Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS -

A RECORD field of al­most 300 run­ners took part in the Am­man­ford 10k.

The ever-pop­u­lar race, which has be­come a favourite on the Welsh ath­let­ics cal­en­dar, was staged on open roads. It took run­ners on a scenic route start­ing at the Recre­ation Ground field and pass­ing the Bon­ll­wyn Green and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

On reach­ing the half­way mark at Llandy­bie and Blae­nau, run­ners re­turned down coun­try lanes via Aber­lash. At the 8k point, run­ners re­joined the main road and re­traced their steps back to the finishing line on the rugby club field.

Or­gan­ised by Am­man Val­ley Har­ri­ers, the event was spon­sored by Am­man­ford Lions Club, Llys Cen­nen Solic­i­tors and Bre­con Car­reg.

Among those run­ning were mem­bers of Am­man­ford AFC, who were run­ning to raise money for the Jac Lewis Foun­da­tion, and they col­lected more than £1,000.

For the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion the race incorporat­ed the pop­u­lar West Wales 10k Road Run­ning Cham­pi­onships where re­gional medals were pre­sented to those who occupied first, sec­ond and third.

It at­tracted a num­ber of ath­letes from Llanelli AC, Neath Har­ri­ers, Swansea Har­ri­ers, 3Ms Gor­seinon RR, Am­man Val­ley Har­ri­ers, Port Talbot Har­ri­ers, Pem­brokeshire Har­ri­ers, Sarn He­len, TROTS, Car­marthen Har­ri­ers, Run4All Neath, Celtic Tri and Sospan Road Run­ners.

Llanelli AC club se­niors dom­i­nated the front end of the field with eight out of the first 15 places occupied by the team.

David Keenan, fourth in 2018, was the win­ner in a time of 35 min­utes and 20 sec­onds.

Finishing in run­ner-up and third place were club­mates Dean Sum­mers (35:28) and Ni­cholas Shee­han (35:39) to make it a clean sweep of in­di­vid­ual awards. Mark Harrison was fourth (36:05).

Keenan said: “I was very happy with my per­for­mance and it was great to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing from first place right down to the end.

“Af­ter a close first 6k, I man­aged to pull away on the down­hill sec­tion and felt com­fort­able through­out.”

Fol­low­ing them in the top 10 were Mark Hors­man (Pon­typridd Road­ents AC), Gareth Davey and Nathan Daniel (both Neath Har­ri­ers) and Llanelli AC run­ners Jimmy Watkins, Alan Davies and Matthew Phillips.

In ninth over­all, Alaw Beynon-Thomas was the first fe­male ath­lete back home in 38:09, four min­utes faster than the win­ning time recorded 12 months ago.

She was fol­lowed over the line by Am­man Val­ley Har­ri­ers’ Sioned How­ells (38:37) and Car­marthen Har­ri­ers’ Wendy Price (42:01).

Swansea Har­rier Beynon-Thomas said: “The main aim was to en­joy to­day as I’ve had some tough races over the past month or so.

“The event was great and very well or­gan­ised. I went out fairly hard but the weather made the hilly course very hard but I’m happy to get the win as well as the West Wales ti­tle too. The win was a nice boost be­fore go­ing into a block of train­ing be­fore rac­ing in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.”

The top three male fin­ish­ers in the Am­man­ford 10k were Llanelli AC run­ners David Keenan, Dean Sum­mers and Ni­cholas Shee­han.

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