ALL roads led to Parc Y Scarlets as thousands of enthusiastic runners arrived to take part in the 2019 Llanelli Half Marathon today, Sunday (Feb 10).

The event began with the only wheelchair participant Richie Powell setting off,  looking to record a personal best. Shortly afterwards thousands of runners took off from the Scarlets rugby stadium.

The route went through Trostre, Machynys, Sandy Water Park, The Millennium Coastal Path and Penclacwydd before finishing back at the stadium.

Speaking shortly before the race, Richie Powell said: “This is what we do and what we train for all winter. Race day with all of these people here is fabulous.

“It’s a big event for the town and the people of Llanelli. Starting and finishing next to the statue of the legend Ray Gravell in Parc Y Scarlets is phenomenal.

“It brings a lot of people to the area and raises awareness of fitness and well being.”

The weather wasn’t too bad with a mixture of rain showers, sunshine and rainbows. It was Matt Clowes who was the first male runner home in a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 44 seconds.

The fastest female runner was Caryl Jones who recorded a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 5 seconds.

Richie Powell finished in 01:19:37

Many of the runners were raising money for charity. We spoke to ‘Mr T’ who was running for Cancer Research.

He said: “It is cold, wet and windy. A typical Llanelli day. Any money that is raised today is going towards a great cause.”

As the athletes dried themselves off and the crowds headed for the warmth of home the organisers will be congratulating themselves for having put on a great event.

It is estimated that 2221 athletes took part.

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