The Lliswerry 8 Mile Road Race took place on Sunday in the lanes around Nash and Goldcliffe near Newport. The iconic road race hosted the second fixture in the 2013 Run Wales Series.
The rain held off for long enough to see the leading runners safely back but strong winds played their part.
The race attracted a stronger field than in the last few years, which included several Welsh Internationals. Phil Matthews (Swansea Harriers) was the Welsh Half Marathon Champion in 2011 and along with Richie Gardiner (Aberdare Valley), Chris Carpanini (Newport Harriers) and Mike Kallenberg (Cardiff AAC), started amongst the favourites.
Phil Matthews (294) pictured with Chris Carpanini
At the five mile mark it was Phil Matthews that started to get away from the rest of the field. Phil made the most of the break which ultimately saw him take victory and maximum points in the Run Wales Series.
Chris Carpanini was the next man to get away and finished second from Mike Kallenberg who took third.
Kate Roberts pictured at Lliswerry
Kate Roberts (Bridgend AC) ran away with the women's title but found some shelter by running with a group in the main pack. Kate took victory by over three minutes from local girl Emma Wookey (Lliswerry Runners) and Sally Wilder (San Domenico) who finished third.
The next fixture in the Run Wales Series will be the Llandudno Nick Beer 10kmon February 10th.