Training pays off as Jo completes Snowdonia Marathon Challenge

Jo tackles the mountainous course

26.2 miles is a long way to run, but when you add some strenuous climbs, waterlogged off-road tracks, rain and a hailstorm, the road can seem endless.

These were the conditions faced by Jo Hendry, Crossroads Care in the Vale’s Counsellor, on Saturday 30th October when she took part in the Snowdonia Marathon.
Almost 2,000 runners had entered the event, which starts in Llanberis and circles Snowdon, passing through Beddgelert and Waunfawr. Now in its 28th year, the Snowdonia Marathon attracts runners from across the UK who want to tackle Europe’s toughest marathon course. The scenery is spectacular and many local people turn out to support the event.
All smiles: Jo with husband Neil at the end of the race

Jo was delighted to complete the marathon in 4 hours 55 minutes. She said “This is the toughest challenge I have undertaken to date. I felt tired at the halfway mark but luckily recovered enough to complete the course in a faster time than I had anticipated. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me during the months of training and all those who have kindly sponsored me”.

The race has so far raised over £2,300 for the carers of Crossroads Care in the Vale. If you would like to add to the funds, please go to:
For more information about the Snowdonia Marathon, visit the website at