By clive on Jul 21, 2009
The Snowdon Fell Race is the best known Fell race in Wales, probably on account of S4C covering it on television for as long as I can remember. It has a bit of a carnival atmosphere and the reception each runner gets as they pass the reasonably intoxicated crowd outside the Victoria Hotel is very lifting indeed.
I was a quite a bit slower than I had hoped on the ascent, but had a good decent in 35 minutes. Heart rate monitor slipped down on the decent hence the heart rate of less than 110, I can assure you it was somewhat higher.
It is quite a fast race, so having done events like the Highland Fling which are much longer, but far less intense, it seems your body adapts as you train it. I also had not been training hard enough in the 6 weeks before, in part down to a ankle problem. Good as water running is, it is not a full substitute.
Which ever way you cut it, it is sad when a fellow runner dies in a race. It appears to have been heart related, talking to a paramedic after the race who suggested if today is your day, it is your day. Still just as sad and makes you reflect that you don't know how long you have down here left.