Ladies Running Club Mdina Glass 10K Race 26th edition was run on Sunday 9th October 2016 in Ta Qali. The morning dawned fresh, calm and seemingly perfect for a running event for which over 450 enthusiasts had enregistered to take part.
The victors of the day were – Women: Gianella Bugeja 0:40:51
Men and overall race winner: Charlton Debono, 0:33:15
Lina Borg Constanzi Award, 1st LRC member: Vicki A. Johnson 0:44:16
While we congratulate in awe these terrific athletes for their fantastic effort how fast they covered 10 kilometers, it’s good to bear in mind the amount of hard work they have put in to build the level of fitness that has led them to this winning moment. Similarly a lot of background work goes into organising a race event that on surface lasts only a matter of few hours but has occupied the minds and volunteer hours of many for months before.
We cannot thank enough our generous sponsors who made this event possible, and our enthusiastic LRC club members who pitched in enthusiastically whenever help was required, whether it was bagging the treats into goodie bags or ferrying them around.
On race day we were setting up the venue before dawn to have everything ready by the time runners arrived for their warm-up for the start of race at 7:30am. Some late comers obtaining their race numbers and other last minute requests kept us running our own version of the organisation race until the start of the actual event.
There is something uniquely exciting about the eager restlessness emanating from a crowd waiting on a starting line, and the burst of energy that sweeps everyone along when the gun goes off. It’s only equaled by the look of relief, exhausted happiness and personal achievement on every participants’ face when they cross the finish line.
If the saying goes it’s easy to smile when you are a winner, there seemed to be tremendous amount of winners on this morning, seeing all the beaming smiles around!
Congratulations to all the Teams, Ladies: Starmax, Mellieha AC, Ladies Running Club; and Men: St Patricks AC, Gozo Athletix, Mellieha AC. A special mention to Age Category winners go to our founding members Cecilia Degaetano and Christine Attard – there is no stopping these ladies, we hope they have enough shelf space for all the trophies they win!
We thank our race co-organiser Malta Marathon and main sponsors Mdina Glass and Eurosport for their unstinting support both in sponsorship and use of their premises. We also thank all of you runners and walkers who took part in the race – we truly hope you enjoyed it. It may feel like a long way to run for a doughnut but all agree it tastes all the sweeter after a 10k on a Sunday morning!
We hope to see you again next year!