Trail 10k brings new runners to Coed y Brenin
After a few days of good Welsh rain the trails at Coed y Brenin were in perfect condition as over 200 runners embarked on the inaugural Compressport Trail 10K Wales on Sunday.
The race was the fourth in this year’s series of events at Run. Coed y Brenin, adding to the established trail events at this fast-growing trail running centre in the heart of the 9,500 acres of this majestic North Wales forest.
The Trail 10K was advertised as an ‘achievable and runnable’ trail event, with enough to challenge a seasoned racer whilst remaining a perfect introductory race for those runners still gaining experience on the trails. So it proved, as almost 25% of participants were first-time runners at Coed y Brenin, with many also embarking on their first ever trail race.
Race winner and Compressport UK athlete Jim McConnel made the 200-mile round trip worthwhile as he sprinted to the win, stating:
“That was pretty brutal for a 10K and was probably the perfect event in achieving that balance of runnable, but still challenging.
“I’m really pleased to win this one and coming to Wales to this great centre, running a trail race, in such fantastic surroundings, is just a great day out!”
Jim McConnel takes the win
The race had been a battle between McConnel, the British Cross Duathlon Champion, and local fast-man Aled Hughes of Aberystwyth AC, with McConnel just coming out on top by 20 seconds in a fast 38.49. Swansea athlete Thomas Barr claimed third with all three men dipping under 40-minutes for this challenging 10km route.
In the women’s event familiar Run. Coed y Brenin runner Suzanne Broadhurst once again continued her great year by taking the win. Following on from her victories at the Goldrush and Enduro Trail events Suzanne romped to a comfortable win in 45.05, finishing 13th overall.
Second place went to Carla-Jayne Lunt (48.20) with Edinburgh University runner Fay Walsh (48.31) in third.
Race winners Suzanne Boardhurst and Jim McConnel
The Trail 10K Wales event was also notable in providing three pacer runners at the event. The 60, 70 and 80-minute pacers were experienced Coed y Brenin runners Richard Walker, Aled Lloyd and Jude Evans and all three helped participants achieve their time-goals on the day.
Immediately after the race Andy Chatterton of headline sponsors Compressport added:
“We are really happy with how the event went today. Matt and the team at Run. Coed y Brenin are renowned for putting on great trail running events, and Compressport feel that this race is a good fit for the brand in the UK. The reaction from runners today too was really positive.”
Once again the community surrounding Coed y Brenin were instrumental in helping make the event happen with local village community council Cyngor Cymuned Ganllwyd supplying marshals around the race route and staff at the feed station.
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 local mountain rescue team provides support to all five Run. Coed y Brenin events throughout the year.
Coed y Brenin Forest Park estate is managed by Natural Resources Wales and once again proved the perfect hosting venue for the event with participants staying on to enjoy the cafe facilities on site, whilst kicking back to take in the warm September afternoon sunshine, post-race.
The feedback from all competitors was overwhelmingly positive, comments to the Facebook and Twitter pages included:
“Drove 2hrs 40 mins to get to the race and it was worth it! Amazing, well organised run. Special thanks to the 60 min marker man who got me through it and I beat the hour mark! Can’t wait for next year!!!!” – Luke Baines
“Another great event, how it should be done – well marked course, well marshalled, nice quality medal and results by text before I’d even left the venue.” – Mat Fenwick
“Loved it, superb route and the 60min pacer was superb. Well worth the drive even if it was a 4 hour round trip!” – Dave Davies
“Man, that was so, so hard but so good too! Diolch Matt and all the amazing people who make it happen and run smoothly on the day. What a professional set up, so impressed!” – Jan Baylis
The 2017 Compressport Trail 10K Wales race will take place on Sunday the 3rd of September, with entries going live on February 1st, 2017 via the race website.
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