Cement run winner Dai sets record
DRAYMAN Dai Britton smashed the course record when he barreled over the finishing line in yesterday's Kilvey Hill Cement Run.
Clocking a time of 10min 14sec, the wiry 31-year-old knocked around half a minute off the previous course record.
Urged on by his trainer and last year's winner, James Davies, Dai said afterwards that he had been suffering from flu for the last few days.
But the Tradeteam employee, of Llamsamlet, added that work had been particularly busy in the run-up to the bank holiday as pubs stocked up on beer, giving him extra opportunities to shoulder heavy loads.
Asked what the hardest part of lugging a 50kg cement bag up a steep, one-mile trail on a sweltering summer's day was, he replied: "The whole hill. And my shoelace came undone."
Runner-up was Scott Evans, a previous winner from Winch Wen who finished in a time of 10min 39sec, matching last year's second place.
"It's worse because you know what's coming," said the 29-year-old postman.
"You can see why they call it the 'Kilvey killer'."
The end of the 2012 Cement Run:
Third to cross the line - carrying a mere 25kg of cement - was Nia Dainton, a Wetherspoon manager from Gorseinon. I'm really happy - it was really hard," said the 24-year-old, who beat the 11-minute mark by a second.
"I only decided to do it a couple of weeks ago."
The cement run is now in its 24th year and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
It was started by the late ex-boxer and trainer Nigel Page, 42, who wanted to do something to thank Singleton Hospital's special care baby unit, which cared for his daughter Kirsty after she was born.
Organiser Richard "Rocky" Reynolds, who is Kirsty's godfather, said money raised from this year's event would be split between Morriston Hospital organ donation and transplant team and the family of Manselton man Gary "Cranko" Williams, who died after suffering a heart attack in July at the age of 45.
He thanked Swansea-based Premier Cement for providing the cement.
Three-time competitor Kirsty, 24, of Llanelli, was in the thick of things yesterday. "It's nice to raise money and it keeps the memory (of her father) going," she said, adding that everyone looked forward to a couple of well-earned post-race pints at the Bonymaen Inn, Talfan Road.