My 6th Snowdonia Marathon

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Back once again to Llanberis for my 6th Snowdonia marathon. I remember the first time I did this race and the terrible nerves I had because it was billed as such a hilly challenging marathon. Now I look forward to it as one of the highlights in my annual marathon race calendar. I do think this is one of the best marathons in the country, fantastic scenery (even if the weather is bad and it often is), a large field of runners making for a great atmosphere and proper challenging course.

This year we had my friend Andy staying with us and running. It was great to have him stay for the night and show him some Collins family hospitality.

I bumped into many friends before the start and it was nice to catch with some I hadn’t seen for a while. Also Aly and Mac from Brathay Windermere marathon were there promoting their marathon next May. Any marathon runner reading this post go to:-

www.brathaywindermeremarathon.org.uk

and get yourselves entered. It’s every bit as scenic as Snowdonia and gives you the opportunity to run round England’s largest lake. How can you resist?

As for the race itself. The weather this year was fairly kind, cool and very windy but at least it was dry. I set off at an easy pace for the first few miles up the Llanberis pass and then picked it up on the road down to Beddgelert. I continued to keep a good steady pace all the way to the hill at 22 miles. What can I say that hill at 22 to 24 miles doesn’t get any easier! On the top of that last hill the wind was making it hard to run in a straight line as it buffeted me sideways and it even made my eyes water. Then mile 26, I flew down into Llanberis in 6 minutes 30 seconds, mad! Coming in at 3 hours 36 minutes 23 seconds, not my best time for this course but up there and I was very pleased. Andy beat me by some 10 minutes but didn’t look as good at the finish. Not sure we’ll see him back in Llanberis next year.

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