The Island Race announces £1000 cash prize injection

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The Island Race/Anglesey Half Marathon organisers have this week announced a significant cash prize-pot for next year's race which takes place on 3 March 2013.

The 13.1 mile event, which starts on the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge on Anglesey and takes in the World Heritage site Beaumaris Castle, will have a total cash prize fund of £1000, with the top three males and females receiving cash prizes of £150, £100 and £50 for first, second and third place respectively. The winner of the men's and women's races will not only pick up £150 in cash but also an additional £150 in product prizes. The event also boasts a largely traffic-free course, which this year saw almost 600 runners taking on the scenic route, which takes in views across the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia. 

Always Aim High Events Director Nigel Kendrick anticipates 1000 runners on the start line next March and feels that the cash incentives will bolster the elite field and raise the general standard of racing at the sharp end, stating: "At Always Aim High Events we are always mindful of mass-participation at our events and cater for all standards, and of course we want to promote excellence, achievement and elite sport too. To encourage this we have produced what we feel is a healthy cash fund for the prize winners to entice even more elite athletes. The Island Race organisation is in full swing and we are pleased to see so many already entered this beautiful and iconic event.

"We'll be holding the race a couple of months earlier in the season in 2013, but feel that if anything that will help in participant recruitment as it sits better in the running calendar. We were very pleased with how the event went last year and have been really encouraged with the reaction that we have received from runners on the date change."

2012 race winner Rob Samuel will be back to defend his crown and feels that the cash purse will add to the competition he can expect next March:

"This just adds to the excitement of this event for me really," he said. "I think in Wales we would like to see more 'raiders' from across the borders coming to challenge us in these races and I know that already one or two of the faster guys and girls from the North West of England will be lining-up. It's great for the race, and great for us local runners to pit ourselves against better quality runners to raise the overall standard of running in Wales and of course the North Wales area." 

Entries to The Island Race 2013 are now open via The Island Race event website.