Keith Galea of Birkirkara St. Joseph and Angela Sammut of St. Patrick’s were the winners in their respective categories in the first race of the eleventh edition of the Birkirkara St. Joseph 5K Road Running Series held recently at Mtarfa. This series of three 5-kilometre races is held under the auspices of the Malta Amateur Athletic Association and sponsored by Festina and The Cyclist of San Gwann.

At the two-kilometre mark three Birkirkara St. Joseph athletes, Keith Galea, Steve Chetcuti and David Agius Lia were leading the field of 98 runners.  However in the second half of the race, veteran athlete Charles Cilia of Mellieha reduced the gap of the pace setters and eventually climbed to third place, breathing down Chetcuti’s neck.  Galea finished strongly in 16 minutes, 18 seconds, followed by Chetcuti (16:22) and Cilia (16:23).

In the females’ event, reigning Series champion Carmen Hili of St. Patrick’s could not match her team-mate’s prowess in this first race of 2013.  Angela Sammut turned on a championship winning  performance to win the race in 18 minutes, 48 seconds.  Hili finished second in 19 minutes, 24 seconds ahead of Mellieha’s newcomer Marthese Mercieca who finished in 19 minutes, 35 seconds.

 The next race in this series will be held  on Tuesday, 23 July starting at 7:00 p.m.  Full results are available on the Birkirkara St. Joseph website

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