Sunday, 25 October 2015

Snowdonia Marathon


A month after clocking 2-15 on the fast course of the Berlin Marathon Kent athlete John Gilbert proved he  could cope just as easily with the hills when he set a new record in the Snowdonia Marathon.

 He made his intentions clear from the off,  holding a 30-second lead over Welshman Michael Kallenberg (Cardiff) at the top of Pen y Pass.

 Despite the heavy rain the Kent man never eased up, and went on to win in 2-33.38, just over two minutes inside Rob Samuel's 2012 record. Kallenberg finished strongly for second and fellow Welsh international Phil Matthews (Swansea) was third.

 Gwyn Owen (Eryri), who was sixth two years, was fourth this time and about four minutes faster.

 It was a similar story in the women's race, with Tracy McCartney (Nene Valley) in front all the way. By the 23-mile mark above Waunfawr she was three minutes clear of challenger Joanne Nelson. The Darwen Dasher lived up to her club's name by putting in a determined finish, closing the gap to just 54 seconds at the finish. McCartney's time was 3-08.44 with Nelson on 3-09.38.

 The 2014 Welsh  champion Andrew Rowlands (Eryri) shrugged off her injury problems to finish well in 3-16.48 for third place.

  Several North Walians or regular competitors in the area were among the prizewinners including:- M40: 1 Martin Green (NWRR) 2-48.39, 3 Rob Grantham (Chester Tri) 2-56.25. M45: 1 John Ford (NWRR) 2-54.21, 3 Paul Jones (Oswestry) 2-56.04. M75: Dave Gardner (NWRR) 4-14.01. L50: 1 Catherine Hewitt (Wrexham) 3-09.56. L70: 1 Mar jorie Griffiths (Bro Dysynni) 5-57.44.

 Full results are on the TDL Events website.

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