If anything in South Wales marks the end of summer it has to be Swansea Bay 10k. All the regular runners, like Chris Jones above, come out of the woodwork and try their best to run from Swansea to Mumbles and back as fast as they can. These two below were the fastest.
With this lot not far behind.
It was a real family affair this year with my new nephew Ethan cheering his Dad, Matt Bailey on.
Here is Matt taking it all in his stride.
My brother Steve wasn’t far behind raising a finger to say he has got this one!
Swansea Bay 10k regular Sam Donaldson was also not far behind, never afraid to get in a photo. You can spot him in the photos from Swansea Bay 10k 2014 here, and in the photos from Swansea Bay 10k 2013 here.
Fresh from running the Swansea Bay Half Marathon 2015, Morriston Actif Girls Caroline & Tracey were the next smiling faces to come along. Morriston Actif being Sharon’s running club, there was a lot of cheering going on.
Quickly followed by fellow Morriston Actif runner Karys Dermody.
A surprise entry was Jan Lawrence, but she seemed quite happy taking on the 10km of this renowned road race.
Of course it wouldn’t be Swansea Bay 10k without the Macmillan Mug! We love the mug!
The downward run complete the runners start to return on Swansea Promenade. Mark Gosney setting the 40 minute pace for the real athletes.
Matt Bailey had obviously listened to Ethan’s bib, “run daddy, run”.
Chris Jones wasn’t far behind him tearing up the course.
This year really was a family affair with my other brother, Chris Bidder running too. The Safety Lead on the Darth Mannion (surely that is an oxymoron) Beach & Swamp Run Challenge, he is using this race to prepare for entry to that extreme Gower half marathon himself. You can read Chris’ journey to the Darth here. More information on the Darth Mannion Beach & Swamp Challenge can be found on their website. Or you can read my report on last year’s Darth Mannion here: Part 1 Pennard Castle, Part 2 Pwll Du River, and Part 3 Brandy Cove Headland. Chris is even wearing their jersey.
My other brother Steve wasn’t far behind Chris digging in for the only hill in this great flat race.
Keeping quiet about the pace, Sam Donaldson was next to take on that hill at 8km.
There he goes.
I was pleased to finally bump into fellow Gower photographer, twitterer and blogger Richie Hammond before the start of the race. Unfortunately his wife Ceri proved too fast to photograph and I only caught her back as she climbed the hill.
Next was Debbie, one of two Mumbles Milers running in the race. To be fair half of them had been on the DimExcuses Big Gower walk yesterday, so they get a pass.
Well done Debbie.
Sorry for anyone I missed this year. I had this fidget under one arm, Molly the Frenchton checking out the route on the Promenade Map.
Molly, Sharon and I cheered in Tracey and Caroline from Sharon’s running club.
The Morriston Actif Runners taking it all in their stride.
Soon followed by Actif Runner Karys who was now running alongside Jan Lawrence.
My Zante 2015 buddy Nicole was next.
Proving the Swansea Bay 10k was not all Greek to her.
Nicole’s sister and another of the Zante 2015 posse Yvette was working really hard to complete her first 10k. She completed the course at a steady pace.
Well done Yvette and all this year’s Swansea Bay 10k runners. If you want to do it next year there is a DimExcuses guide to running the race here. So get your trainers on, DimExcuses.