Up to 2,500 runners are expected to descend on Snowdonia this weekend to compete in what is regarded as one of the finest marathons in the UK. The Snowdonia Marathon Eryri, celebrating its 32nd year, is known for its picturesque and challenging course and seen as the jewel in the crown of Welsh racing.
The event sold out in record time this year and organisers are anticipating Sunday’s race will see the biggest turnout of competitors toeing the start line at in Llanberis.
With current men’s champion Rob Samuel unable to compete, the marathon will welcome a new name on the winner’s roll and competition for the coveted Marathon Eryri trophy is expected to be fierce. There is local interest in Welsh international Alun Vaughan, who is taking part in the event for the first time and boasts a 2:24 PB.
The women’s competition is similarly open with Sarah Caskey not defending her title. Andrea Rowlands, third in the 2013 event, is a pre-race favourite alongside Sally Wilder (third in 2012), Mary Grace Spalton (fifth in 2014), Clare Phillips (second in 2012) and international fell runner Caitlin Rice from Glossopdale.
Event organiser Jayne Lloyd is anticipating a memorable race, stating: "This is my 10th year of organising the marathon, and each year it just gets better and better. With 2500 entrants in 2014 it is by far the biggest ever. We have some new sponsors on board this year, as well as our long-standing partners who offer so much value to the event from a publicity and visual feel perspective.”
“This continues to be seen as one of the premier marathons in the UK now, and demand for places is getting higher every year. We don't really want to grow the event much further in terms of entry numbers so we are now looking at the experience and enjoyment factor of the event.”
Look out for our race report on Monday morning.