The inaugural Snowdonia Marathon was held in 1982, and was conceived as a dramatic alternative to the numerous city and town races becoming so popular. The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales' and England's highest peak, has given the event a unique place in the annual marathon calendar ever since.
In a 2011 poll by Runners World Magazine, the Snowdonia Marathon was voted the best Marathon in the UK for the second time. This is somewhat ironic since it is also regarded as one of the most difficult! Our success has been credited to three things; the beautiful scenery, the runners that organize the race and the hospitality of the local people. The 2012 race will be the 30th Snowdonia Marathon and the biggest so far - little did we realise in 1982 how popular the event would become.
Race day information
Our race HQ is in Llanberis, the start is just outside the village. The race finishes in Llanberis which is located 66 miles from Chester, 103 miles from Manchester and 270 miles from London.
Getting to Llanberis:
Access to Llanberis is easy. It's only about one hour from the M56 which joins the A55 and it's less than 15 minutes from the A55 itself.
Just follow the A55 west along the North Wales coast. There are substantial white on brown signs marking the Llanberis turn off (Junction 11). From here turn left onto the A5 and then sharp right onto the A4244. From the Midlands travel along the historic A5 from the M54. From the South you can take the scenic A470.
Registration will take place in the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre from midday until midnight on Friday 26th October 2011 and again from6am until 9am on the morning of Saturday 27th October. This is when you will be given your race pack. The Visitor Centre is situated by the lake, in The Electric Mountain building and will be clearly signposted (postcode LL55 4UR).
Runners can park at any one of a number of Pay and Display car parks around the village. All are within easy walking distance of registration. Please be environmentally aware and try to share transport to the race wherever possible.
Please be aware that the weather at this time of year can be quite challenging and you are advised to carry some sort of body cover with you whilst running.