Record entry in sight for Richard Burton run

7 April 2012

A RECORD entry is in prospect for the 2012 Richard Burton 10k Heritage Run which takes place in the Afan Valley today (Sunday, April 8).

A scene from last year's race.

“We have had 100 pre-entries, which is a lot more than usual, and we are hoping for a turnout of up to 400 runners,” said race director Derek Bines.

“There is a new course this year that goes over the aqueduct and past Richard Burton’s childhood home in Pontrhydyfen. It is designed to appeal more to fun runners while at the same time providing a real challenge for the top quality athletes.

“And as the race is now a points accumulator for the Welsh Athletics Order of Merit, it is must for the top Welsh runners.”

The Cwmavon-based race, held in memory of actor Richard Burton, has benefited over the past five years from sponsorship funding by Tata Steel, and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary with a prize pot totalling £1,700.

It will include a mile-long fun run.

As main sponsors, Tata Steel funding will provide commemorative T-shirts and chip timing for 10k runners. The fun run competitors will receive other gifts and prizes.

All proceeds from the one-mile race will go to the Cystic Fibrosis charity.

The event starts and finishes at Cwmavon Community Centre, with the fun run kicking off at 10.15am and the 10k at 11.15am.

Parking is available at Dylans Club, the Welfare car park, opposite the Co-Op, and any side roads. Parking on main roads and at the community centre is forbidden.

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