2 Oct

Anglesey Runners Aim High

Gwyn Owen

Newborough Forest was for the second week in succession filled with runners as 450 competitors tackled the Anglesey Trail Races. Sunday's competition, organised by Always Aim High Events, consisting of a 10k and half marathon as well as a junior race, saw competitors tackle a course on the iconic Llanddwyn Island.

Taking advantage of bright and sunny conditions, runners moved through some stunning trail paths in the heart of Newborough Forest. Chester Running Club's Alex Hall took top spot in the 10k event, coming home in an impressive time of 37:57. In the women's field, Siobhan Evans beat off her nearest rival Sara Woodcock by over six minutes with a time of 44:20.

Gwyn Owen secured first place in the half marathon with a time of 1:16:06, with Menai Track and Field RC's Steffan Sayer taking second place. Sarah Caskey, runner-up in March's Island Race, led the female field home with 1:32.55, over seven minutes faster than Polly Adams who finished in second place.

The other big success of the day was the encouraging number of children who took place in the junior races. Over 150 local children contested the Dragon's Dash, organised 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 hard work.

Event planner and Always Aim High events director, Nigel Kendrick, was delighted with the day's proceedings and was thrilled 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."

For more information, visit the Always Aim High Events website.