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Trail 10K Wales 2019 – Race Report

A record entry of 300 runners saw the 2019 Trail 10k Wales continue what has been a memorable year at Run Coed y Brenin for the fourth running of this popular race. Jamie Evans and Rachel Parker took the wins, with Parker also smashing the course record.

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Jamie Evans  ©Sport Pictures Cymru

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Rachel Parker crosses the line ©Sport Pictures Cymru

The race is advertised as an ‘achievable and runnable’ trail event, with enough to challenge a seasoned racer whilst remaining a perfect introductory trail race, and with many first-timers at Coed y Brenin the race has become a great feeder event for those looking to step off the road and onto the trails!

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The race was the fifth 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.

After recently returning to the area from Japan men’s winner Jamie Evans took the race to the opposition from the outset, maintaining his strong form throughout to take the win in 39 minutes 45 seconds.

Speaking after his win he stated:

“I haven’t really had a chance to run on the trails in the last few months as most of my running is on the roads, but it’s great to be back home and running off-load again, especially in Coed y Brenin!

Behind Evans Menai runner Steffan Sayer was chasing hard, but wasn’t able to catch Evans as they raced up the final mile, which has a reputation of sapping the energy as it climbs back to the Coed y Brenin visitor centre. Youngster Ross Welsh made it onto the podium with a great run for third, just ahead of 4th place man Mike Pfeiffer, with Meirionnydd runner Gethin Davies rounding off the top 5.

After a great win at the Buff Winter Trail Wales earlier in the year, Rachel Parker returned to the Coed y Brenin trails after a season of fell running and triathlon. Her win in the women’s race was a demonstration in trail running, as she powered to the win in 44 minutes 01 second, smashing the course record in the process. Behind there was a brilliant run for second by the ever-improving Briony Evans, sister of race winner Jamie, with Prestatyn runner Jenna Bagnall completing the podium in third. Young Eryri runner Lleucu Lane took an excellent 4th with Christine Cammillare in 5th

Rachel commented:

“I love it here, such friendly races and the trails are stunning. I’ve had a few issues on the rougher mountains this year with my ankles, so the fact that events like this one are not too technical, but still maintain the enjoyable off road aspect is great!”

The Trail 10K Wales event was also notable in providing pacer runners at the event. The 60 and 80-minute pacers were experienced Coed y Brenin runners Richard Walker and Jude Evans, with both helping participants achieve their time-goals on the day.

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 six 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, post-race.


Champions! Jamie Evans and Rachel Parker with their winner’s trophies ©Sport Pictures Cymru

Trail 10k Wales Top 3 results:

1st Jamie Evans 39:47
2nd Steffan Sayer 40:30
3rd Ross Welsh 41:12

1st Rachel Parker 44:01
2nd Biony Evans 49:49
3rd Jenna Bagnell 50:35

Continuing the theme of Run Coed y Brenin organised events. feedback from all competitors was overwhelmingly positive – comments to the Facebook and Twitter pages included:

“Awesome event as ever..pace runners Richard and Jude were incredible as ever with their encouragement and good humour…its my must run event so will return next year and if my injury is sorted I will be doing the Buff Winter Trail Hm, another awesome event at CYB.” – Dale Earp

“Thanks to all who helped and volunteered..underestimated it massively and that just means I’ll have to have a proper go at it next year…stunning route and venue..diolch!” – Adam Williams

“Amazing event thank you Matt for organising and all the encouraging Marshall’s ! I finally own a Coedy medal ” – Moto Farrwaschidley

Race results are online via TDL Event Services, with images available at Sport Pictures Cymru

The 2020 Trail 10K Wales race will take place on Sunday 6th of September, with entries going live on 1st February 2020 via the race website.

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