It seems the prospect of scaling peaks of 1,200 feet over the course of 26.2 miles has had little deterrent on runners taking part in this year's Snowdonia marathon. Organisers of the event have announced that the quota of 2200 registrations has sold fast, with only a handful of entries now available.
Due to take place on Saturday 26 October, the Snowdonia Marathon Eyri is regarded as one of the toughest and most picturesque courses in the UK. Starting just outside Llanberis in north Wales, the route climbs to the top of the Llanberis Pass (1,100 feet), with runners encountering a further tough climb over Bwlch y Groes (1,200 feet), before moving downhill to the finish.
Entries co-ordinator Phil Jones is surprised at just how quickly the event has filled-up, saying: "We have been once again overwhelmed by the demand for this event in 2013. I don't think any of us on the organising team really believed that we would have reached 2200 entries by the end of February in 2012. It's not about records, but it is great to know that even into its 31st edition the race just gets more and more popular."
After its inaugural staging in 1982, the marathon has established itself as one of the most popular on the circuit, and was voted the Best British Marathon of the Year in 2007 and 2011. Race organiser Jayne Lloyd feels the race has had a highly positive effect on the area too: "This event means so much to the Llanberis and North Wales community. We are so proud of what the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri has done for the area over the last 31 years and how many people's lives we have touched.
Last year's race saw local favourite Rob Samuel (Eryri Harriers) finish in an impressive 2:35:40, with club mate Matthew Roberts in second (2:42:41). Top in the female event was Emily Gelder, who came home in 3:06:22.
To register, visit the event website.