Salomon Trail Marathon Wales to host the opening round of the inaugural GOLDEN TRAIL NATIONAL SERIES UK 2020
Now in it’s 9th year the Salomon Trail Marathon Wales race at Coed y Brenin has hosted almost 8,000 runners across the full and half marathon races in that time, and 2020 will see the race host opening round of the inaugural Golden Trail National Series in the UK.
For the first time, the UK is among several other countries offering this innovative competition format. The series will host four races across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Golden Trail National Series (a derivative of the Golden Trail World Series), aims to bring the strongest and most ambitious runners of off-road racing into a single national ‘super circuit’. Through its original formula, the Golden Trail National Series gives participants the opportunity to confront themselves at a ‘local’ level with many of the national and international athletes of trail running and skyrunnning, with the 10 strongest to be offered a place at the GTNS UK final for a chance to then be invited to participate in the Grand Finale (Azores Islands) of the European GTNS.
The countries who are also hosting their own GTNS for the 2020 season are France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, and the UK.
The 4 races in the series of the Golden Trail National Series UK in 2020 consist of:
- Trail Marathon Wales – 20 June (42km, 1,150m +)
- The Serpent Trail – 11 July (50km, 700m +)
- Scafell Pike Marathon – 16 August (43km, 1800m +)
- The GTNS UK Final will be on 19 September 2020 The Ring of Steall (29km, 2382m +)
Athletes will need to compete in at least 2 of the 3 qualifying events and the final to be able to gain their series points total with the top 10 men and women receiving an invite to the UK Final. The champions of the Golden Trail National Series UK 2020 will be those who have achieved the highest scores with their best 2 results, plus the final – Ring of Steall.
An exciting development this year for the Golden Trail National Series 2020 will be that the top 3 men and women of the GTNS UK general classification will receive their ticket for the GTNS Grand Finale: Azores Trail Run, the volcano trail, on November 1st 2020, including travel and accommodation. The top 3 from this race will then be invited to compete on the world stage in the Golden Trail World Series in 2021.
Andrea Rowlands wins the 2019 Salomon Trail Marathon Wales ©Sport Pictures Cymru
Race director Matt Ward comments:
“This is such exciting news for the us! We’ve worked hard over the last eight and a half years to provide what many consider Wales’ foremost forest trail marathon event. We have runners from across the globe who travel to the event each year and we’re hoping that with the Golden Trail National Series coming to Wales we’ll be able to raise the profile of the event and the stunning Coed y Brenin location still further.”
Follow the UK series via the Golden Trail Series website and on social media using the hashtags: #GTNS #GTNSUK
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