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Town to get its own 10k next year.

Byline: LIZ BRADFIELD Local democracy reporter

A NEW 10k run in Porthcawl will be launched next year as part of a growing number of events in South Wales that include the Barry Island 10k and Cardiff Bay 10k.

Cabinet members of Bridgend County Borough Council gave their backing to the event which will see the local authority team up with Run-4Wales to organise it.

A date has yet to be announced. The event will run for an initial three-year period before any decisions are taken about future events.

Other events Run4Wales has delivered this year include the Newport Marathon and 10k, Velothon and Cardiff Half Marathon.

Officers say the costs involved to the council in hosting the event are expected to be around PS10,000 for each one.

Councillors welcomed the new event and the visitors it would bring to the area at a BCBC cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Cabinet member for regeneration Charles Smith said: "I don't think we should under-estimate the importance of this potential tourism opportunity for Porthcawl.

"In its short life Run4Wales has become a very significant brand.

"It will bring television and media attention to Porthcawl. The event has my 100% support, short of actually running in it."

Cabinet member for communities Richard Young added: "I'm quite excited by this. It's another opportunity for us to raise the profile of Porthcawl. I'm hoping it will become annual event and continue for many years to come."

Officers noted the success of Barry Island's first 10k event which took place in August. It resulted in 3,500 runners signing up to take part across the 10k race, the one-mile family fun run and toddler dash.

Officers said the "varied and scenic route showcased all of the town's most scenic seaside spots and recognisable landmarks", adding that it gave people from all over Wales and the UK "the chance to experience Barry's recently regenerated seafront".

Communities director Mark Shephard said: "There is obviously the opportunity to showcase Porthcawl and the area around the 10k route, as well as activities and other potential events which would hopefully make for a fun and family day out."

Cabinet members unanimously approved the recommendation by officers to establish a partnership with Run4Wales to operate the 10k in Porthcawl for three years.


A competitor crosses the finish line in a triathlon held in Porthcawl. The town is now getting a 10k run

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 25, 2018
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