Congratulations to everyone who took part in the first race of the Women’s Running 10K Race Series 2015 yesterday in Bute Park, Cardiff. The event saw 430 runners cross the line of the 5K and 10K races, some ladies running their first ever event, others
thrilled to be achieving a 10K PB. Alongside the hundreds of runners taking part, we were delighted to see so many marshals come down to Bute Park to help out, all of whom did an incredible job supporting the events’ team and the runners.
Despite the slightly damp conditions, Cardiff, as ever, saw runners in positive spirits, heightened by the bright and bubbly appearance of comedy queen Ruth Jones. With hundreds of you following her daily blog in the run up to the event, many of you were excited to run alongside her in the 5K race and, of course, grab a selfie! Before the race, Ruth helped to settle the nerves of lots of our runners with her inspirational words and side-splitting humour. She said:
“Just know you’re going to have a great time. You can always walk. There’s always that option. When you’re running with everybody, there’s just something about the camaraderie of the day, and all of these lovely women who have come together to run at the same time, at the same place, in this beautiful park in Cardiff, that will really get you along. Just enjoy yourselves.”
Louise Flynn, who came third in the event last year, took first place in a time of 40mins 22secs. Louise, who has been running for six years, runs regularly in 10Ks and half marathons, but tells us she is yet to conquer the marathon. Laura Newitt was the winner of the 5K event, running a time of 30mins 15secs.
Amber Bullingham came in second in a time of 41mins 26secs. A keen club runner for “Almost Athletes” running club, Amber started running in 2010 when she became a regular reader of Women’s Running. She said:
“When I started running it was all alone, and reading your magazine made me feel like I was part of a community; knowing there were other women out there facing the same challenges was really inspiring.”
Keen to share her passion for running and to inspire others, Amber encouraged her sister to start running and, yesterday, waved her over the line of her first 10K. “She only starting running at the end of last year and I encouraged her to enter the Women’s Running 10K because, (after running at Blaise Castle last year), I knew it would be a friendly, fun environment for her to get her first taste of a proper race,” said Amber.
“Yesterday was the culmination of her hard work as she ran her furthest distance ever, with the biggest smile on her face the whole way round! I was delighted to come second but the biggest star of the day for me was Jade.”
Also running in her first ever 10K race, Pille-Piinn Pedmanson came third, running a time of 44mins 22secs. Pille-Pinn was delighted to be placed in the top three runners at her first ever 10K. Tweeting about the race afterwards, she said:
“First 10K race today and third place @Womensrunninguk rewarded with Prosecco and trainers from @skechersGO :)”
The three winners were each presented with a bottle of champagne and a pair of the latest running shoes from Skechers for their achievements.
Here’s some more of your tweets and comments about the race:
“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today. The marshals were so encouraging, the run through the park and alongside the river was inspiring and I smashed my PB thanks to the 60 min pacer. It was only the third time I had ever run as far as 10k and all of the organisation and everything I have mentioned powered me through.
Thank you Women’s Running magazine. I’ll be marshalling at Southampton in 2 week’s time and cheering on everyone there.” – Victoria McCallum
“I ran the race last year and was a first time marshal this year….fab race and huge congrats to all the inspiring runners!!” – Jolie Griffiths
“Beautiful location for a race, looking at the river made me forget about getting tired!” – Jenny Orpwood
“Great morning running the women’s 10k in Cardiff today and a new PB of 55:06.” – Lou Bullock
WATCH the race video here: