A round-up of the action as the British Athletics Cross Challenge series begins at Llandaff Fields
Edith Chelimo and John Lotiang break records at Cardiff Half MarathonOctober 1, 2017
Welshman Dewi Griffiths impresses with big PB for fourth on home soil
Edith Chelimo broke the UK all-comers’ record to move to sixth on the world all-time list, while John Lotiang broke the men’s course record for a Kenyan double at the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.
Welshman Dewi Griffiths was also impressive on home soil as he ran a big PB for fourth.
Chelimo started fast, running 15:14 for the first 5km. She slowed slightly to go through 10km in 30:56 but was still well clear in the women’s race, almost a minute ahead of fellow Kenyan Dorcas Kimeli (31:53).
Running as part of a group featuring British world championships marathoner Josh Griffiths, Irish marathoner Mick Clohisey and former English National Cross Country champion Charlie Hulson, making his half-marathon debut, Chelimo went on to go through 15km in 46:36.
Her time at 20km was 62:30 before she crossed the finish line almost five minutes clear with an impressive time of 65:52 on the clock to move her into the top 10 on the world all-time rankings on record-eligible courses.
Kimeli was second, clocking 70:50 on her half-marathon debut, while Beatrice Mutai completed a Kenyan clean sweep with 70:57.
Jenny Nesbitt was the top Briton in fifth running 73:23 to also claim the Welsh half-marathon title, while Caryl Jones was sixth in 75:24.
The men’s race was much closer as Lotiang clocked 60:42 to break the course record and beat his fellow Kenyan and defending champion Shadrack Kimining by seven seconds.
It was Eritrea’s Hiskel Tewelde who had led the group of four – also featuring Kenya’s Kipkemboi Kiprono – through 10km in 28:29, while Kimining was to the fore through 15km in 42:58 with Tewelde having been dropped.
Lotiang made a break and held on to that lead for victory, while Kiprono was third in 61:10 to also complete a Kenyan 1-2-3.
Behind them, Dewi Griffiths was running his own race and passed Tewelde to finish a fine fourth in 61:33, a time which takes 80 seconds off his previous best recently set at the Simplyhealth Great North Run to move from equal 64th to 13th on the UK all-time list.
Former marathon world record-holder Steve Jones, watching in Cardiff, is the only Welshman to have run a half-marathon faster than Griffiths, who is now set to make his marathon debut later this month.
“I’m over the moon,” he told the BBC. “I knew I was in great shape, I’ve ran PBs over the last couple of weeks and it’s another one today. I knew I was in PB shape but it was just a case of how much it was.
“I’m just trying to be better than I was yesterday,” added Griffiths, who as well as his half-marathon run in Newcastle last month clocked 28:47 to win the Cardiff 10K and then a UK-leading PB of 28:27 for the runner-up spot at the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K. “It’s a cliché but that’s all I’m trying to do.”
Hulson was 13th in 65:33, while Clohisey was 14th in 65:34 and Josh Griffiths 15th in 65:38.
Melissa Nicholls and Richie Powell won the wheelchair races in 59:40 and 63:48 respectively.
More than 19,500 participants started the Cardiff event.
» See the October 5 edition of AW magazine for full coverage from Cardiff