Perfect conditions greeted the sixth edition of this popular event which doubles as a “mob match” between the local clubs of Bridgend AC and Brackla Harriers versus Les Croupiers of Cardiff.
The out and back course, although undulating, takes in the picturesque village of Merthyr Mawr and provides many athletes with personal bests.
It was Cardiff AAC’s Richie Gardiner who returned to take the title for the third time in 15:08, 20 seconds outside his course record. After pulling out of the London Marathon, Gardiner is still looking for a marathon qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
A star of the future, Jon Hopkins took 2nd in his first 5km road race. The 17 year old Bridgend AC athlete is regaining his form for the summer before departing for a US scholarship in Oregon State University in the autumn. A Swansea Harriers trio of Lewys Hobbs, Dan Gurmin and Steve Davies secured the team award. They were closely followed in by the performance of the night, Helen Jenkins, the Olympian and former World triathlon champion, setting a personal best time of 16:20. Following an ambitious opening kilometre and the challenging course, where she ran alone for most of the way, there is more to come on a faster course. Helen led the host club to the team title.
The “mob match” title was retained by the Bridgend/Brackla partnership for the coveted “mop trophy”. Such were the good conditions four age group records fell.