LOCAL runner Gareth Ayres crossed the finishing line of the challenging Beast of Bryn run this year almost five minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
The Port Talbot Harriers member ran the 15-mile course in just one hour and 39 minutes, taking the first place in a field of experienced runners from all over Wales, the UK and beyond.
The race is known as the Beast of Bryn, or Bwystfil Bryn, after a number of supposed big cat sightings in the area, but it is also well known for its challenging and mountainous terrain.
Passing through some of the Afan Valley’s most picturesque scenery, the run attracts both experienced and novice runners to take on its 15-mile and slightly easier 6.8-mile routes.
Children also took part in a shorter two-kilometre version of the race. The event was sponsored again this year by Tata Steel.