St Helens athletes tackle gruelling Snowdonia Marathon

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Six of St Helens Sutton Athletics Club’s veteran runners took part in this year’s Snowdonia Marathon, a race which has twice been voted the best 26.2-miler.

The race starts just outside Llanberis and climbs to the top of the Llanberis Pass (Pen y Pass 1.100ft).

Dropping down to the Pen Y Cwyryd junction, the race then is farm track, downhill, then the surface returns to the tarmac.

There is a short, sharp uphill back up to the main road at the campsite.

The route then continues to the Beddgelert (200ft) and then continues to Waunfawr.

From here it is a rapid climb to about 1,200ft at Bwlch y Groes and then downhill to the finish in Llanberis.

First finisher for the club was Andrew Wilson (V40) who finished 43rd, an excellent position in a field which had 1500 finishers, in a time of three hours, five minutes and 54 seconds, Greg Carns (V45) finished 187th in three hours, 30 minutes and two seconds, Mark Liptrot (V50) 289th in three hours, 40 minutes and 39 seconds, Gary Oldham (V45) 558th in three hours, 58 minutes and 24 seconds and Ian Roberts (V40) 659th in four hours, five minutes and 39 seconds.

The club’s only lady in the race was Sonya Monaghan (V45) who ran four hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds to finish 80th lady.

The day before the club turned out just four runners in the Liverpool and District Cross-Country League match at Skelmersdale’s testing Beacon Park course.

Steve Ander led the group home finishing 26th in 34.28, followed by Greg Williams, 29th in 35 minutes and 42 seconds, while Rachel McGoldrick, was finished seventh in the women’s race with her time of 45 minutes and 11 seconds and Ian Hayburn, 59th in 39 minutes and 29 seconds.