Thank you to everyone, timekeepers, first aid, photographers, all helpers, Max Boyce, Glynneath Social Club  and finally the athletes who made the Glynneath 5 a success again this year.   




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RACE PHOTOS - courtesy of Glyn & Gerald Davies - please click on the thumbnails for full size images



Swansea Harrier, Chris Carpanini led the Glynneath Boxing Day 5 mile road race, from start to finish. He quickly opened a gap and at the half-way mark he was 400 metres clear of the other 240 runners.

He finished alone, in an excellent time of 24mins, 40 seconds, 600 metres ahead of the next runner. This 21 year old runner had previously completed the race on two occasions finishing in the top 10 each time. He has now come of age with this brilliant performance in the pouring rain.

Young Deri Stewart of Neath Harriers came 2nd in a fast time of 26minutes 44 seconds. This 18 year old has grown up into this race, previously finishing 10th and 6th. Focusing on the triathlon as his main sport he has his sights firmly set on the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

The ladies race as a repeat victory for Kate Roberts in a fine time of 29minutes 29 seconds. This Swansea Harrier ran an almost identical race when she was victorious 12 months previous. She also led Swansea Ladies to victory in the Team Event. 

The “outstanding” performance Trophy went to Ifan Lloyd, an international veteran runner of 55years of age. He came in 8th out of the 241 runners in a great time of 28mins 20 seconds. What a performance for a 55 year old! He also led the Swansea Harriers Veteran team to victory.

Another outstanding performance was that of Awen Lewis of Neath Harriers. This 15 year old from Ystalyfera Comprehensive School set a juniors course record of 33mins 37 seconds. What a future lies ahead for this very young athlete!

The “Open Team Gwent” was won by Aberdare V.A.A.C led by 4th place Daniel Bodman. They narrowly beat Swansea Harriers for the Blue Riband Trophy.

The local winners were Daniel Morgan who finished in 9th place out of 241 runners in a very fast time of 29minutes 13 seconds. Having only started running 18 months ago he has rapidly developed into a fine young runner. Female winner Aimee Morgan, a 20 year old having her first run ever, won the local ladies trophy in a time of exactly 39 minutes. 

The special open trophies were won as follows:
(a) Father & Son – Phil & Daniel White
(b) Father & Daughter – Kneath & Laura Phillippart
(c) Mother & Son – Lesley & Lewis Mainwaring
(d) Mother & Daughter – Lee Michele & Lisa Jayne Jones
(e) Husband & Wife – Damian & Nicola Gethin

The 241 runners, ages, varied from the youngest 15 year old and the oldest 81 year old. Runners from all over South Wales were in the majority, while two runners came from far away – a female runner from Norway & a male runner from Latvia. 

The Wheelchair athlete Sian Hughes from Parc Bryn Bach improved on last year’s performance by a massive 30 minutes. Well done, Sian!

Local Celebrity Max Boyce started the race with his customary aplomb




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