ABER 10K 2021

The 23rd Cambrian News Aberystwyth Charity 10k took place on Sunday 5th December 2021 at 13:00hrs.

  • UKA Race Licence number 2021-39913
  • Course Measurement Number 15/466


Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions and precautions, this year’s event was more low-key than usual with a smaller number of entries (444), but we were lucky to have sunny conditions – though there was a brisk headwind for the final kilometre back along the Prom! Despite this, many runners achieved Personal Best times and both the male and female course records came within seconds of tumbling. The race has raised around £2,000 for the Hywel Dda appeal for a Chemo unit, a cause that the race’s founder, Cllr Carl Williams, would have thoroughly approved of as he founded the race to raise funds for cancer charities. Several runners were also raising funds for charities of their choice, including Wales Air Ambulance, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Trust, and Brain Tumour Research.

This year’s race winner was Ollie Thorogood (currently South West Road Runners but as he was born and bred in Aberystwyth we claim him as one of our own!). Ollie also came first in the 2019 and 2018 races, as well as the Virtual race in 2020 – an excellent streak! The winning lady Ffion Price (Maldwyn Harriers) is a well-known and very successful local athlete, well deserving of her win at her first outing to the Aberystwyth 10k.

A summary of podium positions, age group winners, and team winners is shown below; full results are on chiptimes.biz.

HUGE THANKS to the dozens of volunteers who were all doing the right thing in the right place at the right time, with happy faces to encourage the runners – without them none of this would be possible!

Summary of Results (chip times)

1st Male Oliver Thorogood South West Road Runners 32:36 MSEN ; 2nd Male Janos Vranek Aberystwyth AC 33:44 MU20; 3rd Male Gethin Davies 34:14 MSEN

1st Female Ffion Price Maldwyn Harriers 37:54 FSEN; 2nd Female Lou Summers Torfaen Runners 41:21 F50; 3rd Female Zara Bowman 43:07 FSEN;

FU20 Nia Teifi Rees 53:53; F35 Elen Roberts Aberystwyth AC 47:22; F40 Delyth Jackson 45:08; F45 Shan Lawson Aberystwyth AC 48:37; F50 Lou Summers Torfaen Runners 41:21; F55 Gunvor Troelson Builth & District RC 49:33; F60 Melanie Graham Builth & District RC 59:25; F65 Oona Crawford 56:08; F70 Rose Thomas Rhayader AC 55:50; F75 Marjorie Griffiths Bro Dysynni AC 1:22:01

MU20 Janos Vranek Aberystwyth AC 33:44; M35 Adam Davies Cardiff AAC 35:08; M40 Owain Schiavone Aberystwyth AC 34:17; M45 Mark Whitehead Aberystwyth AC 37:27; M50 Paul Williams Aberystwyth AC 38:54; M55 Richard Jones Shrewsbury AC 39:46; M60 Damian Sidnell Aberystwyth AC 43:21; M65 Clive Williams Aberystwyth AC 49:15; M70 Richard Marks Sarn Helen RC 43:43; M75 Raymond Sharratt Rhayader AC 53:54

Running Club placings:

1st Aberystwyth AC: Janos Vranek (2nd), Owain Schiavone (4th), Edward Land (5th); 2nd Cardiff AAC: Adam Davies (7th), James Cowan (8th), Tomos Roberts (14th); 3rd Sarn Helen: George Eadon (18th), Johnathan Price (33rd), Richard Marks (53rd)

Business Team Winner

Aberphysio: Iestyn Lawson, Shan Lawson, Jonathan Lawson



  • Participants must be 15 years old or more on the date of the race
  • No buggies or other wheeled vehicles can take part in the race
  • No dogs to accompany participants
  • In-ear or over-ear headphones must not be worn as the race route is open to other members of the public, including cyclists. Bone conducting headphones may be used.
  • Wear the race number on your front.
  • No littering!
  • There is no cut-off time for the race but the race organisers reserve the right to use the sweep vehicle/runner to withdraw participants who are taking so long to complete the distance that they are putting themselves or the marshals at risk. In the past, all runners have completed the race within approximately 90 minutes.
  • By entering the race it is assumed that you agree that any photos taken can appear on social media and in the local press, and be used as promotional material for future races.


