Almost 1,000 runners made their way to North Wales on Sunday (24 July) to tackle the three events at the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon. Encompassing marathon, half marathon and 10k distances, the races offered some spectacular panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park.
The marathon started and finished in the country’s adventure capital Llanberis, North Wales and visited Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, Pen y Pass. With an ascent of over 1.6k across the 26.2 miles, the race wasn’t for the faint hearted and presented a stern test for those competing.
Leading the field home was Sam Humphrey in 3:57:56, finishing comfortably ahead of Callum Rowlinson with a time of 4:05:04. Callum had established a lead on the ascent but Sam proved to be stronger during the second half of the race. Reading Roadrunners’ Rob Corney rounded off the top three in 4:06:17.
No stranger to the sharp end of distance running, Eryri Harriers’ Andrea Rowlands secured top place in the female field in 4:21:45, with Kate Beecher second (4:23:19) and Claire Welton third (4:53:59).
The half marathon, which incorporated many of the trails of the longer distance event, saw Chris Shelton clinch first place in 1:54:20, with Dyfed Whiteside Thomas second (1:58:54) and Martin Cliffe third (2:00:11). Zoe Mclennan took first in the female competition (2:21:14) with Lisa Grantham and Rachel Thomas following.
Sunday signified the first staging of the 10k race, which drew a welcome response from runners who wanted to sample the trail marathon experience. Andrew Tuckey and Hannah Jones were top in their fields with respective times of 45:43 and 59:21.
A recent statement from organisers Always Aim High Events expressed their satisfaction at how well the races are progressing: “We are absolutely delighted to see the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon go from strength to strength following it’s debut year in 2015. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the 2017 event, which is already generating a huge amount of interest.”