WITH the sun shining and a gentle breeze in the air Penarth and Dinas Runners made the most of Bank Holiday Monday by taking part in the Cardiff Bay 5 Mile Race.
As the spring marathon season draws to a close the five mile race came as a welcome change to many Penarth runners that had spent the last few months pounding the pavements during lonely long runs.
For others it was their last tough run as they geared up for the Liverpool Marathon just under three weeks away.
The race, which involved a loop of Lloyd George Avenue as well as a run over the Cardiff Bay Barrage and back, also served as a club championship fixture with members desperate to score points in their age categories.
It was a record turnout for the running club, with 38 crossing the finishing line.
Gary Brown was the first Penarth runner to cross the finish line in a time of 30.01.
Clem Clement was next up in 31.30.
Andrew Frayling sneaked in under 32 minutes with 31.56.
Andrew Palmer achieved 32.42.
Chris Nellins 33.28.
Paul Mitchell was not far behind in 34.18.
Malcolm Bradley 34.35.
Knill Baird-Murray was next in 34.43.
Debbie Evans was the first woman from Penarth and Dinas runners to finish line, and was 3rd in her age category, with a time of 34.51.
Christopher Economides achieved a personal best with 34.54.
Mark Taylor, in his first race for the club, finished in 35.38.
Lisa Cleary was the next woman from Penarth to finish in 35.58.
Louise Hunt was hot on her heels with 36.05.
Andrea Hurman was not far behind with 36.20.
Chris Seal was next up in 36.29.
Paul Furlong, who was crowned 1st in his age category Veteran 65's, finished in 37.13.
Steve Goodfellow was a whisker away in 37.15.
Glenn Powell achieved a PB with 37.20.
Ruth Owens achieved 37.52.
Paul Whitmarsh, making a welcome return to racing, finished in 37.57.
Lindsey Hunt 38.15.
Josh Davies 38.54.
Peter Cottnam was next in 39.01.
Steve Hill 39.24.
Claire Phillips 39.42.
Amanda Lynch 39.48.
Yvonne Williams was 1st in her age category, Veteran 55's, in 40.31.
Danielle Rayner 40.50.
Michelle Hoey 40.56.
Jane Blethyn 41.13.
Lyn Evans 41.41.
Jo Hunt, in her first race since returning to club, finished in 41.55.
Janice Clement 42.16.
Andrea Pace 43.41.
Andrea Goodfellow 44.00.
Justine Cass 47.16.
Ian Warburton 48.39.
Rhodri Evans 49.03.
Unfortunately Richard Jackson-Hookins had to pull out of the race with injury.
Penarth and Dinas Runners meet every Monday evening at Cosmeston Country Park by the visitor centre at 7pm.
On Sunday, May 11, they will be hosting the Porthkerry 5 mile multi-terrain race at Porthkerry Park. Entries are available on the day.