The second staging of the Plymouth 10k turned out to be a highly eventful one with course records in both fields and a significant upturn in the number of entries. Over 1400 braved chilly conditions to tackle a slightly modified route, which started and finished at Princess Street.
The race saw Middlesbrough's Matthew Hynes take first place with an impressive time of 30:21, with Joe Bailey close behind in second (30:25) and Simon Plummer taking the final podium position in 30:52.
Hynes, who has been enjoying a prolific 2012 with victories at the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k (30:13) and Ray Harrison Memorial 10k (29:55), commented: "I'm extremely delighted to win. It wasn't an easy race. Plymouth's a lovely place and I'd love to come back." In the women's field, meanwhile, Emily Wicks set a new course record with a time of 35:06, with Emma Taylor-Gooby coming second (35:17) and Kate Goodhead third in 35:54.
Amy Budd, speaking on behalf of race organisers Go2, commented: "We are delighted for Matthew and Emily. It's great to see that the improved course helped deliver quicker times than last year. It's also exciting to see so many people of all ages and abilities cross the finish line. The 10k celebrates every individual who takes part."
After revising last year's course to help minimise traffic disruption, Sunday's turnout constituted a 15% increase in the number of runners. An additional highlight of the day was when runner No. 173 Richard Hoskin got the race off to the perfect start by proposing to his girlfriend - an offer she happily accepted.