MORE than 400 runners took part in the 2017 Round the Lakes 20-mile race at Rhayader last Saturday.
Welsh rugby International Dan Lydiate officially started this year’s race, accompanied by the race director Chris Martin.
The event, which is among the most popular of its kind, passing through some picturesque countryside, was started in 1984 and has always been a popular event attracting runners from all over the country.
As well as the 20-mile around the lakes, there were also other distance races during the day starting with a children’s race in the morning and a five-mile race later in the day.
First male in the 20-mile race was Ian Williams of Tipton Harriers, in one hour, 57 minutes, 13 seconds.
Second was Gary Wyn Davies of Aberystwyth AC, in two hours, one minute, 36 seconds; and third was Andrew Tuckey of Bridgend AC in two hours, one minute, 41 seconds.
First female was Emily Lagomarsino of San Domenico RRC in two hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds.
Second was Amie Williams of Tipton Harriers, in two hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds; and third was Louise Collins of Stourbridge RC, in two hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds.
Ian won the five-mile race last year and won the 20-mile race this year. He is preparing to run the Manchester Marathon in April and he is hoping to beat his marathon personal best of two hours, and 24 minutes.
In the five-mile race the first three men were: Roger Farrington (Maldwyn Harriers) in 28 minutes and 47 seconds; Tom Chandy in 29 minutes and 58 seconds; and Roy Hughes (Moseley Hill AC) in 30 minutes and 42 seconds.
The first three ladies were: Emma Matthews (Builth AC) in 34 minutes; Jenny Evans (Maldwyn Harriers) in 34 minutes and 12 seconds; and Sarah Sherratt (Wesham RR) in 35 minutes and nine seconds.
There was a good turnout, especially given the weather forecast for the afternoon of the race. There were over 400 runners in the 20-mile race and 95 in the five-mile race.
Race director Chris Martin said he was extremely grateful for the help and support received from all the marshals and helpers. The community in Rhayader together with members of Rhayader Running Club always rally around to support this event and it really is much appreciated.
He also thanked Dan Lydiate for giving up his valuable time to start the race.