Saturday 26th August 2017 saw the third running of the Llantwit Major 10k, 5k and 1k multi terrain races run in memory of David Synan, a local runner who passed away a few years ago. Immediately after the race finished the organisers started planning the 2018 event that is on Saturday 25th August 2018.
The event has always been lucky with the weather and this year was no exception. On a glorious Bank Holiday Saturday over 600 runners took part in what turned out to be an exceptionally strong competition. Entrants came from far and wide to compete with more than 40 Athletic clubs represented from all over South Wales and the South West with a sprinkling from even further afield.
The routes of the 5k and 10k are both challenging taking in the coastal path and this was the motivation for many entrants. Others entered to challenge themselves, still more ran for their favourite charity. Attracting competitors from all over the country means that runners are coming up against people they may never have raced against before.
Those competing for top places are compelled to give maximum effort from the start; those results in some very quick times. This year was no exception with the two-year-old 10k course record being broken by Paul Green from Sale Harriers (Manchester) in an astonishing time of 34 minutes and 48 seconds, followed by Daniel Bodman from Aberdare VAAC and Daniel Bishop from Pontypridd Roadents. The 5k was won by Daniel Cope followed by Alex Jackson from Rees Runners (who won both the 2015 and 2016 races) with Llantwit Majors very own James Robert-Gilvear in third place.
The Corporate Challenge was won by the Volunteer Coastguard team who made their run even more difficult by carrying a rescue stretcher and a dummy casualty. Their prize is a cheque for £250.00 payable to the charity of their choice. Prizes were awarded by Mayor of Llantwit Major Jayne Norman and Mr and Mrs Synan.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who took part and made the day such a success including every single one of the Marshalls, the Volunteer Coast Guard, St Johns Cymru, Welsh Athletics, Llantwit Major Rugby Club, the water point teams, the Vale Council footpaths team and every one of the residents who cheered on and applauded the runners. Quite a few mentioned what a boost this support gave them, particularly in the last 2 km.
We are also indebted to all of our event sponsors, many of whom are small local businesses and quite a few of whom have requested no publicity other than that which appears on the event website and Facebook pages.