Dewi Griffiths, Ben Connor and Lily Partridge will be the star attractions at the ABP Barry Island 10k on Sunday morning.
The scenic event starts and finishes at Barry Island, following an undulating route around the popular seaside town and hosting the fourth and final fixture in the 2023 Run 4 Wales 10km Series.
Griffiths (28:27) will be looking to take victory in Barry and perhaps better the course record that he set in the inaugural edition of the race in 2018 with 29:48. The Swansea Harrier is the current Welsh Champion over 10km, Half Marathon & Marathon and is rarely beaten on Welsh soil.
Connor (28:10) is the fastest in the field this time around however and was the winner of the Great South Run in 2022 with a swift 47:19 over 10 miles. His most recent outing over 10km came in second place with a time of 29:18 at the Podium 10km race in Barrowford last July.
Phil Wylie (29:30) and Shaun Antell (29:34) are regulars at Run 4 Wales events with Antell finishing as the runner up in Porthcawl last month and looking to complete the Run 4 Wales Series in Barry.
Dan Hamilton (30:17) won the local SSAFA 5km Series last week and is the next fastest on paper, representing Pontypridd Roadents.
Evergreen master athlete and former professional Triathlete Adam Bowden (30:30) was the winner last time and will be returning to defend his crown.
The women’s race will see Lily Partridge (33:03) return to racing in Wales following course record setting victories at the Helena Tipping 10km in Wrexham and at the Ogi Porthcawl 10k in early July. Prior to her recent Welsh victories, the Birchfield Harrier competed at the Mastercard New York 10k in June, finishing in a time of 33:15.
2022 Welsh 10km Champion Olivia Tsim (33:48) was the winner here 12 months ago and will be in action once again, as will Megan Davis (34:01) who set her P.B. when finishing third at the ABP Newport Wales Marathon in April and prior to that finished fifth in Cardiff Bay.
Caryl Edwards (32:28) is in fact the fastest on paper and is returning to fitness so will be an athlete of interest here. The Swansea Harrier was pleased to be back in action in Porthcawl despite the windy conditions, finishing fifth with a time of 36:23.
The women’s race will perhaps offer more depth than the men’s this time with Alaw Evans (34:57), Kate Roberts (35:03), Lucy Marland (35:15) and recently crowned Welsh Inter-Regional 10km Champion Donna Morris (35:44) also racing.