More than 400 runners from all across the UK descended on Newborough Forest on Sunday (2 June) for the first ever Anglesey Trail Half Marathon & 10K. Organised by Always Aim High Events, the inaugural event saw the company revisit the home of the spectacular Sandman Triathlon to test runners against the stunning woodland trails.
Starting in the sumptuous surroundings of the long grass and dunes, the course took runners through the woodland onto winding beautiful trails in Newborough Forest. Continuing along Afon Cefni and back into the Forest, the course looped round to bring runners back to where they started.
The wet and windy conditions on the day couldn’t dampen the spirits with a great atmosphere on the start and finish line and throughout the event village. Over 210 runners gathered for the inaugural half marathon, which turned out to be a hotly contested affair, particularly in the women’s field.
South Cheshire Harriers’ Louise Gordon and Briony Evans battled it out to the last, with the former coming home first in 1:41:44, four seconds ahead of Evans. The men’s race was won in convincing fashion by Jonathan Kettle in 1:24:06. The remaining podium positions went down to the wire with Neil Rothwell (1:26:44) beating Owen Humphreys right on the finish line.
The 10k race got underway at 10am and saw a further 200 runners head out into the challenging trails in Newborough Forest. Remarkably, it was Troy Kettle, son of half marathon winner Jonathan, who claimed the 10k title in 47:41. The women's competition was dominated from the start by Ellie Dominey, who took top spot in a time of 48:45.
Tim Lloyd, director of Always Aim High Events, said: “We love coming back to Newborough Forest and staging a brand new event made it better this time around. There’s always something special about a new event and the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon & 10K has been no different.
“The weather hasn’t been the best but that’s not stopped our runners from being incredible. It’s great to see people from all over the UK coming to Anglesey and experiencing everything it has to offer. Hopefully this won’t be the last event they travel to North Wales to take part in."