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Solid Goldrush as the sun shines on trail racers

The 2016 Goldrush Trail race at Coed y Brenin produced some sparkling performances yesterday, in spring sunshine and almost perfect underfoot conditions.

After 10 days without rain (and after a winter of deluge) the trails were dry and responsive  and with 150 trail runners and 50 canicross competitors lining up to face the 8.5 mile route, record times were definitely on the cards as the early pace was fast and furious.

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So it proved, as local runners Ifan Richards and Suzanne Broadhurst romped to course records of 57:31 and 66:06 respectively in the men’s and women’s races. Both were full of praise for the event, with Richards stating after his win:

“I’m delighted with that. This really is a tough race. Any 8.5 mile race in the beauty of Coed y Brenin will be hard, but it’s testimony to the event organisers that this is a real test and features some of the best single track ascents and descents in the UK for sure.

“Personally it couldn’t have gone any better. I held back a little early on, then got into it around 2 miles and just kept it steady until the long descent at mile 5. From then on I just held my form and it turned out okay!”

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Ifan Richards takes the win and a new course record

Suzanne commented:

“Absolutely loved the Goldrush again this year and I am ecstatic to win! It was all down to my ascent and descent which has been greatly improved by Run.CyB night runs and all the runners at Run.CyB. Thanks guys you’re awesome!”

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Suzanne Broadhurst breaks the tape…

The event had tripled in size from the 2015 edition, and with the local Mawddach Rotary Club of Dolgellau benefitting this year to the tune of £600, the race exuded a community feel. The Rotary Club also supplied the marshals around the race route and staff at the registration and finish line.

The event was also supported by another beneficiary, the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team, who offered medical support and emergency coverage out on the route. The Team provide support to all five Run. Coed y Brenin events throughout the year.

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European Canicross Champion Kim Mazzucca added some elite quality to the Canicross race which started out 30 minutes after the trail runners. Along with her two dogs the Forest of Dean runner was good enough to beat the whole of the field to take the overall victory and once again course record for the event. Her time of 57:53 was a full 3 minutes inside the course record from 2015. David Gilbert won the men’s event in a sparkling 61:04, also inside the best time from 2015, finishing second overall.

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Kim Mazzucca is all smiles at the 2016 Goldrush

The feedback from all competitors was positive, comments to the Facebook and Twitter pages included:

“Thank you so much for allowing the Canicrossers to run again today and making us so welcome. As always, people who haven’t run the trails at CyB were well impressed :-)”Claire Williams

“Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. My husband and I had an excellent day. Looking forward to the TMW half marathon in a couple of months.”Louisa Crossley

“Absolutely cracking day out at Coed Y Brenin for the Goldrush Trail race with some of the RUNSTRONG pack this afternoon. Massive thanks to Matt Ward and the team for putting on a great race!”Gary House

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“Another awesome day, thanks to the crew for making it happen! Superb organisation, one of my favourite trails anywhere (with the exception of that last mile!!) and glorious weather!”Karen Kemish

Full Trail Race and Canicross results are now online via TDL Event Services, with images available at Sport Pictures Cymru and Dan Wyre Photography.

The 2017 Goldrush Trail race will take place on Saturday the 22nd of April, with entries going live on December 1st, 2016 via the race website.

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