The 2017 10k race was a huge success with a record number of participants enjoying the warm weather. Here are a few pics from the race followed by the race report and results. For more pictures and info please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/2479788446/
Ammanford 10K Road Race 2017 (Photos and report by Nathan Jones)
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire hosted a second running event in the space of 4 days. The first was the very successful Ammanford Junior Fun Run Races at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on Wednesday and on Sunday – down the road at the Recreation Ground Rugby Club, it was the turn of the seniors as they took part in the annual 10K race sponsored by the Ammanford Lions Club who provided the trophies. After some morning rain, the conditions were rather warm throughout and continued that way despite limited sunshine.
The ever popular race was on open roads and took runners on a scenic route from Iscenne Road to Llandybie and Blaenau before returning via Aberlash. It was undulating but suited novice and club runners alike.
This year, the prize money was kindly sponsored by Llys Cennen Solicitors with age group trophies up for grabs in several categories from open male & female to V65. All finishers received a medal along with a bottle of water from Brecon Carreg.
Continuing the theme on records, the 10k again attracted unaffiliated runners as well as those in clubs – with a large turnout from Swansea Harriers, 3m’s Gorseinon, Llanelli AC, Port Talbot Harriers and of course the host club, Amman Valley Harriers. In 2017, 149 runners took part making it the largest turnout ever since it was first organised over 20 years ago. Runners who come back year after year still describe the Ammanford 10k as one of the best road races around at this present time.
The 2017 race was won by Marc Hobbs from Swansea Harriers in a quick time of 34 minutes 40 seconds, just outside the course record time set by Christian Lovatt. David Keenam (Llanelli AC) 35:54 and Gareth Ayres (Port Talbot Harriers) 36:56 filled second and third positions in the Open Male category while Stephen Bartlett (Pontypridd Roadents AC) was the winner of the M40, followed by Eamonn Kirk (Swansea Harriers) and Nick Griffiths (Amman Valley Harriers) Alan Davies continued his fine success in this event as he picked up the M60 award for another year.
On the female side, there was a clean sweep for the Amman Valley Harriers host club as training partners, Rachael Davies 40:32, Luticia Thomas 41:24 and Llinos Jones 41:59 all finished just over a minute from each other. It was no surprise to see them take the overall team title too. There were also team wins for Swansea Harriers and Llanelli AC.
The rugby club was open following the conclusion of the race for runners and spectators to join together where presentations were also made. A great crowd stayed on to applaud those who won in the trophy categories.
The organisers at the AVH club would like to congratulate all the runners who took part in this year’s 10K and would like to thank all the volunteers who made it possible, including all marshals, sponsors and St John Ambulance/Dyfed Powys Police.
The Ammanford 10K Road Race Report will feature in the local press next week. In the meantime, visit the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more pictures!
The race route is the ‘traditional’ undulating Ammanford 10k route on open roads…