Jo goes in search of new heights for Snowdonia Marathon Challenge

The biggest challenge I’m facing at the moment is trying to find hills steep enough and long enough on which to train. No hill in Cardiff or the Vale of Glamorgan is going to compare with the horrendous climbs I’ll be facing in Snowdonia.

The Wenallt and Caerphilly Mountain have become familiar stomping grounds, and as the distance of my long weekend runs has increased, I’ve begun running from Cardiff to Penarth to tackle Custom House Hill and the many hills leading up from the seafront.

I’ve been told that downhill running is equally important to practise, as this uses a different (and less strong) set of leg muscles. Many runners struggle on the downhill stretches of the Snowdonia Marathon, especially as some of the course is off-road and there is less stability underfoot.

If you see me running in Cardiff or Penarth, please give me a cheer. It’s always good to have some support and it breaks up the monotony of a long, arduous training run!

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. And to give you taste of what Jo is facing, here’s the
approximate Snowdonia Marathon course