Snowdonia Marathon Archive

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.

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Sponsorship continues to rise as Race Day approaches

Runners at Llanberis Pass

Race Day is looming, the majority of my training is done, and the nerves are kicking in! Last Saturday I did my longest run – 22 miles from Canton to Barry Waterfront and back. The last few miles were hard-going but fortunately flat.

I think what kept me going was the fact that this coming Saturday I will only be running 14 miles on my long training run, as my training tapers off and my body has the chance to recover before the big day arrives.

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Jo enjoys the fun of a big race at Glasgow’s Great Scottish Run

Runners at the start of the Glasgow Half Marathon

You may have heard the expression ‘the loneliness of the long distance runner’. I can certainly relate to that, having done the majority of my training for the Snowdonia Marathon on my own. It was therefore a very different running experience when I found myself at the start line of the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on Sunday morning.

22,000 runners took part in the race, a 13.1 mile course through the city’s streets and parkland. There was fantastic support, and ‘Flower of Scotland’ could be heard from many bagpipes along the route!

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Marathon sponsorship reaches £1,000 and gives a huge boost to carer support

On behalf of everyone at Crossroads Care in the Vale I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me so far to run the Snowdonia Marathon at the end of October. I am delighted to tell you that today the amount raised reached £1,000.

This is a fantastic start to the fundraising, and will go a long way to helping carers of relatives with dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan. The funds will be used to provide a break for carers in the form of events and outings, and some of the monies may also go towards a much-needed minibus to transport those with dementia to our day centre at Bryneithin in Dinas Powys.

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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.

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Words of encouragement & increasing funds inspire Jo’s training as the going gets tough

I would like to thank everyone who has been so generous in sponsoring me for the Snowdonia Marathon on 30th October. Over £700 has been raised so far, a fantastic start to the fundraising.

All monies raised will be used to provide support to carers in the Vale of Glamorgan and their dependent relatives who suffer with dementia.

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