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‘Electric’ Night Trail rounds off 2017

The third edition of the Petzl Night Trail Wales on Saturday proved to be one of the best yet, as almost 300 trail runners enjoyed the Coed y Brenin trails, under grey skies and some light rain. The enduro-style solo and team event was the final race offering in 2017 from the Run Coed y Brenin Events team, and rounds off another record-breaking year of trail running events.

As ever the atmosphere at the 3-hour race was electric, as the team and solo participants wound their way around the 3km loop.

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The quest to complete as many laps as possible in 3 hours delighted the runners and spectators alike as the visitor centres were transformed into an amphitheatre of colours, lights and music.

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The racing up-front was fast from the start with first-off runner Paul Jones leading his Meibion Glyndwr team to another commanding win, as along with Ifan Richards and Jason Jones the Welsh raiders completed 13 laps. Paul’s time of 12 mins 42 second was also the fastest time by any runner on the night for one lap.

TNH Wyddfa from the Eryri club (Dyfed Thomas, Sam Orton, Shaun Davies) were a close second with academi Coed y Brenin finishing a terrific third.

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The overall team podium at the Petzl Night Trail Wales 2017 ©Sport Pictures Cymru

In the women’s race Eryri Harriers’ crack team from the TNF Eilio comprising Jennifer Charlton, Nia Albiston and Helen Morgan ran away with the honours, completing an excellent 10 laps.

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TNH Eilio, women’s team champions ©Sport Pictures Cymru

The ‘runnable’ 3km lap was deliberately made “not too technical” by race organiser Matt Ward, with enough elevation to sort out the runners. Starting at 6pm meant that the race started in the dusk of an Autumn Saturday evening, and ended in full darkness.

Results were determined by those runners who completed the most number of laps in 3 hours, whether a 3-person team or solo competitor, and spectators were kept up to date with race commentary and leader board style updates for the leaders.

One of the performances of the night came in the mixed race as the junior squad from the academi Coed y Brenin won the category and finished an amazing 3rd overall. The team of Lleucu Lane, Gethin Davies and Luke Simmonds completed 10 laps.

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The academi Coedy Brenin squad ©Sport Pictures Cymru

In the solo event there was a clear win from South Wales ultra-runner Mike Pfeiffer (Likeys) as he completed 12 laps and also took the honours for the fastest solo lap of the night (13:47). Evan Davis (12 laps) was a strong second with Menai Track and Field runner Shane Williams (11 laps) completing the top three.

In the women’s race local runner Katie Cole (no-mad running) was locked in a big battle with Anneliese Loveluck who had finished 3rd in 2016. For the first 7 laps of the event it was Loveluck who led the way, however Cole’s ultra running strength told as they entered the last hour of the race as she passed Loveluck to take a brilliant win and complete 10 laps. Loveluck finished strongly to take second with Conliffe runner Jean Carr taking the final podium spot with 9 laps.

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Katie Cole crosses the line ©Sport Pictures Cymru

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Katie Cole (left) with Mike Pffiefer – Night Trail champions 2017 ©Sport Pictures Cymru

Full race results can be viewed via this link, with race images by Sport Pictures Cymru here

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Petzl Night Trail Wales event organiser Matt Ward concluded:

“The event has grown again in 2017 we have fine-tuned a few bits from last year, especially the transition area which worked really smoothly this year. We are at the limit now of 80 teams and 60 solos really and I expect that it will sell-out once again in 2018 if the feedback we have had is anything to go by.

“The standard has also risen in terms of racing this year with some top quality runners taking part in the team and solo events. 

“I’d like to thank all of our sponsors and the Natural Resources Wales staff here at Coed y Brenin, who once again made the runners feel very welcome at this wonderful facility.”

The 2018 Petzl Night Trail Wales event date will be released in the coming months, with entries going live on March the 1st, 2018.

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