The Richard Burton Heritage Run 10k took place in good conditions on Easter Sunday. The Cwmafon based event ran over a new flatter course and this year hosted the 7th fixture in the Run Wales Series.
Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) started the race as a clear favourite, making an appearance here a week before he represents Great Britain at the World University Cross Country Championships in Poland. Griffiths ran away from the field early on and after the initial 2km loop already had a lead of around 20 seconds. The second group of around eight athletes were still all running together as they passed the Cwmafon Community Centre and headed out for the remainder of the new scenic route.
(Caryl Jones pictured at the Cardiff Cross Challenge)
Dewi went on to take victory in 30:56 with Adam Bitchell (Cardiff AAC). finishing second. Adam's club-mate and training partner Ieuan Thomas finished a comfortable third. Adam and Ieuan's times of 31:10: and 31:25 were both lifetime bests.
Caryl Jones (Swansea Harriers) scored an equally comfortable victory in the ladies race and despite speaking modestly after the race where she said ''I found it difficult but was plessed with the victory'' her 32 second margin showed that her win was never in doubt. Caryl went on to say ''I will be running in my first National Road Relays next week. Swansea were 3rd in 2011 and 2nd in 2010. We hope to go one better this year''.
Caryl's winning time of 33:53 was a new personal best which is testament to her recent improvements.
Andrea Whitcombe finished second in the ladies race which she will add to her victories from 2007 and 2008. Cardiff AAC's Gwenno Brown ran 36:30 to take bronze.
Cardiff AAC's men and Swansea's ladies were both emphatic champions in the team events.
James Thie finished seventh in the men's race which was enough to see him maintain his lead in the 2012 Run Wales Series. Andrea Whitcombe was the series champion in 2011 and now jumps to the top of the ladies standings for 2012.