Anglesey Marathon, the Island Race for All

The 2007 Anglesey Marathon is warming up with a few spaces left for hopeful athletes.

Organisers say that so far entries for the main event to be held on Sunday 23 September have doubled from last year.

As well as local Anglesey people coming forward, there is growing interest worldwide in this island marathon, including from African countries such as Uganda.

The event is privileged to have as its patron Colin Jackson, former World 110m Hurdles Champion, who will be presenting the prizes on the day as well as meeting the public.

Predictions are for about 1,000 walkers and runners to take part in the other races, including the 10K and 5K.

In fact, there are a total of 16 running categories in the Anglesey Marathon and prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each group.

The event involves a number of charities and this year among them will be North West Cancer Research Fund, Mencap Cymru and Gwyn Jones (Snowdrop) Cancer Appeal.

Walkers and runners in the 10K and 5K races will raise funds for the Snowdrop Appeal.

The cost of entering the marathon for the super-keen athletes and those brave souls taking their chances with sore shins, blistered feet and hamstring injuries is £14 (£15 if you are not a running club member).

If you want to try the 10K race the fee will be £9 and £5 for the shorter 5K race.

The marathon will be hosted at Anglesey Showground near Gwalchmai on Anglesey, just off the A55. See the special map here for the route to the location.

According to Menter Mon, the marathon will be filmed on TV by BBC Wales. This will be in the form of a documentary broadcast on the weekly sports show, Sports Wales, on 27 September.

The island marathon has grown in popularity, so much so that it is now considered one of the largest marathons in Europe.

Among the factors which favoured Anglesey Marathon for this TV documentary was its award of gold by the British Road Racing Association for this years race.

The marathon will pass through the Anglesey village of Gwalchmai, then along the A5025 to Llanfaelog, Aberffraw, Hermon, Malltraeth, Newborough, Llangaffo, Pentre Berw and Rhostrehwfa.

Other attractions on this day include a sports wear fashion show by Rhosneigr-based Gekko and the Helen Barton Dance Company.

More information about the event can be found at runnersworld dot co dot uk.

We hope you can get along to the Anglesey Marathon and perhaps get a chance to speak with the great Colin Jackson. Take care and have an enjoyable time. Beats sitting in front of the TV any day!

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