DROVES of runners took to the tarmac on Sunday to compete in the Anglesey Half Marathon.

Over 1600 people participated in the race which is commonly refered to as the most beautful half marathon in the UK.

The course started on the Menai Suspension Bridge and wound its way out to Beaumaris along the A545 before looping around Llan-Faes and heading back for a finish in Menai Bridge.

Over 300 local children took part in the Anglesey Half Marathon Dragon’s Dash. This was arranged by Anglesey Council’s sports development unit and sponsored by Always Aim High Events - the overall event organisers.

All of the children received a medal for their efforts.

The men's and women's races were a big success for Anglesey and Gwynedd runners.

Defending champion Alun Vaughan (Eryri Harriers) - who warmed up for the event by winning the Rhyl 10 Mile two weeks ago - won the men's race in a personal best time of 1:09:43.

In second was Callum Rowlinson of Sale Harriers (1:10:10) and third home was Steffan Sayer of Menai Track and Field in 1:12:48.

Eryri Harriers took a podium position in the women's race also, Elliw Haf's 1:32:22 quick enough for second spot. Cala Green of North Wales Runners (Llandudno) was third in 1:33:14.

Yorkshire athlete Hannah Oldroyd was the women's winner in a course record time of 1:21:30.

Other selected results:

Simon Anetts, Bangor University Athletics Club, 1:18:41 (7th), James Bacon, Eryri Harriers, 1:18:49 (8th), Sam Green. Eryri Harriers, 1:21:44 (17th).

Megan Lynne Hughes, Eryri Harriers, 1:35:04 (7th), Edith Gruber, Cybi Striders, 1:38:07 (21st).