Words: Hannah James
Both marathon and half-marathon racers clustered the start line in Llanberis. Typical, wet Welsh weather did nothing to diminish spirits of the runners around me as we set off through the town and slowly headed upwards into the mountains. Once reaching the Snowdon Ranger path, we split, with the half-marathon ascending Snowdon and the marathon heading down and around. We had wonderful views over Llyn Ffynnon-y-gwas before sharp zig-zags climbed upwards quickly into the cloud. The Llanberis path on the descent gave spectacular views and allowed for a fast pace. The terrain changed a lot too, keeping it interesting. Once off the mountain we made our way up into woodland on the far side of Llyn Padarn, which added even more climbing and great singletrack before racing back down into Llanberis to the finish. Having initially been dubious about the route due to the path choice, I now happily admit I was wrong and, despite the weather, it was a challenging and very rewarding experience. The whole race was well organised with encouraging and helpful volunteers – a big plus. Next year’s race will most definitely be on the cards.