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Young runners flock to academi Coed y Brenin

This weekend saw the first-ever session of the brand new academi Coed y Brenin, the all-new running club for under 16’s in the locality of the iconic Welsh forest, and with almost 30 youngsters from across the age ranges of 8 to 16 attending, the first session was an overwhelming success.

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Saturday’s first event was held in rainy conditions, but this did little to deter the youngsters’ enthusiasm who had journeyed from as far as Caernarfon and Aberystwyth to be apart of the trail running movement for youngsters in the area.

The academi is an initiative that has the development of the next generation of trail runners as its guiding principle. It’s open to runners between 8 and 16 years of age and will aim to recognise and nurture budding trail runners in the north Wales and Snowdonia region.

The academi leaders – who on the day included Welsh international runners Ifan Richards and Sian Williams, Coed y Brenin running regulars Jude Evans, Sandra Williams and Katie Cole, Cerist triathlon coach Gary Thapa, and Run . Coed y Brenin events team members Matt Ward and Es Richards – got the young runners taking part in warm-up drills, 1km loops and a 5km trail run.

academi Coed y Brenin co-ordinator Matt Ward explained:

“We had a fantastic morning. We’re really grateful to all of the parents and supporters who came over to support the day – the youngsters had a great time. Pillars of the academi are those of respect, effort and fun, and every one of the kids there on Saturday had plenty of that!”

“We’re really grateful to the group leaders too, who are all experienced trail runners, and in many cases parents themselves. They were great in the way that they helped the kids throughout the morning and they will be passing on tips on how to become better runners over the coming weeks and months.”

With over 50km of running trails, some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK, a wonderful kids play park and miles of footpaths to walk the dog, parents will also be able to keep themselves busy whilst the kids are out enjoying themselves.

Saturday morning sessions are free, however by joining the academi for an annual fee of £12 runners receive an academi t-shirt and invites to additional sessions and running activities throughout the year.

For future sessions simply arrive at the Run. Coed y Brenin shop at 10.30am each Saturday or to register your interest and to receive further information on how you and your child can get involved in academi Coedy Brenin contact matt@runcoedybrenin.com

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