Salomon Trail UK Team 2013

The Salomon Avenir squad, with their mentors: Back Row (L to R): Rob Samuel, Ricky Lightfoot, Emma Clayton, Rob Hope, Angela Mudge. Front Row (L to R): Nathan Jones, Bertie Houghton, Annabel Mason, James Hall, Andrew Lawler

The Salomon Avenir squad, with their mentors: Back Row (L to R): Rob Samuel, Ricky Lightfoot, Emma Clayton, Rob Hope, Angela Mudge. Front Row (L to R): Nathan Jones, Bertie Houghton, Annabel Mason, James Hall, Andrew Lawler

2012 was another great year for the Salomon Trail Team in the UK, once again producing some amazing domestic and international performances. With 2013 now upon us and the racing season about to get underway proper, the team spent last weekend at their Spring training camp for three days of team talks, kit fitting, training sessions and product briefing ahead of what will no doubt be a very busy year.
This year’s camp was made extra special with the first meeting of Salomon Avenir, a new junior development squad of fell, mountain and trail runners aged between 16 and 18 years, who will not only be aided with product for the year but also be given support in the form of a mentorship scheme via some of the UK’s best athletes.
The concept behind Salomon Avenir is to help develop the next generation of trail and mountain runners in the UK and hopefully the ‘next draft’ of the Salomon Trail Team. The squad will be guided by Salomon Trail Running community manager for the UK, Matt Ward.
Manchester was the base for the weekend activities, with the brand new Salomon UK northern showroom playing host to the seminars and product meetings over the weekend. Present at the camp were representatives from main sponsor Salomon and sports instrument partners Suunto. The athletes were also kept up-to-date with with advancements from nutrition partner Kinetica. The teams were also fortunate enough to receive help and support in their physiology from top UK physio Andy Walling, who will once again look after the team in 2013.
Andy Davies on the Rivington fells

Andy Davies on the Rivington fells

Trail Team boss Tim Lloyd comments:
“It’s always a pleasure to get the Salomon team together to train and plan the year ahead, but this year was one of the best camps we have ever had with a great atmosphere and some great input from all at Salomon and our associate sponsors. The training camp is important for Salomon and the athletes because we are all working together to move off-road and trail running forwards in terms of product development and events. Plans for 2013 look very exciting, and I am especially excited at the Avenir project which is something Matt has been working on for a while. We have some incredible athletes in our senior team and for a group of them to be on hand to aid the next generation of athletes to come through is something really special.”
The weekend saw the team try out new products on the hills surrounding Rivington, Lancashire, in a number of group training runs and photo sessions. Sunday afternoon also saw the two groups take part in the now familiar core stability session courtesy of Andy Walling, to round off the weekend!
Regarding the Trail Team line-up for 2013 Lloyd continues:
“We have tweaked the team a little this year creating a mix of our highly experienced champions and younger athletes capable of taking the Salomon name into some different spheres. Rob Hope, Angela Mudge, Tom Owens, Ricky Lightfoot, Rob Samuel, Emma Clayton and Joe Symonds all remain with the team and will once again focus on a programme of international and domestic races, with Tom racing predominantly with the Salomon International team once again this season.
“In comes Welsh International Andy Davies, who will add that extra dimension in the longer distance races. Andy has a great engine and after focusing on his marathon aspirations for the first few months of the year, will look towards some of the longer mountain and ultra trail races in the UK and abroad”.
“Overall it is a great mix of youth and experience, speed and endurance, and we hope to be able to do all of the partners proud with some great results once again this year”.
Ricky Lightfoot

Ricky Lightfoot

Speaking about the Avenir squad Matt Ward comments:
“I am very pleased with what we have achieved in pulling together this junior collective in 2013. In a relatively short space of time it has gone from a vision to reality, and the fact that we have some of the UK’s top young talent on the squad in the very first year is particularly pleasing. 
“In Annabel Mason we have the European Mountain Running Champion and one of the brightest prospects in UK junior running at the moment, James Hall is the English Schools Fell Running Champion, Bertie Houghton an English international on the fells and a champion on the track at English schools level. Nathan Jones won the British Home Countries fell championship gold medal in 2012, and represented GB at the European Mountain Running champs last year and Andrew Lawler was 3rd in the British Championships race which Nathan won, and has recently become Scottish Junior 800m champion indoors.
“The opportunity for these guys to learn from some of the UK’s and world’s best fell, mountain and trail runners is immense. When people ask me I liken it to a 16-18 year old footballer being given a direct line for advice and support to someone like David Beckham – which youngster in their given sport wouldn’t jump at that chance?!
“We are clear from the outset too that we are not in the process of interrupting coaching or governing body programmes, this is all aimed at complimenting those programmes and offering something a little different from a sponsor’s point of view”.
Head of marketing at Salomon GB is Richard Philip, he concludes:
“The weekend was great from our perspective. It gave us an opportunity to meet the guys on the team and spend a little time explaining our objectives for the brand, events and general marketing in 2013. It also gave us the opportunity to properly look at product for the team and make sure that our offerings are in-line with what they need to be the best that they can whilst training and competing.
“As a brand who supports sporting excellence we are very excited for the year ahead, especially with the Avenir project which Matt will head-up, and we look forward to working with the team and sharing in their successes over the coming season”.
For more information and news on the Salomon Trail Team, Salomon Avenir and the Salomon trail events for 2013, head to
Full Salomon Trail Team line-up for 2013
Emma Clayton
Rob Hope
Ricky Lightfoot
Angela Mudge
Tom Owens
Rob Samuel
Andy Davies
Joe Symonds
Full Salomon Avenir line-up for 2013
Annabel Mason
Bertie Houghton
James Hall
Andrew Lawler
Nathan Jones
Mentor partnerships
Annabel Mason – Emma Clayton
Bertie Houghton – Ricky Lightfoot
James Hall – Rob Hope
Andrew Lawler – Angela Mudge
Nathan Jones – Rob Samuel

