Dewi Griffiths brightened a leaden sky with a superb performance in the 15th Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday (1 October). The 26-year-old Swansea Harrier built on his recent 1:02:53 at the Great North Run to move into world class with 1:01:33 for fourth in a record breaking race that saw almost 20,000 starters assemble outside Cardiff Castle.
Ahead of Griffith's breakthrough was a trio of Kenyans with John Lotiang (1:00:47) leading throughout to unseat defending champion Shadrack Kimining (1:00:49) and Kipkemboi Kiprono (1:01:10).
Top 20 positions were claimed by Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers, 1:05:33), Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers, 1:05:38), Richard Horton (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, 1:05:50) and Phil Matthews (Swansea Harriers, 1:07:14).
Kenya's Edith Chelimo established a new UK All-Comers record (1:05:50) to win the women’s race and sprint home outside the Civic Centre in the heart of the city inside the top-20 overall. Chelimo was well clear of Dorcas Kimeli (1:10:50) and Beatrice Mutai (1:10:57) in another Kenyan clean sweep.
Leading British runners were Jenny Nesbit (Worcester, 1:13:22), Swansea Harriers' Caryl Jones (1:15:24) and Elinor Kirk (1:19:22). More than 500 runners went below 90 minutes in the favourable conditions.
New Guinness Book of Records entries included Sir Runalot (Tudor Jones, 3:26:10) for running in a full suit of armour weighing 30kgs; Robert Dibble, the fastest man dressed as a monk (1:28.09) and Robert Atkin, the first Cardiff fireman home carrying a 20lb kit, beating the previous record by more than a minute (1:29.55).
Run4Wales chairman, Nigel Roberts said: “Every year Cardiff Half Marathon gets bigger and better and the 2017 edition was no different. We had world records, a UK All Comers Record, some outstanding personal bests at the front end and some remarkable feats further down the field.”
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