Over 2500 runners took part in the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon and 10k at the weekend, making it the biggest event to date.
The race, which is organised by Always Aim High Events, is now in its eighth year and the number of runners has grown year on year. It’s estimated that the event brings an economic boost of approximately £1m to the area of Anglesey and Menai Bridge over the weekend. It also encourages the next generation of athletes in the Rib Ride Dragon’s Dash junior races.
Obviously the weather threw up some pretty interesting conditions at the weekend, which apparently made setting up quite wet and windy, but amazingly the wind dropped for the race itself (though the rain remained!).
The half marathon was the first to go with more than 1700 athletes gathered at the start line ready for the off. The women’s race was won by Ali Lavender of Oswestry Olympians with a time of 01:21:56. Alaina Beacall came in second in 01:26:28 closely followed by North Wales Road Runner Gemma Moore with 01:27:21.
A closely fought men’s race was won by Gwyn Owen with a time of 01:13:46, just edging out Simon Cole in second place by 8 seconds! Gary Wyn Davies finished third with a time of 01:15:52.
The Jones Crisps Anglesey 10k saw over 600 compete and featured much of the same coastal route as the half. Taking the honours in the women’s race was Katie Reynolds of Bangor University Athletics Club in a time of 00:38:36. Gwion Roberts took first place in the men’s race in 00:32:24.
Jones Crisps awarded a prize to the fastest male and female runners named ‘Jones’. A special cash prize of £100.00 each. The worthy recipients were Ben Jones of Steel City Striders (01:17:28) and Zoe Jones (01:33:05).
Completing the race action for 2019 was the Rib Ride Dragon’s Dash. Open to young people between the ages of five and fifteen, the race is jointly organised between Always Aim High and Anglesey County Council and sees runners set off from Menai Suspension Bridge and complete a one mile route through the town to the finish line. With over 200 children taking part in this year’s race it is growing year on year. The future of running in North Wales is definitely bright.
Tim Lloyd, Director of Always Aim High Events, the race organiser said:
“We always look forward to the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon & 10k, it’s a great way to kick off our season. The reaction we get from our participants is one of the highlights of our year. The promise of bad weather and rain didn’t dampen any of our runners’ spirits and it really is incredible to see the look of achievement on their faces when they cross the line. We’re immensely proud that we can give a platform to runners raising money for all sorts of different worthy causes too. We’d like to thank all of the race partners, in particular the headline sponsor – Jones Crisps, and Anglesey County Council for their continued support. As well as all of the local communities that turned out in their hundreds to support the runners around the course. Lastly, we’d like to our amazing marshals and volunteers, without whom the race just wouldn’t be possible”.
Full race timings for the 2019 Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon & 10k can be found at tdleventservices.co.uk.
Entries for the 2020 Anglesey Half Marathon are now open! You can enter HERE.
For more information on 2019’s race, visit alwaysaimhighevents.com.