Russell Bentley of Eryri Harriers made a nation proud, winning the 9BAR Conwy Half Marathon in 1:09:43 on Sunday (20 November). The Welsh International was in imperious form at last month’s Snowdonia Marathon Eryri, going on to win in 2:35:05. His performance at Conwy was equally impressive, finishing nearly a minute ahead of his nearest rival James Douglas of Border Harriers.
Douglas was second in 1:10:39 with Ricky Challinor of Liverpool Harriers taking third place in 1:14:16.
Diane McVey of Wilmslow RC won the women’s race in 1:21:04 followed by Jennifer Clague of Liverpool Harriers in 1:25:41. Rhiannon Douglas of Border Harriers was third in 1:26:05.
Midpoint runner was Sam Blacow of Bramhall Runners in 1:59:06.
The placed runners were amongst a field of over 2,400 who followed a picturesque route that started at Conwy Castle, headed towards Deganwy and Llandudno with a climb around the Great Orme before finishing back at the castle.
New for this year was the 3 Nations Championships, an annual event giving runners the chance to represent England, Scotland or Wales by wearing a vest in their country’s colours. There was a fourth option of a black ‘Rest of the world’ vest for anyone not from those countries. National pride was clearly on display with many runners choosing to wear a 3 Nations vest alongside those sporting club colours.
This race has been voted in the top five scenic half marathons by readers of Runners World and continues to be popular due to its location, atmosphere and unique medal with extra-large versions for runners wearing a 3 Nations vest.
Entries are now open for the 2017 9BAR Conwy Marathon. For more information, visit the website at www.runwales.com