Everything you need to know about the Snowdonia Marathon

Photo credit: SportpicturesCymru
Photo credit: SportpicturesCymru

Taking in Snowdon, the Llanberis Pass and miles of stunning countryside, the Snowdonia Marathon is one of the year’s most dramatic routes. If you’re tackling the challenge this October, here’s everything you need to know.

When is the 2022 Snowdonia Marathon?

The 2022 Snowdonia Marathon takes place on Saturday 29 October 2022.

What time does the Snowdonia Marathon start?

The Snowdonia Marathon starts at 10.30am. There are baggage storage facilities at the finish area on Llanberis High Street.

Can I still enter the 2022 race?

Sadly, entries are now full. But you can always enter the ballot for next year! It opens at 9am on 1 December 2022 and closes at midnight on 8 December 2022.

What is the route?

The race starts just outside Llanberis on the A4086, five minutes from the race HQ at Electric Mountain. Along the way, you’ll climb to the top of the Llanberis Pass, tackle farm track, downhill sections and uphill climbs, before finishing on Llanberis High Street.

Take a look at the route here:

Photo credit: Snowdonia Marathon
Photo credit: Snowdonia Marathon

What will the weather be like for the Snowdonia Marathon?

It’s too early to tell, but organisers warn that the October weather in the area can be challenging. They recommend carrying some kind of body cover while running, just in case.

What is the easiest way to get to the start line?

To keep the event as green as possible participants are encouraged to use public transport – the nearest train station to Llanberis is Bangor. A frequent bus service runs between Bangor and Llanberis and also between Caernarfon and Llanberis.

If you can’t take public transport, you can still reduce your carbon emissions by car sharing – find fellow travellers to the event at www.liftshare.com. There are a number of pay and display car parks around the village.

How do I get my race pack?

Registration will take place at the race HQ at the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre (LL55 4UR) from midday until 10.30pm on Friday 28 October 2022 and from 6am until 9.30am on 29 Saturday October 2022.

You can also familiarise yourself with the event’s key locations before you arrive using the event map on the Snowdonia Marathon website here.

Where are the best places to spectate?

Local cafés and pubs along the route can provide a comfortable base for spectators – from Caffi Gwynant (a finalist in the Welsh Café Awards 2019) to The Cwellyn Arms in the village of Rhyd Dhu – and Llanberis itself has lots to keep you occupied should you choose to wait for the finishers there. Check out some more recommendations and spectating tips here.

When planning your day, bear in mind that the Llanberis Pass will be closed from 10am until around midday, a diversion will be in place in Waunfawr and Llanberis High Street is closed from Capel Coch Road to the bypass for the duration of the race.

How can I change my details if I've moved house?

You can update your personal information any time between now and race day by logging in using the details on the email receipt received when you entered the race.

I’m injured, can I give my place to someone else?

Yes you can. Just log in using the details on your email receipt and provide the name and email of the new runner. They will then be sent an email to complete the process. This needs to be done before 30 September 2022.

Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, refunds and deferrals are not offered on places in the Snowdonia Marathon.

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