Record turnout of runners for Cardiff 10K race

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A record number of professional athletes, runners and fundraisers took to the streets of Cardiff on Sunday morning to take part in this year’s Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K and 2K.

9,000 entrants started the race at Cardiff’s iconic Museum Avenue in the heart of the city centre, runners covered a flat and fast paced course, passing the Principality Stadium before heading up Cathedral Road, cutting across Llandaff Fields and then heading through the historic grounds of Bute Park and Cardiff Castle, before finishing back on Museum Avenue.

The first to cross the finish line was Jake Smith who ran the city centre course in a time of 29 minutes and 33 seconds. The first female to cross the line was Charlotte Arter in a time of 32 minutes 45 seconds, both winners are from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Watch our report on the race below:

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This year also welcomed one of the highest number of corporate team entries the event has ever seen, with more than 64 teams signed up in the Corporate categories. This year’s team champions were South Wales Police who completed the 10K course in a very impressive time.

A special 2K fun run was won by Ben Farrell, aged 14 and Kara Bennett, aged 12.

Despite its strong race pedigree, the Cardiff 10K race is a crucial fundraising event for organisers Kidney Wales, who established the event back in 1986.

In the last three years, the race has helped to raise more than £200,000 for the charity, who has used the funds raised to support thousands of people living with kidney disease across Wales, and their families, as well as to support many other charitable causes; like the refurbishment of the children’s dialysis unit at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW).

There were also some inspiring entrants involved in the race.

Nicola Parsons ran alongside 100 friends and family. Credit: ITV News

Nicola Parsons, from Bridgend, entered the race with more than 100 friends and family, known as “Alfie’s Misfits”, to run in memory of her husband Alan who passed away in 2018.

She said she was hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of organ donation.

It's a gift. I'm so grateful for Alan's first donor, because without them I never would have met Alan. And Alan was my life. I can't thank them enough.

Nicola Parsons

A special landmark was also achieved by 84-year-old Brian Graves, from Cardiff, who completed his 20th 10K race, in a challenge he set for himself after losing his wife in 2005. Initially running marathons and half marathons, Brian decided to set his sights on completing 20 10K races at the age of 81 and has now achieved his goal.

It’s been yet another fantastic Cardiff 10K race and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. The race has grown so much in the last few years and to see more than 9,000 runners taking part was brilliant. On behalf of everyone at Kidney Wales, we want to thank everyone who took part and raised valuable funds for charities across Wales, volunteers, as well as everyone who turned up to support the runners. We also want to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors for supporting the race, their help has been invaluable.

Nic Clarke, Director of Fundraising and Operations at Kidney Wales