Half marathon one of the biggest in Wales
STEPHEN Paterson beat off competition from more than 2,800 runners to win the 2013 Llanelli half marathon on Sunday.
Paterson of Cardiff running club Les Croupiers finished in a fantastic time of one hour 12 minutes and 19 seconds.
That was just under a minute behind Steve Davies of Swansea Harriers, who came home in 1:13.12. Third was Mathew Edmonds in 1:13.25.
The number of entrants made it the third largest road running event in Wales.
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The weather was perfect for running and suited a diverse entry that included runners from across the UK, Europe and even New Jersey, USA.
In the female category, Lauren Jeska of Aberystwyth AC finished first with a superb time of 1:19.33.
Second home for the women was Jessica Parry-Williams of Les Croupiers (1:20.40) and third was Victoria Rawes (1:22.53).
There was success all the way through the field of runners, with many posting personal bests.
Many others completed their very first half marathon.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds were also raised by the runners for many worthy causes and charities.
There was even a family fun run this year with a large number of children and adults taking part in a run around Parc y Scarlets.
The youngest athletes to take part were Cai Morgan and Joseph Irwin, both aged two.
Last weekend's event was the biggest and most successful race in the half marathon's eight-year history.
The race is already regarded as one of the best in the UK by readers of Runners World and is West Wales's premier mass participation running event.
On April 21 the fourth Llanelli Star Great Welsh Marathon will take place, and in the summer there will be a series of 5k and family fun runs.
They are scheduled for August and will also include the Welsh Championships for the distance.