A mainly domestic field contested the 29th edition of the Cardiff 10k in blazing sunshine on Sunday.
The race took place over a completely new route for 2014 because of the Nato Summit which utilised Bute Park and many of the roads on the races regular route.
Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff AAC) had begun the race as a favourite following a season of new lifetime bests and numerous good performances on the track.
The start of the 2014 Cardiff 10k
Thomas led a leading group of five athletes from the early stages and through the halfway point in 15:08.
The leading group also contained Jon Hopkins (Cardiff AAC), Dan Nash (East Cornwall), Tom Merson (Bristol & West AC) and Pete Huck (Newham & Essex Beagles). Other locally based athletes Joshua Griffiths and Chris Carpanini, both running for Swansea Harriers, ran the whole race in sixth and seventh places.
With around three kilometres left to run, each member of the leading group took a turn to lead as they grew impatient with each considering the prospect of victory.
Peter Huck took the lead at the start of the only stiff climb on the course in an attempt to break up the group.
John Hopkins took his turn to lead and increased the pace from just after a kilometre to go.
Hopkins then pushed hard from the start of Museum Avenue, breaking clear to take a fine victory and become a popular winner, only the third from local club Cardiff AAC in the history of the race.
Hopkins breaks the tape at the 29th Cardiff 10k
Hopkins delight was obvious as he punched the air following his victory in a lifetime best of 30:22. ''It wasn't as fast as I would of hoped but it was great to win in Cardiff'' Hopkins said.
The ladies race welcomed last year's champion back to race in Cardiff. Rachel Felton (Shaftesbury & Barnet) was keen to defend her title from 12 months ago, leading from the gun.
Rachel took victory in 34:13, half a minute ahead of Lauren Deadman (Havering & Mayesbrook) who improved from third last year.
Fiona Clark finished third for Arena 80 with Emma Wookey (Lliswerry Harriers) the first local girl to finish, in fourth place.