Introducing the Cambrian News VIRTUAL Aberystwyth Charity 10k!
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 will be donated to St John Ambulance Wales.
UK Athletics Race licence number 2020-41105
Entries are LIVE on this link:
Entry fee £8, your 10k race to be completed any time from Tuesday 1st December to Monday 7th December 2020.
Once you have entered, you will receive an e-mailed receipt and a confirmation e-mail. You should keep the confirmation e-mail in case you wish to transfer your entry to someone else (by simply editing your details to theirs).
Closer to race date, you will receive an e-mail with a downloadable race number, which you can print off and wear for a more realistic race experience!
You then walk, jog or run a 10k route of your choice and submit your result on-line (full details on how to do this will be provided by e-mail), then your result will appear on the leaderboard and this will be followed by a downloadable printable “virtual” medal!
Every finisher will also receive a commemorative coaster by post, kindly provided through sponsorship from the Cambrian News.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
- Follow government guidance regarding how many people you run with, maintaining social distancing, and travel restrictions in place at the time.
- Plan your route to avoid busy places, or run at a less busy time, being considerate and giving way to other path users.
- Tell someone where you’re going and carry “In Case of Emergency” contact details.
- It’s advisable to wear hi-viz/reflective clothing, especially if running in poor light or on public roads.
- The race is licensed by UK Athletics and participants are therefore covered for third party/public liability insurance. *Please Note* this insurance cover is only valid if you abide by UK Athletics race rules regarding: No headphones; No racing with dogs; No racing while pushing a buggy.
Feel free to use the regular Aberystwyth 10k route shown below!
Keep up to date during the lead up to this years event using the Aber 10K facebook group.
Male: Carwyn Jones, Cardiff AAC, 32:13 (2015)
Female: Carys Hughes, Les Croupiers, 37:13 (2015)
-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!
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!
Aber 10k – 2019 https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events