Run­ners con­quer 135-mile ‘Ring of Fire’ chal­lenge

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JOSIE Rhisiart and Dar­ren Seeney from Cybi Strid­ers took on the 135.7-mile Ring of Fire race around the coast of An­gle­sey over the week­end.

Day one sees the run­ners leave the Break­wa­ter Coun­try Park in Holy­head at 1pm and run 35 miles to Aml­wch, the con­di­tions were very windy, but they man­aged to dodge the show­ers and com­pleted the leg in 8hrs 23 min­utes.

Fol­low­ing a few hours’ sleep they started again at 6am to run the long­est leg of the race from Aml­wch round to Aberffraw, a to­tal of 65 miles. Con­di­tions weren’t great at the start with tor­ren­tial rain and strong winds, with con­di­tions im­prov­ing dur­ing the day.

Af­ter 18 hours and 17 min­utes the duo ar­rived very tired and aching at Aberffraw, well within the cut-off time.

Day three dawned with much nicer weather, with very lit­tle rest and ex­tremely stiff, the pair started again at 6am for the last 35 miles to Holy­head Break­wa­ter Park.

At 3.26pm they fin­ished the epic run and were greeted by huge cheers from fam­ily, friends and club mem­bers. To­tal time for the race was 36 hours 08 min­utes.

Rhisiart and Seeney are rais­ing money for Bowel Cancer UK and so far have raised over £1,500.

The Strid­ers are a run­ning club based on An­gle­sey, which was es­tab­lished over 30 years ago, and pride them­selves on being a friendly club where ev­ery­one is wel­come – re­gard­less of abil­ity or ex­pe­ri­ence.

The club have run­ners who are fast, slow, young, old and all stages in be­tween, meet every Mon­day and Wed­nes­day.

Vis­it­ing run­ners are wel­come.

● Josie Rhisiart and Dar­ren Seeney from Cybi Strid­ers took on the 135.7-mile Ring of Fire race around the coast of An­gle­sey over the week­end

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