MORE than 200 competitors from across Monmouthshire completed the inaugral Devauden 10km run on bank holiday Monday.

Organisers of the event, which saw runners from as far afield as Nottingham tackle a cold and wet course around Chepstow Park Woods, said it exceeded all expectations.

John Rowlands, chairman of the Hood Memorial Hall Committee, who at 72 was the oldest of the 237 competitors, said they hope to make the run an annual event.

He said: “I had so many people come up to me after the race to congratulate those responsible for the route, the organisation and the free tea, coffee and home-made cake afterwards.”

The event was won by Peter Ward, 41, of Llanishen, who crossed the finish line in 38minutes 47seconds.

A spokesman for the event said: “The turnout was way beyond the organisers’ expectations and were all the more remarkable because of the conditions.

Runners came from all over Monmouthshire and as far away as London, Nottingham, Llanelli and Tewkesbury.”

The event, sponsored by Western Power Distribution, was held to raise funds for the Hood Memorial Hall, Devauden.