The Trail of the (not so) Lonesome Pine

Welsh Guards 100 fielded a team of 4 for the Salomon Trail Marathon which took place on Saturday 20th June in the stunning surroundings of Coed y Brenin, a 9,000 acre forest in Snowdonia, near Dolgellau, which is world-renowned for its beauty and its challenging outdoor activities.

LSgts Ian Davies, Kristian Tancock and Sion Griffiths and Gdsm Anthony WIllams set off in overcast, damp conditions along with over a thousand other competitors, some from as far afield as the US, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Ireland. The going is very tough and comprises a mixture of forest roads and single tracks, and although the training they had done stood them in good stead, the terrain was extremely testing. Ian Davies said that it was one of the hardest things he had ever done, and was overwhelmed to have completed it. Kristian Tancock realised at the 10-mile point that he was wearing the wrong trainers for the job, but just had to grill it out.

The field was considerably reduced by the end, with 338 counted in the final tally, including, of course, the WG100 team. Anthony Williams finished the race in a very creditable 4.55.24, and was positioned 189 overall.

The winner was experienced runner Andrew Siggers who won the competition in 2013 and was runner-up in 2014 so had the advantage of a good knowledge of the trail. He completed the course in 3.01.46. The female winner, Samantha Amend, achieved a time if 3.29.21.

Many congratulations to them all.