THE Rhayader Round the Lakes races were contested by a record number of athletes last weekend.

The 35th annual running of the event attracted more than 700 entries for the 30k race with 225 lining up for the five mile race.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles opened the race which was contested in challenging conditions.

Tipton Harrier Athletics Club star Ian Williams won the 30k men’s race in 1:54:15 with Builth Wells Running Club’s Tim Iveson second in 1:55:56 and Croft Ambrey’s Mark Lamondby in third in 1:57:20.

Helen Oliver of Les Croupier won the women’s race in 2:21:24 with Gemma Mallet of Croft Ambrey in second in 2:21:37 with Donna Morris of Brecon AC third in 2:21:38.

The five mile race produced a local podium with Brecon’s Phil Morris on top on 28:00 followed by Maldwyn Harrier duo Chris Atherton in 28:27 and Newtown club team-mate Martin Copus in 28:46.

Hannah Jones of Betsi Runaways win the women’s race in 31:45 with Tipton’s Sally walker in second in 32:23 and Robyn Gore of Croft Ambrey ending third in 36:03.

First time race director Derek Price said: “This is the first time Jude Bootle and myself have been involved in the sharper end of the event and I am proud to have been involved in such an amazing event with so many dedicated individuals working so hard to deliver a quality product.

“ At times it was like being sat on a runaway horse over which I had no control, but I realised that all the other volunteers were just getting on with what they have normally done over the years.

“Being involved in the event has been such an incredible experience.”