Steve Edwards takes on one of the toughest Marathons – the Snowdonia Marathon

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On Saturday 24th October Steve went to North Wales for the Snowdonia Marathon.
The inaugural Snowdonia Marathon was held in 1982, and was conceived as a dramatic alternative to the numerous city and town races becoming so popular. The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales’ and England’s highest peak, has given the event a unique place in the annual marathon calendar ever since.
In a 2007 poll by Runners World Magazine, the Snowdonia Marathon was voted the vest Marathon in the UK. This is somewhat ironic since it is also regarded as one of the most difficult!
The 2009 Marathon was the 27th Snowdonia Marathon.   

Here is Steve’s Race Report for the Snowdonia Marathon:-

“Its fair to say that Snowdon is in the top 3 when it comes to the toughest road marathons in the UK and this was my eighth visit to the event. I had two aims, the first to try and better my pb for the course, the second to attempt a sub 3:15 which in hindsight was probably a little optimistic only 6 days after Abingdon. Last year the weather was pretty atrocious with cold gale force winds and lashing rain, surely we were due for a better day this time? Well it was certainly warmer but the winds were almost as strong and with horizontal rain showers, I knew it was going to be another tough day at the office.

Having reached halfway in just over 1:38, I was always going to be up against it for the sub 3:15, however I pushed on after halfway and picked up the pace still further to reach 20 miles in a little over 2:29. But with the toughest climb of the course to come at 21 miles and subsequent steep descent back down to Llanberis I knew it wasn’t going to be enough. I eventually finished in 3:18:46 for 8th V45 and 54th place out of nearly 1400 starters, so top 4%. I should be pleased as I broke my best time on this course by nearly 4 minutes and it was another sub 3:30 on the total, but it would have been so nice to go under 3:15, I must do more hill training!! 

The following day we swapped places as it was Teresa’s turn to burn some tarmac! Chasing a half marathon PB and a first ever sub 2hrs, she was absolutely thrilled to achieve both goals at Stroud, her 5th half marathon, knocking over 6 minutes off her PB for 1:59:27. She now has her sights set on a marathon debut at Windermere in 2010.

With a 4 week break now until the next marathon, it will be nice to recharge the batteries a little and of course catch up with a few jobs around the house!”

Here are Steve’s upto date Marathon running stats, including the Snowdonia Marathon:-

Total Marathons Run 490

Total Sub 3 hour time   26
Total Sub 3:05 time      64
Total Sub 3:10 time    118
Total Sub 3:15 time    209
Total Sub 3:30 time    427

We will update these stats on a regular basis.

Source: Steve Edwards

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