Robinson leads Exmouth Harriers home in Snowdonia Marathon.

PUBLISHED: 13:11 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:11 12 November 2015


The penultimate Saturday of October saw three Exmouth Harriers travel to North Wales for the 33rd running of the Snowdonia Marathon, writes Anthony Hatchard.

This is an event that takes runners on a clockwise lap of Snowdon starting and finishing in Llanberis.

It’ll be of no surprise to Journal readers that is a non-flat course covering nearly 2,500ft of climbing and some precarious off road descending.

Mike Robinson finished in just under three hours (2:59.23) and a cracking 22nd place. Anthony Hatchard was just six minutes further back (3:05.45) in 42nd place) with Lisa Hatchard coming in, in a time of 4:32.01, well within the top half of the women which included a stop en route at 17 miles to catch up with her sister!

Lisa heralds from the region and therefore was rather excited to be running on home turf. To put into perspective how the event compares to the usual marathons, the chap who won (John Gilbert of Kent AC) completed it in a staggering 2:33.38, a course record time even though it was in torrential rain throughout!

This is the same man who several weeks earlier completed Berlin 18 minutes faster in 2:15. The Snowdonia Marathon is a brilliantly organised event with copious volunteers and lots of tea and biscuits at the end.

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