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Snowdonia Marathon: Welsh runners and charities win big

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Image caption Russell Bentley (centre) won in a time of just over two hours and 38 minutes ahead of Martin Green and Robert Weekes

Welsh athletes have dominated this year's Snowdonia Marathon - although charities are set to be the big winner with an estimated £1m raised.

Anna Bracegirdle won the women's race in three hours and six minutes, with Welsh runners Emma Wookey and Andrea Rowlands coming second and third.

Englishman Russell Bentley won the men's race in two hours and 38 minutes.

Welshmen Martin Green and Robert Weekes finished in second and third place in a field of almost 3,000 runners.

The race, now in its 36th year, started and finished at the bottom of Snowdon and included 2,750ft (838m) of climbs, including the Llanberis Pass.

Race co-ordinator Jayne Lloyd said runners return "year on year" due to its location and Snowdonia's "beauty".

The 26.2 mile (42km) route from Llanberis in Gwynedd took the runners up the notorious Pen-y-Pass ascent before dropping into the spectacular Nant Gwynant valley to Beddgelert and then another epic climb and trail descent back into Llanberis.

Image caption A record 2,900 took part in last year's 26.2 mile race

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