568 Competitors completed the 42nd Jewson International Snowdon Race at Llanberis on Saturday 15th July. Run in quite warm, but somewhat damp conditions, while very windy at the summit, Italian Davide Magnini at only 20 years of age, became one of the youngest ever winners of the race as he made his intentions clear from the start, after initially being content to sit in with the leaders, Davide gradually pulled away to lead the way to the summit in a time of 42:47 and prevailing on the tricky downhill to the finish in a time of 1:06:43, a clear minute ahead of 2nd placed Chris Farrell (England - 1:07:15) with English athletes also finishing 3rd and 4th; Tom Adams 1:09:15 just holding off Chris Holdsworth 1:09:18 in the finishing straight.
The first Welsh athlete to finish was Local, Llanberis based Gareth Hughes in 9th place overall in a time of 1:12:26 ahead of: 13th Russell Bentley 1:13:19. 16th Matt Roberts 1:13:46. 20th and running for the Wales B-Team, Nathan Jones 1:15:28. 21st Richard Roberts 1:15:33. 24th Tom Roberts 1:16:18 and 28th Michael Corrales-Mills 1:17:26. The first non-international Welsh finisher was Paul Wathan (Eryri) in 25th place overall in a time of 1:16:29.
Annie Conway (Ambleside) was a clear winner of the women’s title with a time of 1:20:16 and for a while, it looked as if Welsh athlete Bronwen Jenkinson would make a challenge for the top three positions but, Bronwen, suffering with a stitch for most of the race and after last year’s mishap when she fell on the descent, just made sure she got down in one piece having reached the summit in 3rd place, she eventually had to settle for 4th female at the finish in a time of 1:25:10. Andrea Rowlands was the next Welsh finisher to finish in 11th place with a time of 1:28:31 followed by 17th placed Sian Williams in 1:32:46. The first non-international Welsh female finisher was Eryri Harrier Elliw Haf in 16th place with a time of 1:31:16.
Despite the damp weather, the local community once again turned out in their hundreds to give their support to all the runners competing in the event, ensuring that all the hard work that the race organisers had put into the event, was worthwhile.
Stephen Edwards who has been organising the event for several years and his reliable crew, once again put on a spectacular event making it one of, if not the best mountain running events in the UK.