|MORE than 1,100 runners descended on Menai Suspension Bridge for the start of last Sunday’s Island Race - Anglesey Half Marathon.
The race, which is in its third year, once again broke its record for participant numbers, but this year also saw a new course record being set.
GB international, Andi Jones, a four-time winner of the Snowdon race, smashed the course record by two minutes as he led the field home on a time of one hour, seven minutes and 29 seconds.
2012 champion, Rob Samuel of Eryri Harriers came through in second place in 1.08.45, ahead of team mate Russell Bentley, who achieved 1.09.22.
Last year’s champion, Alun Vaughan, came through in fourth place in a time of 1.12.09.
It was Eryri’s Siobhan Evans who stormed to victory in the womens race, in 1.24.42, more than two minutes quicker than second-placed Zoe McLennan.
Elizabeth Hutson completed the podium line-up with a 1.31.17 run.
In the day’s other big race, more than 250 children lined up for the Island Race
Dragon’s Dash, which was organised by Anglesey County Council’s Sports Development Unit and sponsored by Always Aim High Events.
Event planner and Always Aim High Events Director, Nigel Kendrick, said: “We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Menai Bridge - the weather has been incredible and the racing has been superb.
“The feedback from the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive - the amount of people who have told me this is the most beautiful half marathon they have ever run has been unbelievable!”
For full race results, visit the TDL website (http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/).