The sun was shining on the Welsh capital as more than 5,000 runners completed the Cardiff and Vale College Cardiff Bay Run.
Runners flooded Cardiff’s iconic Bay with a sea of colour for Wales’ second largest running event.
A total of 5,120 runners crossed the start line and followed the race car supplied by Sytner Mini up Bute Street and back down Lloyd George Avenue before taking in iconic Cardiff landmarks like the Norwegian church and Cardiff Bay Barrage on the brand new 10K course.
Welsh star Dewi Griffiths blitzed the elite field to claim first place in the new look Cardiff and Vale College Cardiff Bay Run 10K race.
The Swansea Harrier, fresh from retaining his Welsh cross country crown for the sixth time, stormed the flat course to cross the line in 29:08. Griffiths missed out on the personal best he set in France last year by only 23 seconds.
He led from the front and his dominance was clear when Cardiff AAC’s Matt Clowes crossed the line to take the silver medal almost a minute later in 30.06. Dan Nash claimed third place as he snuck in under 31 minutes, before two more Cardiff runners, Carwyn Jones and James Hunt crossed the line.
There was more to shout about for Cardiff AAC in the Women’s race as Clara Evans claimed the gold medal in her first appearances in the blue vest.
Evans, who had previously run in Pontypridd Roadents colours, crossed the finish line in 34:58 to set a new best for 2017 over the distance. Leeds City’s Emma Clayton finished second in 35.25, ahead of the experienced Emma Stepto in third.
Evans said: “I used to run this event when it was a five mile race and I would definitely come back and run again. There was a great crowd out here in lovely warm weather, it was a great day. It was my debut for Cardiff AAC today and it was great to get a win in the blue vest.”