Welsh fans warm up for Euro 2016 opener with 5k run

A group of Welsh fans warmed up for their side's first game at Euro 2016 by tackling a 5k run.

Runners descended on the Mandavit parkrun for a brisk jog to blow away the cobwebs before their side take on Slovakia in Bordeaux at 6pm.

Parkrun started in the UK and more than 850 free timed runs are held across 12 countries - with the Mandavit run starting in March.

Welsh runners at the Mandavit parkrun, south of Bordeaux, before their side's Group B match against Slovakia.
(Alex Britton/PA)

First home was Carl Urquhart who normally runs in Newport.The 52-year-old said: "It was really nice to do it - it's awesome being tourists and doing another run while I'm here. Maybe we'll do the run in Toulouse next Saturday too.

"As for the match, I hope we win and we win well but a draw isn't the end of the world."

His son Jordan, who is celebrating his 25th birthday, said: "It was humid but fun. It was hard to get up this morning with a hangover but I'm doing better than the others who we left at the hotel.

"I think we'll win today - if we're talking on the record, then I'll say we win. It'll be a nice birthday treat. I'll take 2-1 Wales."

The Wales team during a training session
The Wales team during a training session (Joe Giddens/PA)

Matthew Jones, 35, from Cardiff, said: "It's a good way to start a weekend. It sets it up really well - all the Welsh boys did a good time so hopefully that's a good omen for us for this afternoon."

Emyr Harries, 36, originally from Carmarthen but now based in London, said: "It was a lovely start to the day before we get into the game.

"I'm confident. 2-0 win."

Aurelie Toledo, organiser of the run in the park six miles (10k) south of Bordeaux, said: "It's cool to see all the Welsh runners here - we get quite a lot of runners from Britain coming to parkrun during their holidays in Bordeaux."

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