The Ring O’ Fire is a coastal ultra marathon takes runners on an extraordinary 135 mile journey around the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. The epic foot race is staged over three consecutive days and follows the rugged and spectacular Anglesey Coastal Path. Daniel Jenkins, no stranger to throwing himself into the deep end raised his head above the pulpit and immersed himself straight into a very healthy top ten place at the close of day one. Despite no upfront serious training he has beat all the odds. Almost the entire coastline of Anglesey has been designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Snowdonia mountain range, runners challenged themselves in some of the most awe inspiring coastal scenery in the British Isles. You could be forgiven for thinking the main focus of any of the entry limited 150 people is solely to complete the course distance. That would be a remarkable achievement for anybody! Beauty aside, the extreme distance and variable terrain has sealed the race’s reputation as one of the most challenging ultra marathons in the British Isles. It is played out on a marked course with a built in 9 hour cut off time each day. The race terrain is 90% trail with just 10% road. There is obligatory medical support and navigational skills are required. Each of the 9 hour sections incorporate 3 check points. Over the course of the race, runners encountered a wide variety of terrain, including sandy and pebble beaches, steep cliff top paths, headlands, rocky coves, sand dunes, farmland fields, sections of forest and quaint seaside fishing villages. The route, predominantly trail, with small sections of public road, although these tended to be quiet country roads. There are also gates and stiles to negotiate throughout the length of the course. Day 2 and 3 continued in a similar vein with Dan celebrating completing this gruelling event with a cold bottle of beer. And why not, Dan finished 6th overall tremendous result! posting the following statistics:
Fantastic work Daniel Jenkins, well done!