A RECORD number of runners braved the cold yesterday for Pontypool’s annual 10KM run in aid of St David’s Hospice Care.

The event, which started at 10am from Pontypool Leisure Centre, raised more than £4,200, which will be used to provide vital free hospice care.

More than 350 people completed the event, 100 of whom signed up to run on the morning of the event.

Director of fundraising and lottery at St David’s Hospice Kris Broome, said: “There was a fantastic take up today, 100 more than last year’s event.

“It was a very cold morning, but we had a wonderful turnout and a great experience was had by all.”

The winner was Fairwater runner Ryan McFlyn, who completed the race in 35 minutes and 30 seconds.

For the ladies, the first to cross the line was Nicola Gething, of Parc Bryn Bach, who completed the course in 41 minutes and 8 seconds.

The route took runners from Pontypool to Mamhilad and back along the scenic Monmouthshire to Brecon canal towpath.

The run was held a week before the City of Newport Half Marathon, which takes place at 9am next Sunday, March 3 from Newport International Sports Village.