AN ANCESTRAL estate near Wrexham opened up its grounds for the return of a popular trail run.
The Up Hill Down Dale Trail Run, a cross-country running event, was held yesterday around the Brynkinalt Estate in Chirk.
With about 200 people running in the races, the number taking part has doubled from last year.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, an additional race was included this time around, along with a children’s race.
A 5km route was added to the original 10km and 20km routes.
The Up Hill Down Dale, which was set up and organised by Belinda Bateson and her husband, Dave, were delighted with how this occasion went.
Mrs Bateson said: “It went really well.
“We were a little bit worried about the weather on Saturday night because of the rain and the wind, but Sunday turned out to be a really nice day and quite sunny.
“There were about 200 people taking part.
“It is growing bigger and better.”
The races are also not just for elite runners, but for anyone that wants to give trail running a go.
She added: “The 5km race was added for beginners who are maybe not experienced runners, to get an introduction to it.”
Friends and family of those taking part were also able to enjoy the stunning views of the estate while spectating.
The races took competitors all over the estate, through a variety of different terrains including woodland and the grounds surrounding the hall.
As well as the races the organisers try to create a ‘family day out’ atmosphere, with entertainment also being available for the children, such as a bouncy castle, which Mrs Bateson said was particularly popular this year.
The next event is at Rhug Hall in Corwen on April 9, and there is also one being scheduled for Llandegla in June.
For a list of forthcoming races all over North Wales, visit www.uphilldowndale.com