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Runners light up the night at Coed y Brenin

The inaugural Petzl Night Trail Wales race at Coed y Brenin this weekend saw almost 200 runners from across Wales and England take part in an endurance race over a challenging 3km route, in the quest to complete as many laps as possible in 3 hours.

The format, which was open to solo and team competitors, proved a massive hit and favourable dry autumn weather meant for a highly charged atmosphere which delighted the runners and spectators alike as the visitor centres were transformed into an amphitheatre of colours, lights and music.

Solo runner Andrew Ellis commented:

“For me the race was amazing. It was a brilliant night and the laps were just the right length so it wasn’t too long before you were back at the centre and getting some much needed energy from the crowd”.

Team runner June Jones, from one of the many traveling clubs Maldwyn Harriers, added:

“Thank you and what a fantastic night we had! We brought 12 teams from Maldwyn and will be coming back again next year for sure.”

Described as a ‘runnable route’ the 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.

The whole evening was pervaded with a real party atmosphere, with a DJ, bar by local brewery Purple Moose, hot food and a race arena lit up with floodlights and lasers. Head torches were a mandatory piece of kit too, meaning a sea of lights wound their way through the trails throughout the evening.

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.

The spoils went to Welsh international Paul Wathan in the men’s race, with Eryri Harrier Lizzie Irvine a clear winner in the ladies race. Team winners on the night were Old Skool MTB in the mens race, Denbigh Harriers in the ladies race and local club Meirionnydd taking the mixed category.

Full race results can be viewed via this link

After such a successful event Matt Ward concluded:

“We will definitely be back for 2016. The feedback and positive support from the runners has been superb and we are already planning for next year!”

The 2016 Petzl Night Trail Wales event will take place on Saturday the 8th of October, with entries going live on March the 1st.

 

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