Buff Winter Trail Wales delights!
Reaction to last weekend’s inaugural Buff Winter Trail Wales race has shown the event to be an overwhelming success, with over 300 runners taking part on the event staged on the tough, but stunning, Trail Marathon Wales half marathon route at Coed y Brenin.
The event had sold-out in the a little over two days when entries went live in October, testimony to the pulling power of trail running at Coed y Brenin these days, and with a sizeable waiting list this new event on the calendar had obviously captured the imagination.
With very little wind and bright winter sunshine the weather ensured that racing conditions were almost perfect for the runners who had travelled from as far a field as Kent and the North East of England, and it was local man and Welsh international Matthew Roberts who took the spoils in a very fast 1:25:01 for the 13.3 mile course.
In the women’s race there was a dominant performance from Spectrum Strider Victoria Walls in a super fast 1:44:50, a time which would have also won the 27-year old the summer Trail Marathon Wales event. Victoria commented:
“Wow, that was an amazing course, I absolutely loved it! The conditions were perfect for trail running today and the course is stunning.”
However, the most effusive comments were reserved for those ‘mid-pack’ runners who had travelled from all corners of Wales and the UK for the event:
“Fantastic (and brutal) @TrailWales half-marathon yesterday at Coed-y-Brenin in beautiful Snowdonia. Even better was the hot soup at the end!” – Matt Johnson (via Twitter)
“Amazing day of running @TrailWales. Amazing course, amazing people, amazing good bag. Although I will feel it tomorrow. #wintertrailwales” – Jon Chapman (via Twitter)
“The most amazing trail run, thanks everyone…really friendly event with a spectacular and varied trail. Can’t wait to go through it all again for the full marathon version in the summer!!” – Leigh Allinson (via Facebook)
“Many, many thanks to all the TMW team for giving us such a wonderful new event. Along with my fellow Dappers we all loved it. A fabulous race in a perfect setting with faultless organisation and enthusiastic support from public and marshals. Way to go! See you again in June” – Haydn Dapper (via Facebook)
“Thank you to all the volunteers, planners and all round great bods! We (St Helen’s Striders) LOVED today! (Hmm may have to work on the love for the Sting though!!) See you next time!” – Victoria Kehoe (via Facebook)
“That was amazing, Matt & team – did you order the weather, what a fabulous way to showcase out beautiful country” – Claire Williams (via Facebook)
“What an awesome day!! Thank you for the organisation, which was cracking, the marshals, who were lovely, and the Hwyl, which was top notch. Great value and a lovely event, you even organised the weather. Karen particularly appreciated the cramp busting massage at the end – Diolch yn fawr iawn” – Ian Brandreth (via Facebook)
“I had the pleasure of marshaling at mile 7, just after the big downhill through the forest. Everyone was absolutely awesome, the runners really made me smile with their comments – mostly “wow, I want to do that again”. Awesome trails combined with a top organisation… World class” – Guy Mawson
“Thanks Matt and co! Was brilliant, as always!!!spring and autumn trail half to add to the others?! The musical van was great added burst of energy at that point! Great bonus goody bag with the number out the hat – massive thanks! See u in June” – Lucy Wasse (via Facebook)
“After doing the summer edition last June, this was a ‘why not’ decision. Again, it’s a big WOW. You guys epitomise why so many of us get hooked into and fall in love with endurance sport.” – Lee Kennedy (via Facebook)
Full results for the Buff Winter Trail Wales event can be found via the TDL Event Services site and this link. Entries to the 2016 event go live on 1st October, 2015, via the Buff Winter Trail Wales race page
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