The 2020 Rhayader Round the Lakes Races are finally able to go ahead on Saturday, September 18.

Originally intended to be held on March 21 last year, the onset of the pandemic resulted in their postponement.

Now the hundreds of runner who signed up to the race last year will have their patience rewarded with up to 750 runners are expected to take part in the two races.

There are a few changes from previous years, with the relocation of the start to the Smithfield.

This is intended to reduce the traffic congestion at the clock tower and the number of marshals required to guide the race through the town before heading out on a challenging loop of the Elan Valley.

In order to make up the loss of the distance at the start, the 500 runners will negotiate a loop into the Elan Village and return to Rhayader via the cycle path, then passing the clock tower and turning into North Street as in previous years.

A new 10k race will replace the previous five mile race and the estimated 250 runners will make their way directly to the Elan village junction, where they will turn around, returning on the cycle path.

No entries are taken on the day of the races and the closing date for online entries is August 22.

Entries for both races can be made by visiting the Rhayader Round the Lakes website.