It almost feels as if the runners of Sheffield are all heading out to the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon and Half this coming weekend. The course, having taken a look last weekend, looks a corker.
For me and the majority of the Team Accelerate Runners will be competing in the half: Julian Lings, Chris Shelton and Dot Kesterton, plus myself and Colin Papworth making up the numbers. Chris ‘HoughBoy’ and Stu Walker will be going the full distance, along with special guest Lee Walker (Just to prove that Walker’s can run!).
The course is typical Snowdonia. A mass start and everyone heads out of Llanberis along a steadily rising track to an obvious saddle with Foel Goch to the right, before dropping down to the foot of Snowdon and the Rangers Path. This first climb will be steady away and have a similar feel to the Peak District’s Dukes Path.
The Marathon then heads away to circumnavigate the ‘hill’ whilst the fun runners head on up the Rangers Path. The Marathoners head up Snowdon from Pen -y – Pass, with both routes converging again at 993metres, without reaching the summit and then it is 4-plus miles of down! (pictured below). For the marathoners a case of save those legs on the climb and for the fun-runners we had best save something from the descent as the return to Llanberis is not the finish for us!
The Marathoners have the joy of finishing on the field in Llanberis, for the fun runners we have the small matter of one last climb through the trees…
For those used to Mountain Trail Running will be keeping an eye on the weather. It looks like 16° in the valleys and below 10 on the higher ground, which will equate to a real feel of -2° to 3°… yes that is a minus sign! So it could be chilly, with a high chance of rain! So go equipped.
Simply for me that means I will go fast and light, but sensibly so. Full waterproof cover, hat and gloves, spare warm layer all packed away. I will start in my preferred Patagonia shorts and long sleeve tee. I think it will be Salomon Sense Softground all the way on my feet, with my fav’ Injinji low cut socks. It’s all tried and tested.
So I guess if you are racing at Snowdon this weekend, enjoy and good luck. On the descent remember to smile as Ben H will be out and about again with his camera and very long lens… just as he was last weekend at the other Snowdon race taking some excellent photos and they can be seen Here >>
See you out there!