It’s full steam ahead with the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri set to celebrate its 36th staging next week (Saturday 26 October). As ever, the event, said to be one of the most picturesque marathons in the UK, will host a full house, and runners are in for a vocal send-off with Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion in line to set the field on their way.
As well as being one of the most picturesque on the circuit, the marathon is known to be brutally tough too. The demanding and spectacular route encircles Snowdon, Wales’ and England’s highest peak, and totals 3000m of elevation over 26.2 miles.
As with previous years, the race sold out swiftly: organisers revealed that all of the 2700 places were snapped up within two hours of going live. One of those lining up will be Rhys Meirion himself, who is competing as part of a relay team after firing the starters’ gun.
Meirion who will be representing the organ donation charity Cronfa Elen, commented: “I’m honoured to be starting the Snowdonia Marathon this year, and am looking forward to running the race alongside others affected by and working with Organ Donation. Since my late sister, Elen, gave her organs to others, organ donation has become a subject that’s very close to mine and my family’s hearts.”
Marathon coordinator Jayne Lloyd commented: “We are so pleased to have Rhys and the team along this year. We have worked with numerous charities supported by Awyr Las and are proud to be able to promote the important message behind Cronfa Elen.”