Around 200 runners took part in the new Conwy Marathon yesterday (Sunday 31 March) in perfect weather conditions. There were closely fought battles in the men’s and women’s races.
Organised by Always Aim High Events, the SportPursuit Conwy Marathon made its debut on a bright, clear morning in North Wales. It was the first road marathon in this walled market town and attracted a mixture of runners, from first timers at the distance to experienced athletes chasing an early season PB.
The Victorian Promenade in Llandudno was the location for the start and finish line and featured superb views of the Conwy coastline and surrounding area. The runners set off at 9am on a picturesque route on country roads; this took them around the Great Orme and the Conwy Castle World Heritage Site then Colwyn Bay Promenade before doubling back along the beach to the finish in Llandudno. Six High 5 stations supplied water and energy gels and there was plenty of support to keep everyone going.
Martin Green of North Wales Road Runners won the first Conwy Marathon in 2:44:47. Alan Bodden was second in 2:52:12 with Ian Edwards of Eryri Harriers close behind him in 2:52:48.
Andrea Rowlands of Eryri Harriers was the first female in 3:11:21. There was a hard fought contest for second and third with Miranda Frudd finishing in 3:15:18 – only two seconds between her and Jennifer Houghton of Kirby Milers who finished in 3:15:20.
There was a bespoke medal and technical t-shirt for every runner and a ‘feast of food’ at the finish.