PHOTOS – Cardiff 10k

A record breaking figure of nearly 4000 competitors turned up on a rather dry and bright Sunday morning in September to take part in the Cardiff 10k race.
Cardiff 10k - 2013
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Cardiff 10k - 2013
Thousands congregated around Cardiff City hall ready for the start at 10am.
Last minute stretches and warm-up exercises were completed whilst others chose to take a last minute dash to the toilet!

A host of celebrities have participated in the 10k over the years including Katherine Jenkins, Alex Jones, Nathan Cleverley, Matt Johnson and Jamie Baulch.
The only one I spotted this year was the MP for Monmouth David Davies – completing his stretches just before he set off.
Cardiff 10k - 2013
And so the chimes rung out from the City hall clock where Cardiff Blues and Lions rugby star Alex Cuthbert officially began the race.
Cardiff 10k - 2013
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The route snaked it’s way around Cardiff Castle and up through Cathedral Road before completing a circuit of Llandaf Fields and returning back to the city centre. This resulted in only a few road closures for less than two hours!
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013

Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013

The elite runners were located at the front and got off to a flying start – by the time it took me to get to the junction of Cathedral Road and Cowbridge Road they had already completed the circuit across Llandaf fields and were already making their way via Sophia Gardens and back towards the City Hall!
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013
The photo above is of the winner Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai from Kenya who completed the race in 29:04.
A handful of other participants were passing him still to reach the 2km marker – but most had large costumes on which looked quite cumbersome to run in!
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Cardiff 10k - 2013

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Cardiff 10k - 2013
The 7km marker was on Canton Bridge where many runners still looked really fresh and kept on running at pace.

Next the route took a nice detour via Bute Park complete with the fantastic greenery and colour this park offers.
Cardiff 10k - 2013
Cardiff 10k - 2013

There has been a positive response to the organisation, course, money raised and of course the weather! The rain held off til after 11am and it was only a swift shower!

Best of luck to everyone running the Cardiff Half Marathon next!

The full photoset can be viewed by pressing play on the slideshow below or visiting the following link:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/djleekee/sets/72157635428668489/

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