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London 2016

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 22:28

I think you are right NorwichRunner about the number starting at 100,000.

Last year I entered just after midnight and was 102,500.

What a crazy set up this year - I can understand keeping the ballot open for 24 hours to allow shift workers etc to enter but this way every last person who fancies a go will take it up to some mad figure by Friday.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:31

Gave up on posting way back as life just got too busy - but - thanks to Chozza earlier in the year took his place for my first SNOD and - no surprise - absolutely loved it - my best race and marathon by far - fabulous day.  My slowest too because I  was so terrified of detonating around mile 20/22 I set out slow and steady and the strategy worked as I found it fine - lovely last mile as had so much left in my legs and felt so good afterwards I know I can give it much more next year.

Have already booked the B&B and tried to convince anyone at my running club who will listen to do it.  Thank you all for your advice way back - I can see why everyone is so obsessed with this event and just can't imagine doing a city marathon again. Am hoping to do the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra in June as feel invincible now and to keep me going until my second go at that last hill next October!

£8 for a Spring Half Marathon?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:00

Did this one in 2013 and it is excellent - start and finish at a college so good parking and showers available and lovely undulating route on country roads.  I think the choice of a cheaper entry and no t-shirt is great idea - have so many now that I will never need them all and personally don't need a souvenir of a race. Thanks for the heads up.

Snowdonia marathon place wanted

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:30

Hi thank you for getting in touch but he has one now - there are people on the Snowdonia Marathon thread in the event forum looking for one though so if you post on there I am sure you can pass it on - thanks again

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:18

Did a last long 22 miler over the weekend (next marathon Thames Meander in August) so a good replication for that - fairly flat and very hot - hard going.  Kept thinking at least it will be cold/wet/windy in N. Wales in October!  My Nathan camelback type thing is fantastic - a revelation to me to be wearing that rather than waist belt - just so comfortable and no faffing about refilling bottles of water so have been wearing it on a nice recovery run today - 3 miles up - 3 miles down just to keep the hilly practice going.  I feel like a girl flaunting an expensive new handbag! Seriously - will make such a difference to my long runs.  Brer rabbit well done for your run and hope day two was cooler. 

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:00

I did it last year too and doing it again - my favourite marathon and I'm not sure why but the combination of it being off road and very informal and so near Christmas I guess.  There seemed less pressure to run a good time as it was so unpredictable - Little M.iss Happy has described it well but it was quite manageable and at least it was dead flat.  I like the out and back course - there was plenty of room at the turnaround but it was a bit hit and miss at sections where it was single file so not exactly busy but could be held up on those parts.  Think a 1000 or more did it?  Had parking really close to start/finish and you could shower in the leisure centre after so it was all really convenient.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:34

Katherine Preston -race was fab - running up and down tors on Dartmoor on a sunny summer's evening - how much better does it get! Nathan vest was excellent, very comfortable and didn't make me hot although didn't run until late evening.  Took a while to get used to sucking the water tube but worked well just having sips instead of gulps and going to experiment next time with loading the pockets up with spare jacket etc.  Doing a 22 miler on Saturday so that will be the real test.

Narrow fitting ladies trail shoes

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 15:41

If it is any help I had to send back several pairs of Adidas Kanadia 5 Trail shoes as they were too narrow.  I ordered a few sizes to try but even the 'large' size was far too narrow for me and I consider I have ordinary width feet. Reviews on various websites also say they are narrow so may be worth a try? Otherwise they seemed fine.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:10

Katherine Preston - have just invested in a Nathan race vest with 2 L bladder, female design, very light and it was recommended to be bounce free so looking forward to trying that out at the weekend. I don't like carrying water on a belt either and in fact never carry water during races but am finding it impossible to carry enough for a long run on a belt and prefer to sip as I go so hoping this is the solution.  Hilly race on Saturday so will do long run on Sunday over Dartmoor, thunderstorms permitting!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:36

Thanks InsideForward - that is actually quite reassuring and as you suggest I have started to run up and down long sections of hills now - I can see that the downhill part needs mastering too without wrecking my legs early on.  Ran parts of it whilst on holiday - which is what convinced me to try it - but didn't go as far as the last 4 miles. Thought best to leave that to the imagination for now!


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