Saturday 27th October – Snowdonia Marathon

Report from OAC’s Matt Broughton:

I ran in Saturday’s Snowdonia Marathon. Not sure who votes for these things but it was voted this year as the best Marathon in the UK.

Apart from the cold and sharp head winds in some sections of the course, the weather was excellent and helped to show-off the beauty of the area.

I ran it last year (report here) in a time of 3:46:15 and although I knew it would be difficult considering the course and despite a few training set backs, I hoped to get around in 3:30.

About the first six miles is uphill to Pen-y-pass next to the Snowdon visitors car-park which is the first of three challenging climbs. I kept reminding myself not to go too hard in this early part of the race and knew I could at least make back some time on the few miles of descent that follows.

Despite my calves becoming quite tender everything seemed to be going well but I knew I was running towards my limits and just hoped I could hold on to the nasty climb at mile 20 – where I knew a lot of time would be lost.

At about mile sixteen I started to slow and feared I’d gone too hard but I stuck with it and a mile or so before the 20 mile mark I got a second-wind and started to take back places.

Halfway up the last climb I suffered with leg cramp which seems to be a re-occurring problem and I knew that 3:30 was just out of reach. When I finally reached the summit I decided to try and make the most of things and push on for the final decent into Llanberis. I finally crossed the finish line in 224th position with a chip time of 03:38:19.

At the end of the day I am really happy with my result as a big improvement on last year’s time.

An excellent race in stunning surroundings. Just means I’ll be wanting to return next year to shave off another nine minutes.

The race was won for the second consecutive year by the local runner Rob Samuel (Eryri) in 2:35:40 and first lady was Emily Gelder (Dulwich) 25th overall in a time of 3:06:22 (all chip times).

Highlights from the race were televised on Sunday 28th on the Welsh channel S4C – available to watch online from S4/Clic.

  1. #1 by Tamara on October 28, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    NIce one Matt! I did wonder if you’d been injured ‘cos I hadn’t seen you for a while, but obviously you’ve been doing some serious training.

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on October 28, 2012 - 9:56 pm

    Well done Matt, you did a good run in Snowdonia Marathon , and it is always pleasent to read your running reports from all over the country.

  3. #3 by Liam Dunne on October 29, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Well done Matt, knew you’d do well given your recent improvement.

  4. #4 by sarah on October 30, 2012 - 7:57 am

    fantastic effort matt – great time over that course 🙂

  5. #5 by Billy Rayner on October 30, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Well done Matt. You’ll crack 3:30 next year.

  6. #6 by reid haddow on October 30, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    You “Brilliant Black and White”, fantastic achievment so pleased for you Matt on that tough course, any good looking sheep!

  7. #7 by Neil Charlton on November 2, 2012 - 3:15 am

    Good on ya killa! Impressive time that mate.

  8. #8 by peter khoo on November 3, 2012 - 11:08 am

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