  • Do not attend if you have Covid symptoms (high temperature; new continuous cough; loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste), or if you are self-isolating.
  • Take a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours before the event.
  • Bring hand sanitiser and a face mask to wear in crowded areas or toilets.
  • Avoid bringing large numbers of supporters/spectators.
  • Come prepared to run before the race, and disperse promptly after the race.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible – no hugs or high-fives!
  • Carry out nasal clearance hygienically into a tissue (disposed of correctly).
  • If you develop Covid symptoms after the event, report via the NHS Covid App https://covid19.nhs.uk.
  • DO NOT GIVE YOUR RACE NUMBER TO ANOTHER RUNNER without transferring the details on-line – we MUST have an accurate record of all attendees.


  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Any outer wear for keeping warm before or after the race should be carried in a waist pack or backpack, or tied round your waist – there is no bag drop facility this year.
  • There will be manned First Aid stations at the start/finish and at the halfway (5k) point, as well as an ambulance. In the event of accident or illness during the race, inform a race marshal (or ask another runner to do so) and they will call for assistance.
  • There will be a tail runner who can also summon a vehicle if a runner is unable to continue.


The race may be cancelled if:

  • National Covid guidelines make it impossible to hold the race due to size limits on gatherings etc.
  • Weather conditions such as ice, snow, or severe storms make it dangerous to travel to the event or affect the safety of runners and volunteers.

In the event of cancellation, all runners will be transferred to a Virtual event and will be provided with a 1-week window to run 10k on a route of their choice, and instructions on how to submit their results. Medals for a virtual race would be sent out by post.

Facebook Group

Keep up to date during the lead up to this years event using the Aber 10K facebook group.

Aber 10K Group

Course Records

Male: Carwyn Jones, Cardiff AAC, 32:13 (2015)
Female: Carys Hughes, Les Croupiers, 37:13 (2015)

Race Route

Aberystwyth 10K course

-Start and finish are North of the bandstand, opposite the main entrance of the Marine Hotel.
-Run to the South end of the prom, round the harbour, down the road under Trefechan Bridge, onto the red-painted cycle path, and follows the cycle path behind the football club and police station.
-Continue on the right-hand track towards Starling Cloud and the 3k mark, then follow the path where it bears right, and turn right onto the footbridge leading to Min y Ddol.
-Follow Min y Ddol to where it joins the main road at Pen y Bont hill, turn left down this road then sharp left under the road bridge. Immediately turn sharp left again up the ramp onto the pavement.
-Follow the pavement all the way to Blaendolau gate, taking the short cut through Coed Aber (The 5k water station will be on the grassy bit just as you go through Blaendolau gate)
-Continue along the path and turn right just before the green footbridge, following the path round the playing fields and under the road bridge again. Keep straight on behind Morrisons then turn right on the gravel track past the entrances to Cae Ceredig and Ystwyth Surgery. Turn left at the main road and follow the pavement till it rejoins the cycle track at the police station, then the rest is the reverse of the outward journey!
*** PLEASE NOTE that the 1km and 9km markers are in the same place, as are the 2km and 8km markers. The 3km and 7km markers are opposite each other on the cycle path / footpath respectively. The race will, of course, be fully marked and marshalled!

Race History

The Aberystwyth Charity 10k is a fast, flat race following roads and paths around the town that takes runners along the promenade, through the harbour, and around the Rheidol river’s edge to finish back at the race registration.  At Carl Williams’ instigation the race was first held in 1999. Since then it has grown into one of the most popular flat road races in mid-Wales. 

