The sun shines down on Anglesey trail runners

Posted in At the Races on Mon 30 Sep ’13

© Gwynfor James / Sport Pictures Cymru

Sunday saw over 450 trail runners head to the beautiful forest of Newborough on Anglesey for the second Anglesey Trail Races. The event has a 10k and half marathon option and takes in the historic Llanddwyn Island on its journey…

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Newborough Forest was for the second week running filled with hundreds of athletes excited to compete in an Always Aim High Events sporting event. This time (Sunday 29th September) the forest was home to the Anglesey Trail Races which consisted of a 10K and half marathon as well as junior events.

The day will be remembered for its incredible weather, fantastic racing and stunning course. The sun shone down on the competitors who not only achieved some great times but also thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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Siobhan Evans

The female 10K race was won by Siobhan Evans who beat off her nearest rival Sara Woodcock by over 6 minutes with a time of 44:20. The men’s 10K was won by Alex Hall from Chester Running club with an impressive time of 37:57. In second position was ‘one to watch out for in the future’ 16-year-old Iolo Hughes who runs for Menai Track and Field.

In the half marathon event, the male winner was Gwyn Owen who achieved an unbeaten time of 1:16.06. Owen finished over 3 minutes ahead of second placed Steffan Sayer, another runner from the Menai Track and Field Running Club.

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Gwyn Owen

The women’s winner was Sarah Caskey, running for Bangor University Athletics Club. Caskey who was runner-up at last March’s Island Race won the race with an excellent time of 1:32.55, over 7 minutes faster than Polly Adams who finished in second place.

The other big success of the day was the high number of children who took place in the junior races. Over 150 local children took part in the Dragon’s Dash, which was organized by Anglesey County Council’s Sports Development Unit and sponsored by Always Aim High. The children were given a certificate and a medal to reward them for their hardwork.

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Event planner and Always Aim High Events Director, Nigel Kendrick, was delighted with the days racing and wasthrilled with how many children took part.

“We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Newborough – the weather has been incredible and the racing has been superb. The feedback form the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive. The number of children who have taken part is absolutely incredible and it just shows how popular the sport of trail running has become. These children could well be the Olympic stars of the future so it’s great to be able to give them an opportunity to perform in front of a large, cheering crowd.

“We would like to say thank you to Anglesey County Council, the Newborough Community, Natural Resources Wales and event sponsors, Sports Tours International, Kinetica and Salomon for their fantastic support during the organisation of this event.”

Half marathon results can be found here with the 10k race positions here.

For event pictures please visit the website of Sports Pictures Cymru.

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