Record numbers run Pontypool 10k
6:24pm Sunday 24th February 2013 in Gwent news
A RECORD number of runners braved the cold this morning for Pontypool's annual 10k run in aid of St David's Hospice Care, writes Harriet Sime.
The event, which started at 10am from Pontypool Leisure Centre, raised more than £4,200, which will be used to provide vital free hospice care at the charity.
More than 350 people completed the event, 100 of which signed up to run the race on the morning of the event.
Director of fundraising and lottery at St David's Hospice Kris Broome (CORR), said: "There was a fantastic take up today, 100 more on last year's event. It was a very cold morning, but we had a wonderful turnout and a great experience was had by all. This year's race winner was Fairwater Runner Ryan McFlyn, who completed the race in 35 minutes and 30 seconds. While for the ladies, the first to cross the line was Nicola Gething, of Parc Bryn Bach, who completed the course in 41 minutes and 8 seconds.
The route took runners from Pontypool to Mamhilad and back along the scenic Monmouthshire to Brecon canal towpath.
The 10k run was held a week before the City of Newport Half Marathon, which takes place at 9am next Sunday, March 3 from Newport International Sports Village.