On Saturday 20 June 2015 I had run my first marathon. I wanted to choose the course I will remember forever and I have to say Trail Marathon Wales has actually surpassed my wildest imaginations. The course is in the most beautiful mountains of the Snowdonia National Park Coed y Brenin. The 42km course features single track paths over 3500ft elevation gain across up 20% inclines. I made it in 4:49 minutes which gave me 167 place out of 340 participants. Testimony to how hard the marathon was that some of the previous marathon runners didn’t manage to finish the full race. After talking to some of the fellow runners pre and post race it was necessary to add on average 1 hour to the regular marathon time to cope with TMW.
For running down hills which are abundant and steep there I used sound advice on technique from Sage Canaday https://t.co/pxBIzDVPSE
A couple of pictures including course map and elevation profile of the race;