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UPDATE - Snowdonia Marathon - Emergency Registration - 27/10/2007

Due to uncertanty over further postal stikes, emergency registration procedures have been put in place. Runners will be able to pick up their numbers from Llanberis Community Centre from midday on Friday 26th until midnight and then again on Saturday morning from 6.00 until 10. The race starts at 10.30.

Runners can check their entry details and updates on www.snowdoniamarathon.com or ‘phone the organiser on 07786-223-763

The 25th Snowdonia Marathon will be held on Saturday October 27, 2007. The race starts at Nant Peris (300ft) on the A4086 and then climbs to the top of the Llanberis Pass (Pen y Pass 1,100ft).
It follows the A498 to Beddgelert (200ft) and there 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.
There are spectacular views along the etire route. This is why, in 2006, readers of Runners World magazine voted the Snowdonia Marathon the most scenic race in the UK.

Entry forms for the 2007 race are now available to download from the Snowdonia Marathon website, but need to be returned to the address on the Entry Form, not to the National Trust. As in previous years the event is supported by the Trust and its hundreds of volunteers, and any proceeds will ensure the continued development of the race and will also support conservation projects in Snowdonia.

Please note closing date for postal entries is 1st October. There will be a limited number of entries available on the day at £25. There have been almost 1000 entries already and places are filling up fast. The limit is 1500!

As a result of support given by Snowdonia Green Key, Snowdonia's sustainable transport initiative, free buses are available (subject to spaces), to take runners and spectators from Llanberis to the start. Buses will run from 9.00am until 10.15am and will be on a first come first served basis only.

It is advisable to try to book accommodation in Llanberis early - see Snowdonia Active's Accomodation Guide, although the area is understandably popular and may soon be running out of spaces. As an alternative you should contact the tourist office in Caernarfon (7 miles from Llanberis), telephone number 01286 672232, or e mail caernarfon.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk for details of all types of accommodation in the area.

The inaugural Snowdonia Marathon was held in 1982, and conceived as a dramatic alternative to the numerous city and town races becoming so popular.
The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales' and England's highest peak, has given the event a unique place in the annual marathon calendar ever since.
The 2007 marathon will be the 25th Snowdonia Marathon.

Jayne Lloyd, the Marathon's organiser says: "The National Trust Snowdonia Marathon is intentionally planned on roads to alleviate the pressure on the footpaths of Snowdonia. Little did we realise in 1982 how popular the event would become!

"The scenery is spectacular all the way around the route. Many runners are keenly aware of the need to look after the environment and this is one unusual way in which they can help.

"So much money is spent by the National Trust's Snowdonia Appeal on repairing footpaths on the mountains and restoring dry stone walls. But because the trick is for it to appear as if nothing has been done people aren’t very aware of the work."

Every year since 1982, the winner of the Snowdonia Marathon has been presented with the Michael Forte Challenge Trophy. The story of how it was given to the National Trust, to be used on this special occasion, is a very interesting one.
In 1982 Michael Forte donated a cup to the National Trust to be given to the winner of the Snowdonia Marathon. He approached Fattorini and Sons of Bradford who had recently celebrated their 150th anniversary and had received a lot of nationwide publicity, in particular for supplying the present FA Cup.
Michael Forte bought a trophy which had come to Fattorini a few years earlier in rather unusual circumstances. In 1922 a prosperous Huddersfield mill owner, who was a keen supporter of the Scouting movement, wanted to present an award for a nationwide Scout band competition.
He commissioned a trophy from Fattorini and Sons of Bradford which bore his name for posterity. The Scout leader would not agree to his request and the trophy was therefore never used.
Instead it was safely kept in the mill until some 50 years later when the mill owner's son, when disposing of his father's effects, sold the cup back to Fattorini. The large sterling silver trophy weighs 203oz and stands 33 inches tall. It is 53 ounces heavier and taller than the FA Cup and a perfect example of the work of the skilled craftsmen who made it.

Location: Start: Nant Peris, Finish: Llanberis

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