The Snowdon & Dublin Tour

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29th October 2011 and I’m back at Llanberis for my 4th Snowdonia marathon and it’s raining again! Not only is it raining, it’s chucking it down and blowing a gale. This is the worst weather I’ve run in at Snowdon and that is saying something!

The run was never going to be a fast time in these conditions and it was a matter of battling it out against the elements.

My finishing time was 3 hours 51 minutes and 51 seconds and all considered I’m pretty pleased with it.

Great to see Rob Bishop on his 100th marathon, who I’ve not seen for a while. Well done Rob, sorry I didn’t stay to see you come in but the weather was far too bad and I had the family at the finish, which was lovely.

Sunday was taken up with a ferry crossing to Dublin, checking in at my hotel and collecting my race number from the Expo at the RDS. I thenĀ spent the remainder of the afternoon and evening with some marathon friends including Selina and Mike. Thanks for the great company!

Race day had reasonable weather for running and I was hoping for a good run. Things soon went badly wrong and I had to make two early pit stopsĀ in porta loos at miles 3 and 5.5. To put it politely my tummy was off and it was effecting my running. I had a third pit stop at 15 miles and things then started to get back to normal. The legs were fine and I started to speed up and motor home. I finished strong, with a significant negative split.

My time was 3 hours 48 minutes exactly.

Dublin marathon is a great city marathon, large field (14000), lots of spectators and really well organised. there are a few undulations in it but not a bad course to go for a PB. I would recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a big city marathon. Lovely city and lovely people. Hopefully I will get back there one day.

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