch brer. I'll keep my eye for your number so I can say hi - I'm 90% sure I'll be there - have only just been able to start running comfortably again & have run more in the last week than the in the previous 5 added together - I guess it's a bit of a reverse taper although I bet you don't taper brer given the number of marathons/ultras you do!?

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