Great Britain run to victory along with France as they compete in the Ultra-trail world championships in Llanrwst.
North Wales’ own Iain Ridgway came 4th in the 77km world championship following fellow Brit Ricky Lightfoot who came first in the 77km event by nearly an entire 10 minutes. The 10k event however involved a battle of speed between welsh teammates Andy Davies of Maldwyn Harriers and Eyri’s Rob Samuel, who took each other, with Davies snatching victory from Samuel with just 2 seconds to spare. Another Welshman, Alun Vaughan came 3rd, resulting in Wales getting all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, easily thrashing any rival countries.
The day broke upon a cloudless sky, with over 120 runners arriving at Llanwrst Bridge ready for the International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) world trail championships, along with another 130 for the 10km open event.
The World Championship event brought athletes from far and wide, including those from the US, Australia, Czech Republic and France, however Lightfoot who reigned supreme in the staggering time of 5 hours, 36 minutes, 3 seconds.
Woman’s championship was taken away by the French Nathalie Mauclair who performed to an outstanding level delivering the trophy to France.
There were also Free Junior events and a family fun run to get everyone involved.
The event was a massive success, once again cementing Wales’s fame for facilitating a fantastic setting for international outdoor sporting events.
Snowdonia hosts many world famous running events, such as Eyri Etapi, Snowdon Race, Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon and many more! If you are a running enthusiast, don’t miss out on the next event as North Wales offers an environment unseen by most places in the world.
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