A charity group run was organised for the first time on the streets of Ammanford Town Centre and the surrounding area this morning, Sunday (Dec 23).

It wasn’t just an opportunity for runners to meet up and run together as we enter the final few days of the current year, but they also ran to raise money for a good cause in the lead up to Christmas, which would prove worthwhile.

A grey and drizzly Sunday morning on the eve of the festive period in Carmarthenshire didn’t dampen spirits as a large number of local club athletes as well as those not involved in a club gathered outside the Job Centre in the middle of town for the short briefing.

In amongst the near 50 athletes present were Amman Valley Harriers Running Club and ATAC Ammanford Triathlon Club members, who turned out in force for the route around their local streets.

They were also joined by other individuals who also have a love for running.

It raised money for the Ammanford Foodbank and Toy Appeal, with the charities likely to benefit from the donations received.

Athletes of all abilities were able to get involved and join in, thanks to the five different distances that they could choose from.

They ranged from 3.5 miles through to 5.5 miles, 6.5 miles, 8.2 miles and the longer 12.5 miles. Runners headed towards the Pontaman, Glanamman, Garnant and Brynamman destinations before returning the same direction.

On completion of the run, those in attendance gathered at the newly opened Coal Town Coffee for the chance to socialise and enjoy in each other’s company.

Speaking on Sunday, Organiser Nick Griffiths was delighted with the turnout and the morning itself. He said: “Thanks to everyone who took part in today’s event, great effort by all. We were delighted with the donations received for the local Foodbank and Toy appeal, which came to £300 in total.”

“It is hoped that this will be made an annually event in the calendar following this year’s run.”

The event proved to be a great success, with runners taking to social media to thank those who put it all together shortly afterwards.

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