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Snowdon Marathon

Emily Gelder winner of the women’s race at the 2012 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri ©Sport Pictures Cymru

After a one of the most successful races ever, the 2012 Snowdonia Marathon Eryri has been party to plaudits from many quarters – from runners, to sponsors, to the media and charity partners. Now in its 30th year the marathon is regarded as one of the toughest and most picturesque in the UK and this year saw one of the most successful events in this iconic race’s history.

This year’s race on the 27th of October produced two great winners in the form of local favourite Rob Samuel and Welsh ultra runner Emily Gelder, who were both effusive in their praise for the organisation of this great race. However, the compliments have been strongest from hundreds of runners and the numerous partners of the event, who flooded social media channels with positive feedback after the race.

National Trust Wales have avidly supported the Snowdonia Marathon since its conception 30 years ago and marked the special anniversary with 10 charity runners from all over the UK running to raise money for the Snowdonia Appeal to fund vital conservation work.
This year also saw yet another a record field of competitors, with over 2000 entrants and almost 1600 hardy runners finishing the race. Sponsors and local businesses were engaged once again, as the event delivered on its promise to put Wales, the local community and local economy foremost. This year the event also began a new charity partnership with Welsh cancer charity Tenovus.
Jayne Lloyd has organised the race since 2004 and has been central to the event’s growth and development in this period:

“The 30th Marathon Eryri is now behind us but the legacy of an event like this is a constant factor to community life here in North Wales. The race is not a huge participation event relative to some of the great city Marathons but the exclusivity afforded to it by the limitation of places makes it one that people are literally desperate to get in to. This is great for the local economy as they are now guaranteed a full entry year after year which, in turn, ensures that visitors come to Snowdonia for a whole weekend at what would otherwise be a quiet time of year. This year we had more international runners than ever from the US, Sweden, Holland and Germany, and they take their stories away from Wales hopefully encouraging even more international visitors in the future.

“Events like this don’t just generate income from visiting participants, but are also crucial in promoting the services of local businesses. Here in North Wales we are lucky enough to have excellent providers of event services from timing and on line entry services,to professional event commentary and communication systems, it’s all available to us locally. We have a duty to try and source as many of our event needs from within the local business sector and we are able to do so 90% of the time. 

“However, the legacy of such an event like this is not just financial. Marathon Eryri brings together a huge team of volunteers from various groups and concerns with the local community to work together creating a truly unique race experience for our runners. Year after year they tell us how warm and welcoming they found the people of North Wales to be. This, in turn, means they are more likely to come back which is essential to an area that relies so heavily on tourism. The Snowdonia Marathon is about bringing a community together and creating a sense of well being and pride in the beautiful corner of the World.

“Our race partners are also extremely important to us. Whether commercial sponsors, local authorities or charitable organisations, we have some very long-term relationships. They all encompass the ethic of the race and we feel that year-on-year they grow with us and understand more and more what this event is all about.”
Steve Dunnico lives in Förslov, Sweden, but has returned to run the Snowdonia marathon consecutively since 1995. Running for the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri’s charity partner Tenovus Steve ran to help those who supported his father during his treatment of major skin cancer which was removed last year, meaning his father was given a clean report. Steve said the race was just as challenging this year:
“I’d managed to get a few longer run training sessions in before the race, the last one being in Stockholm the weekend prior. Even so, Snowdownia still managed to force me to walking pace as I got through Waunfawr and up to the last climb.
“From previous experience, there are always runners to chat with along the way. This year the highlight was Horst Priesler. Herr Priesler, from Germany, has completed more marathons than any other person in the world – while jogging up to Waunfawr I asked him how he was, he answered “Fine thank you, just the same as I’ve been through most of the 1,760 something I’ve completed so far. I’m not likely to reach that many completed marathons, but I hope that the £320 I have raised for Tenovus so far will help those who have been affected by cancer, and I am looking forward to coming back next year to do it all again.”
Lianne Toye, Head of Corporate & Sponsored Events at Tenovus added:
“We are extremely privileged to be working in partnership with the Snowdonia Marathon in their 30th anniversary year, and are excited to continue working with such an established and well-respected event going into Tenovus’ own anniversary celebrations in 2013, which marks our 70th year of supporting cancer patients and their families across Wales. We would like to thank Jayne and Phil (Jones) for making us their partner charity and who do an incredible job year on year with an event that the whole community get involved with and enjoy, and as Wales’ leading cancer charity, we look forward to being an even bigger part of that community in 2013.”
Looking forward to next year’s event, Jayne Lloyd concludes:
“The 30th race was the most successful to date and, once again, Marathon Eryri Cyf will be donating thousands of pounds to local community causes. Runners are already queuing up to enter the 2013 race which will take place on October 26th. We might be small but we have still been voted Best Marathon in Britain, more than a match for our big city rivals!”