In 1988 Mr David Rowlands, treasurer of St Wddyn's Church at Llanwddyn made a centenary appeal to raise money towards church roof and other repairs.
He placed this appeal in the Advertiser newspaper where Mr Doug Morris of the Oswestry Olympians read the appeal and contacted David Rowlands offering to organise a half marathon for the appeal. The rest, as they say is history.
At the outset Doug believed it would probably only be a one off race, little did he know that he'd organise it successfully for 20 years, making it continuously bigger and better.
Following his untimely death in August 2008, the race, following his family's wishes, went ahead that
year, but wasn't held in 2009.
We pay tribute to Doug, a great friend of the race and the community, who
gave his services tirelessly and selflessly to this race as well as to many
others in the area.
We are also extremely grateful to his family - Margaret, Helen and Andrew
who continue to be supportive of the event and are merely a phone call
away if there's anything we need help or advice with. Thank you.
Prior to 1988
For 2-3 years prior to '88, a race organised by Tony Bound, Llanfyllin Postmaster, at a distance of just around the Lake - 11.5 miles had been held.
Doug Morris had competed in that race and thought it was a great opportunity to revive the event whilst also making it the official half marathon distance of 13.1 miles.
In 1988 Mr David Rowlands, treasurer of St Wddyn's Church at Llanwddyn made a centenary appeal via the Advertiser newspaper, to raise money towards church roof and other repairs.
Mr Doug Morris of the Oswestry Olympians contacted David Rowlands offering to organise a half marathon.
David became Chairman of the organising committee, a position now held by David Thomas.
Sadly, David Rowlands passed away in February 2013.
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