12.07.2013

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World Championship trail running event pronounced an ‘outstanding success’

12 July 2013 – Following a festival of trail running which saw home success for Great Britain and Wales, the 4th IAU Trail World Championships in Llanrwst have closed with all parties declaring the event a huge success.

After months of preparation the spectacular location of Gwydyr Forest had been prepared for a programme of World Championship and open trail running races, including the inaugural Llanrwst Trail 10k, where runners of all abilities were invited to tackle a stunning 10km course of forest trails in conjunction with the main event.

There was to be home delight as Britain’s Ricky Lightfoot won the men’s individual race by almost 10 minutes, and in doing so led the GB and NI team to a superb team gold. In the female event France’s Nathalie Mauclair was equally impressive, as she demolished a world-class field and also headed-up team success for the France women.

Welsh Athletics and the Conwy Sport Development teams also looked to the future, as they facilitated a roster of free-to-enter junior events and family fun run.

Whilst the world’s best were out on the course taking part in the gruelling event, organisers ensured that supporters and families were entertained throughout the day with a free climbing wall, bouldering cubes, plus high ropes and mountain bike courses for those with energy to burn.

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08.07.2013

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4th IAU Trail World Championships – Race Report

Lightfoot and Mauclair triumph in Llanrwst sunshine

7 July 2013In sweltering conditions Great Britain and France dominated this weekend at the 4th IAU Trail World Championships in Llanrwst.

There was home delight as Britain’s Ricky Lightfoot won the men’s individual race by almost 10 minutes, and in doing so led the GB and NI team to a superb team gold. In the female event France’s Nathalie Mauclair was equally impressive, as she demolished a world-class field and also headed-up team success for the France women.

The day had started under cloudless, blue skies on the famous bridge in Llanrwst, North Wales, with over 120 athletes assembled, ready to take on the tough Gwydyr Forest terrain and temperatures that were to hit 27 degrees centigrade by the time the afternoon sun revealed all of its warmth. The ultra-trail running event entertained runners from 18 countries including Australia, USA, Great Britain, France and the Czech Republic all lining-up to tackle the challenging 77km route.

The pattern of the race was soon to become apparent as GB athlete Ricky Lightfoot, France’s Julien Rancon and German Florian Neuschwander led the runners out onto the first tree-lined climb and the first of five 15km loops, before finally heading back into Llanrwst.

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04.07.2013

Wales is ready for an international festival of trail running

4 July 2013 – This weekend (6 July) will see Llanrwst transformed into a sea of international colour as over 150 athletes from 18 countries descend onto the North Wales town for the World Trail Running Championships.

The ultra-trail running event entertains runners from countries including Australia, Great Britain, France and the Czech Republic, including local athlete Iain Ridgway who will be proudly donning a GB vest for the very first time as he lines-up with some of the world’s best to tackle the challenging 77km route.

After months of preparation the spectacular location of Gwydyr Forest has been prepared for a programme of World Championship and open trail running races, including the inaugural Llanrwst Trail 10k, where runners of all abilities will be invited to tackle a stunning 10km course of forest trails and mountain-heathland in conjunction with the main event.

The 10km event will also include an International match – seeing athletes from Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and Brittany going head-to-head on the Gwydyr Forest tracks.

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21.06.2013

Trail runners of all ability to rub shoulders with World’s best in Llanrwst

As the countdown to the 4th World Trail Running Championships in Llanrwst, North Wales on the 6th of July continues, details of an exciting Open 10km trail race have been announced by the Championships organisers.

The World Trail Running Championship ultra-trail running event will see over 120 International athletes from over 20 countries – including Australia, France and the Czech Republic – descend on Wales, ready to go into battle and cover a challenging and iconic 75km, in the Gwydyr Forest near Llanrwst.

In addition to the World Championship event, runners of all abilities will be invited to tackle a stunning 10km course of forest trails and mountain-heathland in conjunction with the main event. There will also be junior events running in tandem with the two events.

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07.06.2013

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World Trail Running Championships 2013 – Initial release

With just 80 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 4th World Trail Running Championships – which will be held in North Wales on the 6th of July – the countdown to the Championships has begun in earnest.

The event will see over 150 athletes from over 20 countries descend on Wales for a festival of trail running, with an international flavour.

The host venue of Llanrwst (Conwy) is deep in preparation to host the event in the spectacular north-west Wales location of Gwydyr Forest, which will extend a programme of World Championship and open trail running races.

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