Richard Burton Races 2020
2020 saw a very different version of the 38th edition of the Tata Steel Richard Burton 10k and Runtech Kevin Webber Mini Miler. Taking place in the midst of Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, the normal socially focused activities were not possibly or legally allowed. So after much discussion throughout the year and hopes that the situation would change before race day we held back from opening the event with our fingers crossed that circumstances would change in our favour. But like everyone else across Europe this never happened so just over a month from race day, the race committee all buckled down to deliver a Virtual Event. You the runners embraced this decision and supported the event with numbers we never believed possible.
There were 1237 entries with 1094 recorded finish times for the 10k run (We assume most entries did run the race but some had said they would be doing so after the 1st November and accepted they would not appear in the results table). There were a further 192 entries for the Mini Miler with 144 recorded finish times.
Below are some photo of the events and celebrations of the day. Starting with some landmarks the runners may well remember. Here is a link to a short video (This is last years we need a 2020 one), on our FaceBook group, recalling some of the scenes from the 2020 event.
With so many people taking their own race photos and submitting the to the FaceBook Group. There is a record number of personal race accounts for 2020. If you have not already followed them, do take a look and scroll back to the week when this FaceBook Group lit up.
The support of our main sponsors, Tata Steel and Runtech alongside all our other sponsors did once again support this event and helps us put on the subsidised Mini Miler event that helps encourage children into sport. As always, we will be holding a charity donation event, alongside our sponsors but like the race it will be virtual. A link will be added to this page to access a recording of the event. A link for the live virtual event will go onto the home page.
The Richard Burton 10k Race Logo started to appear everywhere, not just on our branded publicity but on the tarmac and was even produced in Strava Art published in the FaceBook Group.
Shaun Tobin, the Race Director was out observing the event, from a safe distance of course, along with his family and even managed to raise a small glass for Kevin.Others were keeping off the hard stuff and brought a wheelbarrow full of water to sip for Kev. Below are the 10k coaster and Mini Miler medals from this year.You can also hear the Radio interview given by Anna Tobin, the voice that you normally hear welcoming you over the finish line.
Any profit raised from the Richard Burton runs is used for charitable causes in the Bryn & Cwmafan area. So when you run this race you not only experience a great race you help make a big difference to many peoples lives. The photos show Shaun Tobin and other Race Committee members presenting a walking frame to Paul Sherwood who has GFAP encephalitis. This extremely rare disease made Paul experience suicidal emotions. The dease is still potentially fatal but with help from the mauraders his outlook on life has greatly improved. This walking frame will help him exercise by walking outdoors, which is making such a big difference to his life and to his family.