Following a record number of entries, the Women’s Running Race Series event in Cardiff kicked off the 2017 programme in style.
Fresh, sunny weather greeted runners in Bute Park as they arrived to get ready for the 5K, 10K and new one-mile races. The colourful event village showcased support from the National Charity Partner, NSPCC; Good Full Stop, the Healthy Snack Partner; and Boobydoo, the Specialist Apparel Partner; Roots Collective, the Healthy Blend Partner; and Saka, the Official Water Partner.
Before the race, there were interviews with some of the runners including the Race Ambassador for the event, Kerllen Maciel – aka blogger and Instagram star Healthy Fit Mum. Kerllen, originally from Brazil but now living near Aberdare, talked about how running had helped her regain her mental and physical fitness after the birth of her first daughters. Kerllen went on to run the 10K while her two daughters took part in the family One Mile later in the morning.
Also heading up a mother-and-daughter team was local lady Louise Tuson, who talked about why she was running to raise money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK. She ran the mile with her daughters, Georgia and Riley, after a great effort in the 10K.
Pacer Vicky Hillman was on hand to explain how the WRRS pacers work, and we finished the pre-event activities with a lively warm-up from the team at PureGym Cardiff Gate and Cardiff Central, rounded off with a special (all-male) section to Beyonce’s Single Ladies… No, they didn’t quite have the dance moves nailed, but it was a great way to raise the pulse!
With everyone ready to race, the 5K and 10K runners set off around the park, led by our excellent pacing team. The route had been altered slightly, due to the UEFA Champions League village being set up in the park, but still took in the beautiful Taff Trail, peaceful parkland and shaded avenues. First home in the 10K was Danielle Phillips from Ebbw Vale, in 41:43, who said: “It was really good. I run for Parc Bryn Bach running club and I run here sometimes for Cardiff parkrun, so I know the route quite well, and I’ve been training on the Bryn Park parkrun ready for the race too. I got a PB, so I’m happy with that!”
Another local lady, Shaheen Harris from Cardiff, was one of several runners who doubled up and ran the one-mile event – which started after the last 10K finisher had come home, so that runners had the chance to try both (and run with their children and partners too!). Shaheen said, “It was absolutely brilliant. I did the 10K last year, and I had to do it again this year, it wasn’t a personal best but wonderful atmosphere! I did the one mile so I’ve got double bling and hopefully I’ll run it next year as well.”
Top three: 10K
Top three: 5K