2015 witnessed one of the most exciting additions to the trail running circuit in recent years with the launch of the Snowdonia Trail Marathon. A sell out field of 750 took part. After the success of the inaugural event, organisers Always Aim High have been prompt to announce that entries for the 2016 competition, scheduled for Sunday 24 July, are now open.
A large part of the success has been attributed to the race’s beautiful scenery. Both the marathon and half marathon start and finish in Wales’ adventure capital Llanberis. From here runners leave the event village to take in either 26.2 or 13.1 miles of the most iconic and spectacular trails Snowdonia National Park has to offer.
Last year saw competitors face the challenging terrain with the added task of seriously tough weather conditions throughout the day. First to cross the line was Stuart Waker, who finished in 4:04:04, with Sale Harriers’ Callum Rowlinson second (4:09:20) and Sam Orton in third (4:14:31). In the women’s competition, Katie Beecher took first place and fifth overall in 4:28:38, with her closest rival, Zoe McLennan, finishing in 5:11:01.
Despite the testing conditions, the race’s popularity has soared with over 1,200 competitors for next year’s event. Tim Lloyd from organisers Always Aim High Events, comments: “2016 will see the Snowdonia Trail Marathon enter its second year. Last year we sold out the race at 750 runners and had to turn almost the same number away.”
900 have pre-registered for the 2016 event and already 300 pre-sale allocations have been made. Organisers expect places to fill quickly and highly recommend early entry to avoid disappointment.