Lake Vyrnwy half is a very picturesque, friendly and well organised half marathon, not far from home – about 1 1/2 hours drive.
This year’s race was held on the rather wet Sunday afternoon, the heavens had opened and they weren’t going to stop. 1387 took part, 6 of which were Croft runners, Gemma, Emma, Kelly, Alison, Tom and myself.
The course is a road course, around what seemed a beautiful lake. Sadly, due to the weather conditions, the mist was too low to be able to see the views. But the weather conditions for me weren’t a factor, I find running in the rain a delight, plus saves on the body overheating.
The race starts in village of Llansantffriad, then the first mile is a gradual uphill to the dam. Once you cross the dam, the next 11 miles are clockwise around lake Vyrnwy on a relatively flat winding road, The road wasn’t closed but I only came across a few cars, hence this being a silent race, no headphones.
The last mile drops down into the village again for the finish. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the finish with hundreds of people cheering and a speaker calling out runners’ names as you crossed the line. Everyone got a medal and a t-shirt.
A very fast course I found and I did start to have a wobble at the 10 mile point. But managed a PB of 1.44.
Gemma 1.30, Emma 1.32, Kelly 1.38, myself 1.44, Alison and Tom 2.36.
Brilliant race and would probably do it again next year.