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Snowdonia Marathon

Quick facts

Location Nant Peris, United Kingdom

Distance Marathon

Date 26 Oct 2019

About Snowdonia Marathon

The Brooks Snowdonia Marathon has been voted best British marathon twice. The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales’ and England’s highest peak, gives the event a unique place in the annual marathon calendar.

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’ ad 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.

Distances

Snowdonia Marathon

  • 42.195km

Snowdonia Marathon Route Map

Snowdonia Marathon Route Map

Start:

Llanberis

Nant Peris,gb

Difficulty

hilly

Highlights

The race takes place in some of north Wales's most spectacular scenery while encircling Snowdon. Runners are advised to consider the cold they may experience during the race and carry body cover with them.

Overview

The route follows the A4086 and climbs to the top of the Llanberis Pass (Pen y Pass 1.100ft). Dropping down to the Pen Y Cwyryd junction, the race then follows the old road along to the campsite until it joins the A498. This 2km section is farm track, downhill, then the surface returns to the tarmac. There is a short, sharp uphill back up to the main road at the campsite. The route then continues to the Beddgelert (200ft) and then continues along the A4085 to Waunfawr. From here it is a rapid climb to about 1,200ft at Bwlch y Groes (a short length is unmetalled) and then downhill to the finish in Llanberis.


Snowdonia Marathon Trivia

Marathon is notoriously difficult to overcome. Not only is the route a challenging one (taking runners over some uneven ground including a hill-bound A4068 and fairly sudden ascent to Bwlch y Groes) but in spite of the beautiful scenery that may help you take your mind off the fatigue towards the end of the race, the weather can be significantly colder than many less-experienced marathon runners are used to.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.