By clive on Jul 28, 2008
The temp gauge in our car read 27 degree's which is tropical for Wales. So heat was the theme of this years Snowdon Race with many of the competitors finishing up to 10 minutes down on last years time. Apart, of course, from the winner Andi Jones who runs like a machine and was only 30 seconds down on his time for the previous year. I came in 45 minutes after Andi and I don't think I could have run any harder given the heat.
The race also doubles as the Llanberis St John's Ambulance training day. I have never seen so many customers for their services at a race:- heat exhustion, blisters and bleeding legs and heads. The medical tent was full to overflowing. At least 1 runner who ran for Wales was helicoptered off, I do he is OK now.
So it was a tough race for those not used to running in heat, I doubt few personal bests were set(unless like me it was your 1st). While Snowdon has a railway running to its summit, it is still a serious mountain which needs considerable respect if you choose to use your feet at any speed or in any weather.
Much credit to the marshalls and organisers and also to the 1000's of people who turned out to cheers everyone on, not just the winners or their friends.