THE 38TH running of the Carmarthen Mayor Races returns to the town centre on May Day Bank Holiday, 6th of May.

With less than a month to go, online entries have now opened and the whole family can get involved.

The event, supported by Carmarthen Town Council along with many local organisations, was established by the Councillor Peter Hughes-Griffiths, in partnership with Dr Hedydd Davies, the International athlete who has represented his country many times. Taking place around Guildhall Square and Lammas Street, it has annually attracted over 800 runners between 3 and 80 years old every year.

It has hosted 25 Welsh road race championships in conjunction within the race in the period 1982 to 2006 over various distances such as a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km.

Carmarthen Mayor Races Fun Run, having gone from strength to strength, takes place in the heart of the town centre, affording great opportunities to cheer on the runners. The event raises thousands of pounds for charity with many local groups and organisations benefiting.

Proceeds in 2019 will go to Carmarthen Freshstart, Carmarthen Food Bank, Carmarthen Youth Opera and Talking Books Wales. A total of 238 runners took on the 5K challenge 12 months ago on the streets of the town with each one having their own reason to take part.

The 2018 fun run was won overall by Amman Valley Harriers’ Rob Davies in a time of 17:15.

He was followed in by Marc Davies of Swansea Harriers (17:53) and Liam Edwards from Carmarthen Harriers (18:15) to complete the top three. The women’s overall champion was local Harrier Wendy Price who took victory on the road in a time of 20:32. Meanwhile, children races were popular with Seren Bowen (Y Dderwen), Gwilym Rees (Nantgaredig), Libby Hale (Newton), Llion Davies (Y Dderwen), Carys Wood (Stepaside), Mared Jones (Y Dderwen), Liam Upton-Boorman (Johnstown),

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