Thanks Guys for your comments. Very interesting to read your thoughts and yes, disappointing about the Chester clash but it's such a busy calendar and we (despite the rumors) are very keen to build on the successes of Menter Mon and keep the Anglesey Marathon alive.
Just to clarify Terry's concerns, we in fact did not take over any 'franchise' from Menter Mon, Menter Mon handed the reins of the Anglesey Marathon to another local organisation who were forced to cancel the 2011 race because of a clash with the Commonwealth running championships! Subsequently, because of the massive success we have enjoyed in 2011 in organising 2 brand new events in North Wales,we were asked if we would take over the responsibility for the Anglesey Marathon. We were delighted at the prospect and being local people with many many years of experience in the sport of running form grass roots to World Championship success, we hope to build the Anglesey Marathon into an incredible and iconic race.
As 2012 will be our first year with the new format, and following extensive consultation with the local communities and members of the Welsh running community, it was decided that a half marathon would be the best option in year 1, with the addition of a half and full marathon being introduced in 2013.
However, not wanting to disappoint, for those of you still wanting to run a marathon on Anglesey in September 2011, we are organising the Anglesey Trail Marathon (and half and 10k trail) on Sunday 30th September in the stunning Newborough Forest. This is the legacy event that we have committed to following the amazing success of the recent Commonwealth trail running championships.
At the half marathon we will also be hosting a 5k fun run and free children's races in order to make the event as accessible and enjoyable as possible. We have made great efforts in securing the road closure which will make for an amazing and memorable run.
We expect the race to provide a very welcome boost to the local economy, we have a policy of employing local expertise wherever possible and to support numerous local charities through our hard work and dedication.
I hope that i have alleviated some of Terry's fears and put your mind at rest that the Anglesey Marathon will certainly not be killed off. We hope that you will able to show us some support for our efforts in bringing new, exciting and professional events to the North Wales sporting calendar. Please rest assured that making the decision to organise these events has taken a great deal of courage (not to mention the massive commitment and countless sleepless nights!).
We would welcome any positive and constructive feedback.
Tim Lloyd (a member of the Always Aim High Events organising team).
If anyone would like to join me, i'm leading a recce of the sun route for the sandman triathlon at 10am next sunday morning (28th Aug). There will be a guided recce of the 10k and 5k route and anyone is welcome, meet at the main car park in Newborough forest about 09.30.