The 31st Cardiff 10K on Sunday (11 September) attracted another huge and talented field with 4,543 finishers in the 10K and a further 644 in the Family 2K Fun Run. The pace setter at the sharp end of the main race was wheelchair winner Richie Powell (29:10) from 10k race champions Danal Desta (Swansea Harriers, 29:47) and Rachel Felton (Shaftesbury Harriers, 33:39).
The Cardiff course is an attractive single lap circuit starting and finishing at the University and following the River Taff as it winds through Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields. The highlight of the flat, fast course is passing Cardiff Castle (pictured) at 2k and 8k before the big finish in Museum Avenue.
A large crowd was treated to a sprint finish between Eritrean athlete, Desta and runner-up Matthew Sharp (Cheltenham Harriers, 29:50), with under-20 junior Oliver Fox (Wells City, 30:06) completing the podium with a personal best. A special cheer was reserved for first Welshman, Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff, 30:10) in fourth overall.
Rachel Felton had a more comfortable time as she had 20 seconds to spare over Eleanor Davies (Newquay and Par, 33:59) in the women’s race. Jenny Spink (Bristol and West, 34:10) was always a threat, celebrating a PB in third place.
The race incorporated a British Masters international and the winners were Welsh M35 Owain Jones (Bristol and West, 30:49) from England’s M45 Terry Scott (Tyne Bridge Harriers, 32:02) and M45 Paul Ward (Telford, 32:24).
The women’s age-group international leaders were W35s Ruth Barnes (Avon Valley, 34:18) for England and Wales’ Helen Buller (Worthing Harriers, 36:00) and Katherine Matthews (Chepstow Harriers, 36:35).
In the mass event there were a magnificent 240 runners inside 40-minutes; the halfway point was shared by Julie Toy (Brecon Carreg) and Runa Bakshi-Khanom (Deloitte Dragons) in well under the hour and the last finisher clocked 2:26:32.
Full race details and photos are on the Cardiff 10K website.