Tish Jones made a winning return to the Welsh capital by holding off a stacked field to take the Cardiff Bay 5 Mile race.
The Belgrave Harrier won the British Half Marathon Championships at October’s Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon and enjoyed another successful visit to Cardiff on Monday.
She clocked an impressive 26:46 to finish almost a minute ahead of pre-race favourite Georgie Bruinvells (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) who took second in 27:42.
Jones said: “I really like racing in Cardiff.
“I was a bit worried because it was my first race back after a break.
“But breaks are often a good thing.
“I’m not used to the intensity of such a short race, I’m better at half marathons so I’m delighted to get the win.
“I was shocked at how strong the field was. I saw so many familiar faces on the start line and I knew they are all awesome.
“I was very nervous but I’m really pleased.”
Lucy MacAllister (Bristol & West AC) took third with Andrea Whitcombe (Swansea Harriers) first Welsh female home in 28:24 and fourth place.
The men’s race was won by Aldershot, Farnham & District AC’s Steven Connor, pictured above number 20, in 24:39.
He opened up a lead of 200m on Swansea Harriers’ Liam Lloyd and never looked like surrendering the victory.
Connor said: “It was really good.
“I only made a decision to run the race three days before so it’s a brilliant indication of where I am.
“It was a great course, flat as a pancake, so you could really push for a decent time.”
Lloyd took second place in 25:05 with Cardiff AAC’s Mike Kallenberg taking third in 25:07.
Elsewhere there was another world record for Welsh super veteran Martin Rees (Les Croupiers) who smashed the current 61 age group best for five miles.
He clocked 26:45 to obliterate the world record of 27:59.
Rees said: “It’s my 43rd world record.
“I know I am never going to beat some of my times from when I was younger but I am still enjoying it.
“It was a lovely course and conditions were ideal.”
The Cardiff Bay 5 is under new management and is being re-launched for 2014.
Set in the heart of Cardiff’s historic Bay, the 5th annual Cardiff Bay 5-mile race – including the 2km fun run – is a flat, fast, warm, bright and cheerful event for all ages and abilities.
Race over a rarely run distance in an event catering for beginners through to elite athletes.
The 2014 race is the 7th race in this year's Run Wales Series.
If you have achieved the following times in the last two year's, please contact Event Manager, Alex Donald to claim your free place in our elite field.
5km: Sub 15:00 minutes (men), sub 18 minutes (women) or
10km: Sub 32 minutes (men), sub 38 minutes (women).
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Taking in some stunning views across Cardiff Bay, the Cardiff Bay 5-mile course is flat, fast and fun. The 2km fun run is also a brilliant short route for anyone to have a go at. On a warm spring morning (fingers crossed), where else would you want to be than running in the heart of Cardiff’s historic bay.
A short hop from the race village (situated in the grass area at the rear of the Waterguard pub), the start is situated in Britannia Quay which leads onto east Bute Street and round the back of the Wales Millennium Centre. A short run along Lloyd George Avenue follows before turning to head back past the Flourish and the rear of the WMC towards the Norwegian Church.
From here the route heads past the BBC studios before entering Cargo Road where the course then heads along the barrage. At the lock gates on the bay barrage, the course then returns back along the same route to the finish line at the Norwegian Church to complete the 5-mile course.