Another world record for super-vet runner Martin Rees
VETERAN road runner Martin Rees celebrated yet another world record when he smashed his own 10k best in Cardiff.
The 60-year-old retired steelworker from Cwmavon clocked 32 minutes and 48 seconds to break his own world best of 32:56 set at Bristol earlier this year.
It was the latest in a host of records claimed by Rees since he turned 60 in February.
In near-perfect conditions in the Welsh capital, 2012 Nairobi Half Marathon winner Kimutai led from early on and never looked like surrendering his lead to win in 29:04 from Eritrean Weynay Ghebresilasie (29:31). Sale's Matthew Bond took third in 29:34. Marc Hobbs (Swansea Harriers), who won both the 3,000m and 10,000m Welsh titles this year, ran his fastest 10k since 2007 to finish sixth in a time of 30:14.
In the women's race Shaftesbury's Rachel Felton caused an upset with a new PB of 33:27 to finish ahead of pre-race favourite Gladys Ruto from Kenya (33:57).
Lauren Deadman (Havering Mayesbrook) was third in 34:33, with Bridgend AC's Kate Roberts first Welsh female home in fourth place and with a new PB of 35:03.
Sunday's race also incorporated inter-area matches between Wales, North of England and the Combined Services (men) and Wales and Midland Counties (women).
The North of England took the men's contest thanks largely to sub-29 performances from Bond and Anthony Ford (29:44), with Wales second and the Combined Services third.
Welsh scorers were Hobbs, Josh Griffiths (31:14PB), Chris Davies (31:14) on his return from injury and Jon Hopkins (31:14), who was representing Wales for the first time.
Kate Roberts's 35:03 helped Wales to a win over Midland Counties, with the other Welsh scorers Sian Edwards (36:12) and Katie Parry (36:38).