The Snowdonia Marathon, regarded as one of the toughest 26.2 mile events in the UK with climbs of over 1,200ft, has reached its entry capacity in record time. The race, scheduled for Sunday 26 October, received 2,200 registrations within two months of entries going live, with organisers attributing the rise in popularity to a new website and further backing from sponsors.
Starting just outside Llanberis in north Wales, the race sees runners climb to the top of the Llanberis Pass (1,100 ft), a further ascent over Bwlch y Groes (1,200 ft), before moving downhill to the finish. 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.
Event co-ordinator Jayne Lloyd wasn't surprised at just how quickly the event filled-up, saying: “We have once again been overwhelmed by the demand in 2013. We took almost 400 entries for the race in the first day, and though last year was fast in filling, 2013 has been a record breaking year. I think that, as an organising team, we are still humbled by the popularity and the praise that the race gets."
Jayne was quick to recognise how the increasing interaction with competitors has helped to boost registrations: "The advent of social media has really helped us too, as we are in daily contact with our runners, which is so important to any event when it comes to speaking to your audience." For further information, visit the Snowdonia Marathon website.