John Bach

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Bring Back races

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:04

Sorry Adrian, but I'd suggest you have a look at the historic RW events pages - there are bound to be forums re the race, which would, I'm sure, give you more details re the event and what RW forumites thought of the race. I have a feeling that the race 1st started in the mid 2000's (2004?) and I'm fairly sure the last one was in 2010. Anglesey now has a few other races now including the brutal Coastal marathon and the Ring of Fire (mainly) off road events (as well as the half previously mentioned)

Bring Back races

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:25

Having liaised with someone from the local club, it was organised by Mentor Mon. I understand that it cost quite a lot to put on the event (the hire of the show ground and Colin Jackson's appearance fee [£5k!?] being a fair share I'm sure). I do recall thinking the race to be an absolute bargain, but at the same time I thought it deserved to be supported by more runners - I think the year I did it it was the British Masters marathon champs and I thought the number of runners who took part was a bit disappointing. I guess in times of the recession and council cutbacks this event (which must have been loss making) was one of the 1st to be culled!?

Bring Back races

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:00

The Anglesey event also had a 10k and half event on the day (re the half, I seem to recall the entrants were bussed out to the half way point of the full course). I remember it being relatively cheap to enter and getting a nice tech t-shirt plus home made stew afterwards. The organisation the year I did it (2008) was excellent. I think the event was under the umbrella of the Anglesey Festival of Running

Bring Back races

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 09:36

Agree re the Anglesey Marathon - a real toughie - used to be well organised and had Colin Jackson each year at the presentation. I understand it stopped due to money issues

Also in North Wales, there was the Great Orme challenge race (run by the local branch of the British Lions) - it started off as a 5k (finishing at the top of the Great Orme - must have been one of the toughest road 5k's in the UK), then latterly became a 15k - last held I think in 2012. The Llandudno 10 miler was a very popular race which came back on the race calendar about 3 years ago, but I understand that issues with traffic management and costs meant it wasn't held in 2013.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:54

Sorry Chrissi I should have said da iawn/well done for toughening it out!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:42

Sorry Chrissi, but I think you posted something on the Snowdonia Half marathon thread instead of this one!

Snowdonia half marathon on Sunday - brutal race, with 2 tough climbs and over 2,000feet of climbing. I heard a rumour that this race may be moved to later on in the year next year - targeting runners who will be doing the Snowdonia marathon.


Snowdonia Half Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:43

Yep MCF we sure got water, although the nice drizzle and the wind kept me cool!! I have run up by Llyn Geirionydd many times over the years, but I have never experienced such a head wind!!


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Snowdonia Half Marathon 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 10:16

That's poor that MCF, but doesn't surprise me given the council - I'm not sure it would be the race organisers fault. There were plenty of showers at the football club by the finish, but if you had all your towels, shower gel etc back at the car that would have been no good to you!?

The start area wasn't the best, but I had to feel sorry for the organisers for that one! Also the gazebo/tent which was to be used for the baggage storage was, from what I could see, destroyed by the weather.

I'm not sure if chip timing would have made a difference at the finish, although I guess it would make a difference to the price of the race.

Nice, as a Llanrwst resident, to hear the positive comments re the race


Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 09:41

brer/jd - hope you get rid of the man flu very soon.

Barcelona report?? Great marathon - 1st overseas one for me (Anglesey probably doesn't count!?) - great weekend with a nice group from my running club. Lovely city, which you saw during the marathon - nice course (albeit a bit twisty) - support was brilliant and the finish in the Plaza de Espana was stunning! A bit too warm for me (mid to high 20's), but I think we were a bit unlucky with it - although it was nice to sit out in after the race. Would definitely recommend!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 11:51

Just a shout out for the Snowdonia half marathon, which starts/finishes in Llanrwst this Sunday - great Snowdonia marathon training - perhaps the toughest (and most scenic) road half marathon, with almost 2000feet of climbing.


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