It was the 35th time this famous marathon has been run. It’s been voted the best marathon in the U.K., for more than a few times. Although I didn’t run this year, when I did it, it was the most interesting, wild, beautiful and challenging Marathon I have ever done. To most runners it’s not one for worrying about going fast or getting a P.B., it’s about a great experience.
This year Bath AC runner Daniel Jones returned to Llanberis to take the men’s title in 2.36.54 whilst Northampton athlete Hayley Munn produced a stunning performance in the women’s race in 2.57.34, taking over six minutes off the course record.
The Marathon basically has three big hills: Hill 1 – long and steep for miles to Pen y Pass which you can chug up, you can see that hill in the photo above. You then turn off onto a trail road/track and it’s a steep downhill for miles. Hill 2 – is a steady climb, on the road for miles then it’s the last hill, Hill 3 – at around mile 21. It does’nt last long but it’s so, so steep everyone around me was walking. Finally, the hill ends but it is very, very, muddy, and steep downhill which also frustratingly prevents you running in some places. You then turn of the track and come into the town into the finish line to the rapturous applause of the huge crowd on the Llanberis high street. We got a Snowdonia Marathon Slate Coaster and a Cotton T shirt at the end.
Men’s top 5
1 Daniel Jones 2:36:54 Team Bath AC
2 Matt Hobbs 2:42:34 Pudsey and Bramley AC
3 Paul Jones 2:43:45 Shrewsbury AC
4 Gareth Petts 2:45:30 Whitney RR
5 Will Russell 2:46:24 Hercules Wimbledon
Women’s top 5
1 Hayley Munn 2:57:25 Northampton RR
2 Andrea Rowlands 3:01:38 Eryri Harriers
3 Sarah Cumber 3:13:43 Halifax Harriers AC
4 Jessica Parry-Williams 3:15:51 Les Croupiers RC
5 Emma Wookey 3:15:57 Lliswerry Runners
Full results via the TDL Event Services website here
Entries to the 2018 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri are live on the 1st of December 2017, with the 2018 race date Saturday 27th of October
Further info via the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri website www.snowdoniamarathon.co.uk, on Facebook and Twitter @marathoneryri