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ATHLETICS | Aaron Mifsud, Lisa Bezzina win Intersport Burmarrad 10k Race

10th Dec 2021

In: Athletics Post By: Maria

Dillon Cassar, Marija Cumbo win 5k event

Aaron Mifsud (Mellieha AC) and Matthew Xuereb (Zurrieq Wolves) battled the Intersport Burmarrad 10k race course to a nail biting finish on Sunday’s race. 

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Aaron Mifsud crossing the finish line to claim victory. Photo Credit: Intersport / Andrew Large

The race welcomed a good number of athletes eager to return to competition. The race was organised in full observance of Covid-19 protocols established by the health authorities.

Xuereb started to lead the way from the fourth kilometre with Mifsud hot on his heels throughout.  A final push from Mifsud saw him overtake Xuereb in the last hundred metres to win the race with just a two second gap.  Mifsude crosse dthe finish line in 32’32.  In third place was Evolve Endurance Club’s Andrew Grech who clocked at time of 33’01.

In the females’ race the evergreen Lisa Bezzina (Pembroke Athleta) had a well paced race to win in a time of 36’04, just four seconds short of the course record. In second place, 31 seconds behind Bezzina was Ladies Running Club’s Jemima Farley. Evolve’s Roberta Schembri completed the 10k podium, finishing the race in 38’06.

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 Photo Credit: Intersport / Andrew Large

The 5k Race was dominated by Mellieha runner Dillon Cassar, who’s finish time of 14’34 saw him establish a course record and one of the fastest times on this distance on the island. Finishing in second place behind Cassar in a time of 16’01 was Jake Fenech, whilst Neil Brimmer’s time of 16’10 saw him finish in third place.  

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Dillon Cassar - Photo Credit: Intersport / Andrew Large

The female podium was made up of Marija Cumbo (Mellieha AC) who clocked a time of 18’44, Charla Pia Vella (Zurrieq Wolves) who finished in 19’40. Third placed Charyl Fava (Evolve Endurance Club) clocked a time of 20’24.

Prizes to the top three male and female runners were presented by Athletics Malta President Andy Grech and Race Director Charlie Demanuele.

Race Organisers would like to thank Transport Malta, St. Paul’s Bay Local Council, Police District and all involved for their support.  

The next race of the Intersport 10k Series will take place on Sunday 23rd January and will take place in the Three Cities.