After a busy few months, August is a relatively quiet month for racing, but there’s still a good mixture of events in the area, from super quick road races, to long runs in the hills.
The first local race is a tough 10 miler, the Maesgwm Muddle, on Saturday the 12th. This is a longer version of the Moel Eilio Race, and in reverse. It is a British Champs race so is sure to feature some very good local runners as well as those from further afield. Next up on the 19th of August at Towyn, is the 34th running of the classic Race the Train, a 14 mile cross country race against the Talyllyn train. In addition to the main race, there are three other shorter distances to choose from, and the atmosphere in Towyn takes on a festival feel as hundreds of runners descend on the South Gwynedd seaside town.
One of my favourite races of the summer is back on the 23rd after a year off, and I’d recommend everyone give the community organised Ras Y Mynydd a go. Starting from the Mynydd Llandygai Community Centre, the race circles Moel Y Ci over an undulating 4.5 miles on a mixture of trail and road. Afterwards there’s the opportunity to grab a cup of tea and a cake in the Community Centre. What more could you want from a race!?
Unfortunately on the same day as Ras Y Mynydd, there’s a clash with what looks like being one of the month’s most popular events – the Plas Menai / Caernarfon 5k, a super quick dash along the flat cycle track on the banks of the Menai. A great race for PB chasers, there will no doubt be a good turnout from Cybi Striders at this one, but be careful you don’t miss out, as it’s sure to sell out quickly!
Training wise, this month the Club will be in Menai Bridge on the 2nd, Llangefni on the 9th, Bryngwran on the 16th, Holyhead on the 23rd and back to Menai on the 30th. All at 7:00pm. As usual, the Club Speed / Tempo session will be on every Monday at 6:30pm, save for the 28th which is a Bank Holiday.