Wales took senior team's to the Great Manchester Run on Sunday. Wales competed in an inter-area match against teams from the North of England, The Midland's and a ''combined Servies'' team. The event gave Welsh athletes the chance to compete against a high standard of competition in what has traditionally been known as the UK's top 10km road race.
The Men's team had the chance to toe the line with the former world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie, The current record holder for the distance, Patrick Makau and the 2010 London Marathon Champion Tsegay Kebede. Gebrselassie was a comfortable winner, posting the fastest time in the world this year with 27:39.
David Mountford (left) shares the early lead at the Great Manchester Run.
Jon Wills (Bristol & West) was the first Welsh man home in 30:23 which was outside his best but still a solid run. Hywel Care was next home in 30:23 which gave him a new lifetime best by 6 seconds. David Mountford (Liverpool) and Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC) fought their own battle, running 30:53 and 30:58 respectively. Matt Janes (Bedford) was the fastest welsh man on paper with a previous best of 29:32 but struggled to 31:43 on this occasion.
In the ladies event the field was stretched out early on by eventual champion Linet Masai of Kenya, who is a former world champion at 10,000m.
Kate Roberts (Bridgend AC) led the Welsh ladies home in 35:56, agonisingly equalling her previous best set at the Leeds Abbey Dash last year. Swansea Harriers Alaw Beynon Thomas and Elinor Kirk finished in 36:07 and 36:09 with Esther Evans closing the team scoring in 36:22. Alaw's time gifted her a new best by 3 seconds and Esther's by 8 seconds.