Welsh Internationals James Hunt, Mike Ward and Olivia Tsim will headline the ABP Barry Island 10k this Sunday.
The popular seaside race returns this weekend with 3,500 competitors set to tackle the course that starts and finishes in Barry Island and takes in a lap of the town and the nearby Knap. Hundreds more are expected to line up in the event’s Junior Races taking place after the main event.
The men’s race will feature a battle between Cardiff AC club mates James Hunt (29:43) and Mike Ward (29:33) who last faced off in the Healthspan Porthcawl 10k where the former finished someway ahead to claim victory in 30:35.
Ward is the fastest of the two on paper though and the Birmingham based athlete has a best track time of 29:16 from the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina from 2019.
West Country man Phil Wylie (29:30) is fastest on paper and Pontypridd Roadent Paul Graham (29:38) is the final sub 30 minute performer in action.
Olivia Tsim (33:58) will be the outright favourite in the women’s race and was a runaway winner at the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run in May with a time of 35:15. The Pontypridd Roadent warmed up for this event with a course record at the Ssafa 5km Road Race Series and P.B. of 16:20 on Wednesday and is joined on the start lists by club mate Chloe Dooley (36:24).
Victoria Kenny (34:42), Welsh Cross Country Champion Lauren Cooper (34:46) and Rachel Brown (35:37) are next fastest.