Richard Burton’s legacy was well and truly alive when nearly 700 avid runners and 300 children took to the streets of Cwmafan for the 33rd Tata Steel Richard Burton 10k race and 2k fun run.
The event organised by Graham Rowland and Shaun Tobin, both employees of Tata Steel based at Port Talbot, was deemed the most successful in the events history.
This year the event attracted more running clubs and individual runners than ever before. The event was made even more successful by the record numbers of spectators who lined the streets of Cwmafan to cheer the runners on.
Dewi Griffiths of Swansea Harriers was first over the line in an impressive 30:24 minutes, with Jon Hopkins and Chris Carpanini in close contention with times of 31:10 and 31:31 respectively.
Clara Evans for Pontypridd Roadants took the title for the women in a time of 36:46 minutes with Carys Hughes (37:13 min) and Kate Roberts (37:33 min) not far behind.
The race also exceeded all expectations when it came to the money raised for charity. This year donations totalled £10,000! All money raised is to be presented to local charities within the community.
Graham Rowland commented: “This year we’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of runners taking part and the energy of the younger runners in the 2k race was phenomenal. Organising such an event can be hard work but it is all worth it when you are able to witness the enthusiasm of the community.”
Shaun Tobin added: “The money raised has been brilliant and I’m very proud that we have been able to help so many local charities.”