Hilly & Hillier Marathon Weekend

Four from Tewkesbury travelled to North Wales for the Snowdon Marathon or to give it its correct title ‘Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri’.

Teresa Roberts, Phillip Howells, Angie Sadler and Mike Roberts started the rain-blessed race from Llanberis with 1,900 other hardy souls/soles.

The event itself has additional challenges to 26.2 miles of running with strong winds and almost 2,000 feet of climbing with two climbs especially testing. Angie’s great at ascending and it’s normal to see her running pass competitors when the direction goes up.

Her performance in Snowdonia was capped by securing the F55 category and 19th in the women’s field.

Her finish time of 3:39 hrs placed her 277th overall from the 1,883 who finished the course.

Teresa also had a fine result with a time of 4:46 hrs with Mike a minute behind securing 1,289th and 1,298th places respectively.

Phillip placed 18th in the M65 category and 1,747thoverall with 5:48 hrs and I’m sure he loved every minute of it.

A wet start in North Wales.

Nearer to home, the inaugural Bristol+Bath Marathon took place: Organized by the same team that stage the Cheltenham Half, the event was well-organized, glitzy and sponsored by a host of local businesses and authorities but, like CHM, expensive mainly due to the complete road closures.

Again four from Tewkesbury made the trip including two marathon debutants.

Not as much climbing was needed for this 26.2 miler, just 1,300 feet though it was all laid out over the last 13 miles!

Tewkesbury’s two first timers were Charlotte Deacon and Selena Goulstone.

We know that both of them have had numerous issues with their respective training in the build-up with both illness and niggles.