There was cause for a double celebration at Sunday’s Island Race with the event posting its biggest turnout to date and witnessing a new course record. Based on the north west coast of Wales, the race, which is also known as the Anglesey Half Marathon, has established a reputation as being one of the more unique events in the UK with a course that starts on Thomas Telford’s historic Menai Bridge.
The event attracted over 800 runners and saw GB international Andi Jones take top place in a time of 77:29 - slicing almost 2 minutes off the previous record. Jones, who used the race as preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, was followed by Rob Samuel (78:45) and Russell Bentley (79:22).
In the women’s competition, Eryri Harriers’ Siobhan Evans secured a convincing victory in 1:24:42, with Zoe McLennan in second (87:27) and Elizabeth Huston in third place (91:17). The mid-point competitor was Jonathan Moore in 1:56:41, with the last runner coming home in 3:26:53.
Always Aim Events Director, Nigel Kendrick, was delighted with the day’s racing, commenting: “We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Menai Bridge - the weather has been incredible and the racing has been superb. The feedback from the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive - the amount of people who have told me this is the most beautiful half marathon they have ever run has been unbelievable!"
Nigel was also thrilled at the success of the kids' Island Race Dragon’s Dash, which saw over 250 take part: “It just shows how important grass root sport is and we always welcome any opportunity to promote it. 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, supportive crowd.”
Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com