Yesterday (Sunday, March 6) saw over 1,600 men, women and children and a huge number of spectators bring a carnival atmosphere to the streets of Menai Bridge.
The famous Menai Suspension Bridge was packed ready for what is commonly known as ‘the most beautiful half marathon in the UK’ – the Jones o Gymru Anglesey Half Marathon.
The Anglesey Half, which was organised by North Wales sports event specialists Always Aim High Events, will be remembered for the high standard of record breaking racing, the high levels of support and the fun, friendly atmosphere. The feedback immediately after the race was incredibly positive, with Twitter and Facebook users heaping praise upon the event: ‘@callumrowlinson: @aahevents thanks for a great day. Another top event!’‘@carrie_I_hall: @aahevents any date for next year? I loved it!’
‘@SWFN_runman: My favourite half-marathon! Lovely course, brilliantly organised, marshalled and so well supported all through the towns! Thank you!’
‘Rachael Smart: Fantastic event…. Brilliantly organised.’
The men’s winner of the Anglesey Half Marathon was Alun Vaughan of Eryri Harriers, who set a personal best time of 1:09:43, beating his own winning time from last year.
Second place was Callum Rowlinson of Sale Harriers with an impressive time of 1:10:10 and joining them on the podium in third was Steffan Sayer of Menai Track and Field with a time of 1:12:48.
In the women’s discipline the race was won with a course record time by Hannah Oldroyd who achieved 1:21:30. Hannah finished ahead of second placed Elliw Haf of the Eryri Harriers with a time of 1:32:22 while Carla Green finished third with a time of 1:33:14.
The other big success of the day was the high number of children who took place in the junior races. Over 300 local children took part in the Anglesey Half Marathon Dragon’s Dash, which was organised by Anglesey County Council’s Sports Development Unit and sponsored by Always Aim High Events. Children’s races were chip-timed meaning all juniors got an official time. This was made possible by the generosity of TDL Event Services. The children were given a medal to reward them for their hard work.
For full results (both senior and junior) please visit the TDL website (http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/).