Nearly 2,000 runners pounded the street of Caerphilly for the fourth edition of the Caerphilly 10k on Sunday 19th June.
Owain Jones (Bristol & West AC) took victory for the third succesive year, lowering his own course record to 31.04
Joshua Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) stayed with Owain for some time but eventually settled for second. Tes Goitom (Les Croupiers) was well clear in third.
Rhianwedd Price (Cardiff AAC) started as an outstanding favourite in the ladies race, finishing over a minute clear, recording a time of 35.02 in her second 10km Road Race. This was also a new course record for the ever growing Caerrphilly 10k.
Clara Evans (Pontypridd Roadents) and Lauren Cooper (Parc Bryn Bach RC) finished second and third respectively.
The ever-popular Caerphilly 10k returns once again for 2016, and is now open for entries!
The event, which over the last three years has grown in size, popularity and stature, is now the third most popular 10k event in Wales, just behind Cardiff and Swansea – and returns for 2016 on Sunday 19th June.
The 10 kilometre course, which last year attracted close to 2,000 participants, begins and ends set against the backdrop of Caerphilly Castle and proves popular year-on-year with runners of all abilities. The route will lead participants in and around the town centre, passing local landmarks including the Tommy Cooper statue along the way and offering great views of the wonderful castle.
The course record was set last year by twice winner of the Caerphilly 10k Owain Jones of Bristol & West Athletics Club, in a super-speedy time of 31 minutes and 17 seconds – can this impressive time be beaten in 2016?
Also returning this year is the Caerphilly 2k run, offering younger runners a chance to get involved in this timed event. Participants must be at least 8 on the day of the event in order to participate.
Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services said, “The Caerphilly 10k continues to be one of our most popular events, and has grown substantially in popularity since the inaugural event in 2013. It is an event which attracts people from right across the country to participate and really helps to showcase all that Caerphilly has to offer to people from far and wide.
“It was wonderful to see so many people taking on the challenge last year, and whether participants have the aim of putting in a good time, raising money for good causes or simply as a personal challenge to themselves, I am sure more people than ever will be keen to lace up their trainers and participate in 2016”.
Among the first to have signed up already for the Caerphilly 10k 2016 is Elizabeth Barrett, who works for Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Customer Services team.
Elizabeth also happens to be one of ‘Alfie’s Angels’ – a group who recently featured on a new BBC series as part of the ‘Live Longer Wales’ season, and tackled the Cardiff Half Marathon with help from Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas.
She said, “Having just about recovered from the recent Cardiff Half Marathon, I’ve definitely now got the running bug, and when I saw that entries for next year’s Caerphilly 10k are now open, I couldn’t wait to get myself signed up. It’s great to have another challenge to aim for and I’m sure the Caerphilly 10k event will be as popular as ever”.
The Caerphilly 10k is being organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council, in partnership with Welsh Athletics.