RUNNERS from across the region flocked to Mold yesterday to take part in a county-wide competition.

Hundreds of participants raced against the clock in the Flintshire 5k and 10k competition, which started and ended at Mold Leisure Centre.

The races looped around the streets of Mold while nearly 200 runners competed in the 5k and almost 500 in the 10k yesterday.

James Jones, of Deeside Amateur Athletic Club, clinched the winner's title for the 5k with a time of 17min 43s, while amateur Mike Roberts took the trophy for the 10k with a time of 34min 28s.

Jen Adams, of Buckley Running Club was the first woman to win the Flintshire 10k while Ellie Small took the female winning position for the 5k.

The race saw major roads in Mold closed on Sunday morning. Steve Jones, chief officer for streetscene and transportation pre-warned motorists earlier on in the week about the road closures affecting the A494 roundabout, A541 Chester Road and A5119 Chester Street to access Mold town centre.

Dave Hill, Mold town centre manager, welcomed the race to the region, saying that the event attracted a "good crowd" of runners to the countryside in Flintshire.

The event, hosted by Run Wales, is also supported by Aura Leisures and Libraries.