This St. David’s Day will be remembered not just for daffodils and parades but also for hosting the biggest edition to date of the Jones o Gymru Anglesey Half Marathon – supported by Chain Reaction Cycles.
This Sunday (1st March) saw over 2000 runners and 6000 spectators descended upon Menai Suspension Bridge to take part in what is commonly known as ‘the most beautiful half marathon in the UK’. The Anglesey Half, which was organised by North Wales sports event specialists Always Aim High Events, will be remembered for the high standard of racing, the high levels of support and the fun friendly atmosphere. The feedback immediately after the race was incredibly positive. Comments such as this from Angela Jones on Facebook were very common amongst both participants and supporters in the aftermath of the race. “Well done Always Aim High Events you didn’t disappoint. As usual – excellent organization, great marshals, support and a stunning route!” On the racing front, the main headline of the day was the fact that Welsh athlete, Alun Vaughan, was running the race to help him qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth games. This performance has certainly done his chances no harm with a fine win in an impressive time of 1:11:21. Vaughan who runs for Eryri Harriers was joined on the podium by fellow clubmates Richard Roberts (second – 1:11:49) and Russell Bentley (third – 1:13:06).
In the women’s discipline the race was won by Lauren Jeska who achieved an unbeaten time of 1:22:58. Lauren finished over a minute ahead of second placed Hannah Oldroyd (1:24:22) while Jenny Clague finished third with a time of 1:25:09.
The other big success of the day was the high number of children who took place in the junior races. Over 300 local children took part in the Anglesey Half Marathon Dragon’s Dash, which was organised by Anglesey County Council’s Sports Development Unit and sponsored by Always Aim High Events. For the first time ever the children’s races were chip-timed meaning all juniors got an official time. This was made possible by the generosity of TDL Event Services. The children were given a medal to reward them for their hard work.
Event planner and Always Aim High Events Director, Nigel Kendrick, was delighted with the days racing and was thrilled by how many children took part. “We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Menai Bridge – the level of support has been amazing (the crowds were 4 deep in places!) and the racing has been superb. The feedback from the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive – the amount of people who have told me this is the most beautiful half marathon they have ever run has been unbelievable!
Not only that but the number of children who have taken part is absolutely incredible. It just shows how important grass root sport is and we always welcome any opportunity to promote it. These children could well be the Olympic stars of the future so it’s great to be able to give them an opportunity to perform in front of a large, cheering, supportive crowd.
We would like to say thank you to our headline sponsor Jones o Gymru, our official retailer – Chain Reaction Cycles, and our other partners Superfeet, High5 Sports Nutrition, Zoot, and Anglesey County Council for their fantastic support during the organisation of this event.”
For full results (both senior and junior) please visit the TDL website. For event pictures please visit the website of Mel Parry Event Photography and Sports Pictures Cymru. If you want to get your own taste of the Anglesey Half Marathon then make sure you sign up for the 2016 edition. Online registration for the 2016 Anglesey Half Marathon opens on Friday 1st May 2015 at 12pm. The 2016 race will take place on Sunday 6th March. More information can be found here: Anglesey Half Marathon.