The first race in 1999 was jointly organised between Carl, Aberystwyth Athletic Club and Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise funds for the charity. It was an immediate success so the event continues and in 2001 Macmillan Cancer Support took over Marie Curie Cancer Care’s role. The original route started outside Woolworths (now Poundland) in Great Darkgate Street and consisted of several laps around town. In later years, as the race grew, Race HQ was in Plascrug Leisure Centre and the route took runners to the outskirts of town around Blaendolau. 

In 2010 the race was adopted by the Cambrian News as part of their 150 year celebrations. 

In 2015 there had to be a new route – hourly trains replaced the 2-hourly schedule to Aberystwyth so there wasn’t a safe “gap” for runners to cross the railway line. Increases in traffic also meant that the road crossings in the route caused massive traffic congestion, so a new route was devised to avoid major road crossings. 

The course records for the new route were set in the inaugural year, 2015, and have yet to be beaten!

2020 Cambrian News VIRTUAL Aberystwyth Charity 10k


Race Report:

The Cambrian News Virtual Aberystwyth Charity 10k took place from 1st to 7th December. The “real” event, scheduled for the 6th December, would have been the 22nd edition of this well-established local race, but obviously couldn’t take place due to Coronavirus restrictions. Instead, a Virtual race was held, where runners could run 10k wherever they wanted to (one runner ran her race in Singapore!) during the first week of December and submit their results on-line. There were no prizes because routes, weather conditions etc were so variable, but all finishers have been sent a commemorative coaster designed by Juliette Daum of Ysbyty Ystwyth and manufactured in Herefordshire, and sponsored by the Cambrian News.

Fastest finisher was Ollie Thorogood, born and raised in Aberystwyth but now a member of South West Road Runners of Exeter, in a fantastic time of 33:26. Ollie was also the winner of the 2019 and 2018 Aberystwyth Charity 10k races! In 2nd place was Scott Hudspith – previously of Aberystwyth University Harriers, now running for Coventry Godiva Harriers – in 34:07. In 3rd place was Owain Schiavone of Aberystwyth AC in 34:35, a time which also won his age category of M40.

In the Ladies race, Caryl Davies of Llanilar was fastest in 43:21. Caryl has previously come 2nd in the 2017 Aberystwyth Charity 10k. In 2nd place was Lynwen Huxtable of Aberystwyth AC in 46:51, a time which puts her first in the F50 age category. The 3rd place was taken by Helen Carter of Presteigne Pacers in 46:58, which puts her first in the F55 age category!

Full age category results are: MU20 Isaac Ayres, Aberystwyth AC, 37:50; M40 Owain Schiavone, Aberystwyth AC, 34:35; M45 Mark Whitehead, Aberystwyth AC, 36:58; M50 Paul Williams, Aberystwyth AC, 38:49; M55 Richard Hankinson, Meirionydd RC, 47:36; M60 Damian Sidnell, Aberystwyth AC, 44:05; M65 Nich Bradley, Meirionydd RC, 49:52; M70 David Dowsett, 57:41.

F35 Lianne Rollinson, Builth & District RC, 52:01; F40 Laura McKensie, Betsi Runaways, 48:46; F45 Clare Lancaster, 58:06; F50 Lynwen Huxtable, Aberystwyth AC, 46:51; F55 Helen Carter, Presteigne Pacers, 46:58; F60 Julie Harris, 53:28; F65 Anita Worthing, Aberystwyth AC, 47:58; F70 Amanda Coulson, 58:36; F75 Marjorie Griffiths, Bro Dysynni AC, 1:30:06.

A huge Thank You to everyone who took part, from the really competitive people who wore their race numbers and club vests to make it more realistic, to those who just did it for fun and chose a scenic, hilly off-road course, or just walked the distance! All proceeds (£533.70) were donated to St John Ambulance Wales.

Previous Results

Aber 10k – 2019 https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

Aber 10K – 2018

Aber 10K – 2017

Aber 10K – 2016

1-Mile Prom Dash Results:

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