Admiral Swansea Bay 10k: Thousands of runners flock to city
WHETHER it was to raise money for charity or to achieve a personal target, everybody had the same goal in mind — to reach the finishing line of the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.
Thousands of runners flocked to the city from far and wide yesterday to take part in one of the most popular races in Britain.
As well as the main run, there was a series of other races including junior 1k, 3k and 5k races, along with the popular mascot race, which saw the likes of Rocky the road safety rooster and Cyril the Swan compete to be the first across the finishing line.
Many people ran to raise money for charity including Lyn Thomas who ran the course in 43 minutes with his three-year-old daughter Nancy in her pram.
"Nancy has Cystic Fibrosis and running helps her get air into her lungs," the welder, who works for Cuddy, said.
"It helps her and raises awareness of CF. A team of 11 ran the race in Swansea."
Eighty-one-year-old Don Fearns was one of the oldest runners to take part and travelled from Brecon.
"I enjoy running and like the feeling of crossing the finishing line," he said.
"The atmosphere in Swansea is always great, everyone is very supportive. It is always very well organised."
Nigel Jones, events manager and race director for the last 28 years, said the event was always well supported.
"More than 4,000 people took part — it was a great day," he said.
"The atmosphere is always good and people enjoy, whether they are taking part of watching. We have a mixture of professional runners and those who are running for charity or to achieve personal goals. Everybody comes together to create a fun atmosphere."
A band was playing at Oystermouth and people were cheering and banging on saucepans along the route.
Mali Williams, 34, and Hannah Johnson-Hubbard, 26, of Sospan Road Runners and Powerwalkers, said the race was always well supported.
"There is always great support and the band and people cheering you on keeps you going," said Hannah.
"It is an established race that everybody looks forward to."