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Arrived at transition for the last time, came to a
slow halt but once more couldn’t seem to unclip and collided with a fence and
fell off, right in front of assorted marshals.
Awkward moment. Anyway, into
transition after a ludicrous 11h57 on the bike (including stopovers).
To save time I stayed in my cycling shorts and
leggings for the final run, which was a quick dash up the Llanberis Path to the
top of Snowdon and back. A mistake – all
the seams in cycling kit create all manner of chafing problems. After the mandatory kit check, I set out at
0055, five minutes before the cutoff. I
felt OK – running was more my thing. But by now it was a speed hike for me, not
a run. As I climbed a whole line of
headtorches were coming down towards me with very few going up. These were the full distance triathletes who
had done the swim, the bike, the three lake laps and were finishing with
Snowdon. They were mostly a couple of
hours, or more, ahead of me.
It got very windy and cold. The path seemed to go on and on and to be
rougher than I was expecting. We had
been warned we might be turned back before the summit - all day there had been
60 mph gusts up there. Indeed we were
being turned round, at Clogwyn station, about 45 minutes from the top. There were some hardy race medics camped out
there. I asked one of them if they would
countenance a cheeky solo summit bid, but they said certainly not.
So, just downhill now and back to HQ where this
adventure would finally end. I managed
to shuffle along quite nicely and overtake a few tired triathletes, through the
gate at the bottom, down the steep tarmac road, and back into Llanberis and the
finish. It was 0408. Race time 19:08:11 and ninth out of nine. Whilst I sat in the tent in a stupor, gazing
at my medal, the lead double distance triathlete was just getting ready to
leave. He had done his 4.8-mile swim, his 224-mile bike, and the run up Snowdon
(doubles and triples did this section of the run first), and was now going to
finish off with his eight lake laps (40-ish miles). Phenomenal.
He was smashing it.
Got back to my digs very near to Pete’s Eats café and
took the dog for a short walk. Bikes
were still swishing through the village.
One chap had pulled up by his crew vehicle – he had done seven bike laps
but was at risk of being timed out. Went
back and crashed out on the couch.
Later in the morning after only about two hours’ sleep
Mrs T Rex and I went off for breakfast and still bikes were going round. We went over to the tent about lunchtime and
met the parents of a Dutch triathlete who were anxiously looking up at Snowdon
waiting for their son to come down. He
was the leading triple distance triathlete and by then had done his 7.2 mile
swim and 336-mile bike. All he had left
was 13 lake laps (65-ish miles). (He went on to finish about 0730 on Monday
morning for an overall race time of 46:39:39, a course record by 8 hours. Utterly inspirational.)
On the after dark dog walk that evening (Sunday) the
woods on the other side of the lake were full of headtorches, doubles and
triples still out there.
The next day (Monday) we thought we’d walk on part of
the lake lap and sure enough runners were still toiling round, mainly female
doubles and male triples. No women had
entered the triple – I think they had more sense! Hard to credit how they were still going – I
had done my race and had had two night’s sleep and they were still out here!!
As you can tell I am very taken with this event and will
certainly go back in 2020. I want to
knock a considerable amount of time off, especially on the bike leg. I’m going to need some sort of half-descent
Great report TR - I agree with JD2 the book would fantastic. It does sound like one hell of an event even if there seems to be a bit of a "biggest wallet wins" thing going on but I guess that's triathlons for you!
The non running list for this year's SNOD gets bigger by the day! Good luck to all that are running -hopefully see you next year ballot permitting!
Snowdonia Snail said:
***update***Decided 100% that we won't be opening Friday night as we have decided to prep food for the weekend. Sorry about that and hope you understand.SS
Well, been meaning to pop in to say hello.
Have fun today all.
Sorry you won't be in today TR, I'll look out for your brother.
Good to catch up with PT & SS, hope to see everyone else somewhere along the line.
TR, your split for Start, move, finish is my aim this year. Had a horrid time at York mara last weekend. Today is all about enjoying my favourite race.
Staying with friends in Bangor this year so won't be out in Llanberis tonight.