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Snowdon SkyRace: Lamont, Darlington take top honours

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British duo Andrew Lamont and Anwen Darlington earned victory in the men’s and women’s races respectively at the 40km (25-mile) Skyrace Snowdon on Sunday.

The event, containing a brutal 3,150m (10,355ft) of elevation, takes runners through the famous Rhyd-Ddu path, Pen-y-Pass, Ogwen Valley and Pen-y-Gward before returning to Rhyd-Ddu, is not for the faint of heart.

Both race victors did so in style, crossing the finishing line with a healthy advantage over their nearest rivals on the day.

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In amongst the action

Jayson Cavill got in amongst the action to shoot some great footage of the lead runners approximately half way along the 25 mile route .

Lamont leads from the front

Lamont controlled the race from the early going, and opened up a healthy lead to his rivals. The Brit completed the grueling course in 5:52:26 almost ten minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Scotland’s Andy Bryce.

Bryce (6:03:57) was further four minutes, 43 seconds ahead of Oliver Mitchell (6:08:40) in third place. He pipped Luke Roberts (6:10:16) to the final spot on the podium. Robe Greenwood (6:18:49) completed the top five.

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Darlington dominates

In comparison to Lamont, Darlington truly demolished the women’s field, taking victory by almost 45 minutes from Robyn Cassidy.

Welshwomen Darlington (7:07:33) finished 13th overall in the race, crossing the finish line 44 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of Cassidy (7:51:56), with Alicia Schwarzenbacher (7:58:49) rounding out the podium.

Sophie Gibbens was next over the line in a time of 8:10:34, with Alexandra Ridge finishing fifth in a time of 8:20:20.

Brady, Sharp take Copper SkyTrail titles

Ireland’s Sarah Brady and Great Britain’s Brian Sharp [pictured above] took the plaudits in the 25km (15-mile) Copper SkyTrail.

Brady (3:44:25) beat Wales Catrin Meurig (3:55:37) and Poland’s Kamila Piotrowicz (4:14:56) to the finish line.

In the men’s race, Sharp led home compatriots Iwan Evans (3:15:23) and Paul Bowyer (3:17:54) in a time of three hours, seven minutes and 19 seconds.

2022 Snowdon Skyrace Results:

Men

  • 1. Andrew Lamont (GBR) – 5:52:26
  • 2. Andy Bryce (SCO) – 6:03:57
  • 3. Oliver Mitchell (GBR) – 6:08:40
  • 4. Luke Roberts (GBR) – 6:10:16
  • 5. Rob Greenwood (GBR) – 6:18:49

Women

  • 1. Anwen Darlington (WAL) – 7:07:33
  • 2. Robyn Cassidy (GBR) – 7:51:56
  • 3. Alicia Schwarzenbach (GBR) – 7:58:49
  • 4. Alexandra Ridge (GBR) – 8:10:34
  • 5. Sophie Gibbens (GBR) – 8:20:20

*Nationality as denoted on tracker.

Stuart Dick
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Stuart Dick
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Sunderland with a masters' degree in Sports Journalism. He spends a lot of his time running and cycling around West Yorkshire, England.

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