Kenya’s Violah Jepchumba could put the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon course record under serious threat on Sunday
Violah Jepchumba, the second-fastest half-marathoner in history, is expected to break the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon course record on Sunday (October 2).
The Kenyan won in Prague in 65:51 this year – a time bettered on valid courses only by Florence Kiplagat. After two more victorious 68-minute performances in Istanbul and Gothenburg in 2016, she returned to the Czech capital this month to clock 30:24 for 10km, missing Paula Radcliffe’s world best by just three seconds.
Susan Partridge’s event record of 71:10 from four years ago will be under serious threat from the 25-year-old.
She will be challenged by Commonwealth marathon champion Flomena Cheyech of Kenya, while defending champion Lenah Cherotich – also of Kenya – is back. Ethiopian duo Zerfie Limeneh and Helen Tola are also among those in action, as are Britons Michelle Ross-Cope, Jenny Spink and Rachel Felton.
The men’s course record of 61:51, set by Loitarakwai Lengurisi in 2013, could fall as well. This year’s Paris Marathon and Half Marathon champion, Cyprian Kotut, is the quickest in the field.
The Kenyan ran his best of 59:12 in 2014. Ethiopia’s Hunegnaw Mesfin is another sub-60:00 athlete and his personal best is 59.39. Kenya’s Charles Mneria makes his half-marathon debut after having competed in the 5000m at the Rio Olympics.
Defending champion Ben Siwa of Uganda is fifth-fastest in the field.
Three-time Welsh half-marathon champion Dewi Griffiths heads the home contingent. Ireland’s Paul Pollock, who competed at this summer’s Olympics in the marathon, will be looking to improve on his PB of 62:10.