University races reach new heights

Participants at the start of the BRND WGN University Ring Road Races.

Participants at the start of the BRND WGN University Ring Road Races.

Last Sunday, marked the sixth running of the BRND WGN University Ring Road Races and once again the event proved to be one for the books with almost 400 participants.

This is the second year that BRND WGN had collaborated with the organisers – Malta University Holding Company – as title sponsors. What makes this event so special, apart from providing an opportunity for students and staff to integrate with the rest of the community, is the fact that half the proceeds are donated to Hospice Malta.

The bright sunshine and live entertainment helped to keep spirits high as the event kicked off with the 5km race and walk.

The race was won by Jean Claude Randon, a young athlete who is proving to be a force to reckon with. Randon was followed by Charles Camilleri and Mario Agius, in what turned out to be a close battle the podium positions.

Fresh from her success in the Malta Marathon, Josann Attard Pulis won the women’s race ahead of Agnetha Agius and Maureen Farrugia.

The 2km race was won by Matthias Cristiano in a new course record of 6:18. Maria Schembri emerged victorious in the girls’ race.

Team XG, a group of athletes coached by Xandru Grech, dominated both sectors of the 5km relay.

With numerous companies using this race as an ideal team builder, MYTA Coaches took first place in the corporate section whilst MYTA C were the top team in U-20s.

Johanna Galea, one of the racing series founders, was delighted at how things panned out.

“The University Ring Road Races hold a special place in my heart more so due to the philosophy behind them – that of running for a cause,” she said.

“Over the years, we’ve seem the races grow in popularity and numbers. We aim to make our events more interesting and watching another edition come together so successfully always makes us feel extremely proud.

“We are grateful for the massive support we receive. In fact, the successful running of the races depends very much on a combined effort between the organising team, sponsors, other helpers and participants alike. Now, we are already looking forward to planning our next edition of races.”

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