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Saturday, 03 December 2011 17:26

Wales' 'toughest runner' to run Trail Marathon Wales

Wales' 'toughest runner' to run Trail Marathon Wales Star of 'Ras yn Erbyn Amser' Lowri Morgan will take to TMW start line...

 Trail Marathon Wales, the exciting new trail running event taking place in Coed y Brenin next summer, has today announced the addition of adventure-loving TV presenter Lowri Morgan to the start line. Lowri has played rugby for Wales, competed in numerous marathons worldwide and even dived down to the remains of Titanic in a submersible.

However, Lowri is probably best know for her S4C series, Ras yn Erbyn Amser, depicting her memorable Jungle Marathon (a 222km gruelling self-sufficient race through the heart of the Amazon jungle in Brazil) experience in 2009 and last year the gruelling 6633 Ultra race in the Arctic Circle where Lowri had to endure temperatures of around -30˚C to -40˚C in this notoriously arduous challenge. She has also run several marathons - her fastest time to date is a creditable 3hrs 8mins - and has completed various Ironman trialthlons.
Speaking about her participation at next year's inaugural race Morgan states:
"I've been lucky enough to have run in several countries and continents, but nothing beats running on the trails of Wales with its natural surroundings and magnificent settings. Trail Marathon Wales is the kind of event that reminds me why I run.  I'm looking forward to getting to the start line and running the beautiful and challenging trails of Coed Y Brenin's Forest. It'll be a superbly organised event with a friendly atmosphere and it'll definitely please every runner, from novice to elite."
Taking place on the 23rd of June 2012, Trail Marathon Wales will have full (26.2 mile / 42.1 km) and half (13.1 mile / 21 km) marathon race routes in the stunning trails and tracks of this world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest. The event aims to be Wales' first true trail marathon taking in fully marked trail single track, forest roads and paths in some of the most stunning forestry and heathland in the UK.
The organisers are also working closely with Forestry Commission Wales at Coed y Brenin to deliver what will be a race route to remember. The exact course details will be released in the early Spring of 2012. A number of elite athletes have been provisionally recruited to take part in the race, ensuring that the event has a highly competitive element – whilst hopefully attracting good club runners and first time trail marathoners alike.
Online entries are open, with the race having recruited over 160 runners in the first three weeks of entries going live.

You can follow Trail Marathon Wales on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed and via the TMW blog