THE Caerphilly 10k, hailed as “integral” to the town’s sporting calendar, is set to return for the second consecutive year in June.

It was decided at a Caerphilly council cabinet meeting last week that it should be scheduled for Sunday, June 22, following the success of last year’s event.

In 2013, 1,700 runners from across the country travelled to Caerphilly to take on the challenge of the undulating Caerphilly 10k, starting and finishing the course in the shadow of the Caerphilly Castle.

Elite and competitive runners from the Midlands, the South West and South East of England, as well as hundreds of local people, completed the course in astonishingly speedy times, with Rob Bugden from the RAF crossing the finish line first in an amazing 32 minutes and 11 seconds.

This year’s run is set to be bigger and better, with organisers expecting up to 3,000 participants and as many spectators cheering and spurring on the runners by lining the route which will lead runners in and around Caerphilly Town Centre.

Dave Poole, Caerphilly council’s cabinet member for Community and Leisure Services, said: “Last year we saw well over the expected amount of participants and we hope to make this event bigger and better every year. We see the Caerphilly 10k as an integral event in the sporting calendar as it encourages members of our communities to get active and be healthy in a fun way.”

The event is organised by Caerphilly council and is supported by Welsh Athletics, Run Wales, Sport Wales and Welsh Government.

Information about entry and prices will be announced by the council in the near future.