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Watch: Cassar smashes Intersport Burmarrad 10k course record

Dillon Cassar crosses the finishing line in Burmarrad. Photo: Intersport/Albert Camilleri

Joelle Cortis tops women’s race

Dillon Cassar’s time of 30 minutes 22 seconds saw him smash the previous course record he himself established a year ago on the same course on Sunday morning, during the sold-out Intersport 10k Burmarrad Road Race.

Cassar kept a comfortable lead ahead of podium contenders Christopher Micallef, Aaron Mifusd, Mark Herrera, Tommy Wallbank, and Matthew Xuereb.

After the first lap, Micallef and Mifsud were leading the way ahead of Wallbank and Herrera. Herrera, who had been plagued by injuries in the past few years, gave a strong push that saw him forge ahead to beat Micallef, by five seconds, to second place.

In the females’ category Joelle Cortis also gave a good account of herself taking the lead ahead of seasoned athlete Josann Attard Pulis and Marija Cumbo, who finished in second and third place respectively.

In the 5km race, Gabriel Farrugia won the one-lap course in 15 minutes 23 seconds ahead of Heathcliff Vella and Keith Schembri who completed the podium in second and third place respectively.

Meanwhile, in the females’ race, familiar faces made it to the podium. Finishing first was Charyl Fava who has been producing improved performances throughout the series.

Behind her was Rosalie Borg Cauchi followed by Hayley Acreman.

“This race is known for being one of the fastest in Malta and thus attracts many athletes – being sold out weeks ahead is proof of this,” said race director Charlie Demanuele.

“Having a course record beaten, as Dillon Cassar did once again, always leaves a feel-good factor amongst the running community.”

Demanuele went on to express his gratitude towards Intersport who have been supporting this series since its inception in 2015.

Trophies to the overall and age group winners were presented at the end of the race.

The final race of the Intersport 10k Series for 2023 will take place on December 8 and will take place in Valletta. The last remaining places are available and registration can be done online: https://10kseriesmalta.com/product/valletta-2023/

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