John Bach

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Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 12:15

CR - yep plenty of parking in Llanberis - worth getting there handy though as fills up (more so this year with more numbers) - people end up parking on verges and end up getting tickets (wardens usually out in force, the B*&%$£%s!!). There is a supervised baggage area (not sure where though) and drinks & gels on regular basis on course (there is a map showing where they all are - link on the race website) - also people handing out jelly beans, oranges etc on the side of the road!

Nice one SS - I'll hopefully be there after the race (planned to be there last year, but ended up on a massage table in the hall for quite a while last year!). Thought of you yesterday as I was running the 1st 15 of the course with the same clubmate as last time - I made sure he had his car key with him this time!!! 

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 11:33

Almost half way there TLG (including 2009, when I paced Ru), although the 2nd 10 would no doubt be more of a challenge!? Perhaps I should have said averaging 3h30m!? (I think I've averaged 3h5m for the 8 to date) 

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 08:52

Ha ha TR - absolute no intention/desire to join the 100 MC. Just as long as my body/legs keep going and let me do Snowdonia would be good - how about 20 consecutive Snowdonia's - hardly Iorweth territory, but how about 20 consecutive sub 3h30m's?

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:03

lol FR. Great stuff! Hope to see you afterwards to congratulate you on your achievement!

My wife is a solicitor who specialises in family law - the thought of doing more than 2 marathons a year hasn't really entered my head!! I'm convincing myself "quality over quantity", but given that I have to do Snowdonia every year  it doesn't give me much scope to do other/different marathons!? (this will be by 9th Snowdonia & 17th marathon in total!)

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 08:52

PJL - are you going to "hold back" in the first few miles of the course this time - by which I mean are you not going to start at least 15 minutes before all the other runners like you did last year??? 

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Posted: 27/09/2015 at 09:47

Naomi - if you are on Facebook, go onto the "Snowdonia Marathon Eryri" page - quite a few posts on there re places being offered 

brer - is Dennis the chap that saved a child who got into difficulty in the sea? Nice little piece about it on this week's Marathon Talk

Another hilly 20 for me today - lovely morning for a run. Given the injury I've had, which I picked up in the last year's Snowdonia and which I didn't get sorted for quite quite a while, I'm a bit off last year's pace - just looking forward to enjoy it this year - last year I don't recall much about the race (as I was in a world of my own) other than the pain I had in my right calf in the last 4-5 miles

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 14:06

CR - I'd say don't work yourself up about the race - it is one to enjoy - take in the atmosphere and the scenery and don't stress out re the climbs. There are 3 main climbs - the 1st one up the Pass (goes on for about 2.5miles in total) is quite steady – the top of the Pass is at about 4.5 miles, then there’s a nice 1-1.5 mile descent to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel - just stretch the legs out, lean forward & let gravity be your friend. Just after the turning by the PYG hotel the route turns off the main road and continues down a rocky track for just under a mile - not the best running surface and will be slippery if wet so need to have your wits about you! Back on to a single lane road before a short sharp climb back onto the main road to Beddgelert - a nice 5 mile'ish pretty flat stretch to Beddgelert (half way) where there is a great atmosphere - smile for the cameras!! Out of Beddgelert there is quite a long drag which catches quite a few runners out (particularly if it is windy as it’s quite open there) - goes up for a couple of miles, before a slight drop to Rhyd Ddu (about 16.5miles) then undulating to mile22 - Waunfawr!! There is a short steep climb before turning right and the Bwlch-y-Groes climb, which most runners will walk up at least parts off (including runners in the top 10!!) - I've seen people walk/run up it quicker than runners who try to run all the way up it!! After the top it is a drop down to Llanberis although you need to take care on the way down as the 1st part of the descent is on grass/track and many a runner takes a tumble on that section - back onto the tarmac it is quite a steep descent into Llanberis before a run in along the high street to the finish

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 09:27

Panad - serious respect. One word though - bonkers!!

Re pictures Sports Pictures Cymru usually has photographers dotted about the course - he usually takes some cracking pictures and, unlike others, they are very reasonably priced. Dan Wyre photography also took some cracking pics last year in Beddgelert. That said, the TV coverage of the race is excellent, although our Sky box crashed and I've lost the last few years' coverage - absolutely gutted, particularly at losing last year's coverage

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 13:50

Sorry brer, but you need certifying!! I'd echo what LG said - I don't know how you do it. I wouldn't even consider doing the races/events you do, although that is partly due to the desire to remain married being pretty strong!!

I was working Nantgwynant way this morning - typical Snowdonia marathon weather, so couldn't resist 5 miles up/around the Pen-y-Gwryd! Bumped into a chap who was staying in Beddgelert for a couple of days to do some training on the course!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 08:54

FR - you could always hide a bottle of coke by the side of the road en route to Waunfawr [A club mate of mine has done a couple of recce runs around the course recently - he doesn't like running with a water belt so he hides a couple of bottles beforehand].


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