Thousands of runners take part in Cardiff St David’s Day run

March 3, 2013 No Comments »

More than 2,000 of runners braved Cardiff’s chilly weather today to raise money for charity in the annual St David’s Day run.

The event, staged in Bute Park and organised by the British Military Forces (BMF), raises money for Cancer Research Wales and other elected charities.

Nathan Gibbons, operations manager at BMF, said: “This is the tenth year we’ve done it, and it’s the biggest event we’ve had so far with about 2,100 runners entering.

“The more money raised in Wales and spent in Wales, the better.”

Kieran Hale, 17, who won the 10km with a time of 33 minutes and 12 seconds, said: “I really enjoyed the course. It’s good to win but it is better to have a good time. This race is special as it is a charity event as well.”

The 5km event was won by Miles Burton, 16, with a time of 15 minutes and 45 second.

Last across the finish line was 88-year-old Harold Mills, who said: “I am raising money for the British Heart Foundation. Depending on how I feel I will do it again next year. I have run 170 races – I used to be a runner and did the marathon and half marathon.”

Joining them was 11-time Paralympic swimming gold medalist David Roberts, who was raining money for Cancer Research Wales.

He said: “I’ll do more because I enjoyed it, but I’m a swimmer – I would have happily swam up and down the Taff. My grandad passed away from cancer so I ran in memory of him.”

The youngest winner of the day was 11-year-old Carl Thomas, who competed in the 1km race.

Students at Cardiff’s Motivational Preparation College for Training helped run the event.

Huw Lewis, managing director at MPCT, said: “Today we’ve had 60 students from Cardiff doing the marshalling, as well as competing in fun runs, tug of war competitions and team building activities.

“We have raised tens of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research today. It’s a very positive thing for young people to take responsibility for themselves and actually give back to the community.”

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