Matt Podd reports back from wildest Wales: On Saturday I ran the Snowdonia Marathon. I had first run it in 1984 and so fancied seeing what it was like 30 years on.
A hard race with three big climbs, including the Llanberis Pass and another climb to over 1000ft at 23 miles, as you run on mainly roads round Snowdon.
Did the first 10-miles with Paul Tranter from Otley quite fast, then he went on and I settled in for the grind. This is all helped by very fine scenery and a big crowd – the weather was kind and just right for running.
This was my big race for the year and I was very pleased to finish in 4:03:17, 626/1710 and 24/85 MV 55+. I would have been pleased with 4:30, when I was 27 I did it in 3:30.
The finish is more like a fell race with a huge steep descent down a grassy track – tricky in road shoes and then you hit the flat for the last 100yds were I got major cramp – so didn’t manage a sprint finish.
Winners: Alun Vaughan (Eryri Harriers) 2:40:10 and Andrea Rolands (Eryri) 3:08:52.
Daily Post race report.