Cardiff Festival of Running & Triathlon Finale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:34

There was an action-packed weekend on Saturday & Sunday in Cardiff City Centre with the Welsh Mile Road Races & Main Cardiff Half Marathon.


Welsh 1 Mile Road Races Championships - October 1st 2016 Harriers Triumph in Welsh Mile championship

Carmarthen Harriers athletes won two titles and a total of 7 medals in the Welsh mile Championships in a blustery Cardiff on Saturday. The course was challenging with some sharp turns in the two laps around City Hall with a decent size crowd cheering them on.
In the race of the day Harrier Ben Thomas (Ysgol Y Strade) won the under 17 age group, in 3rd with 100 metres to go Ben caught the inside line on the penultimate corner giving him the opportunity to drive away from the other two English based athletes for a well deserved win. Prior to this Daisy Thompson (Bro Myrddin) won the under 13 girls race with a fine example of front running she held off a faster finishing Cardiff athlete for a win by 5 metres.
Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin) then followed his victory in the Brianne schools cross race the the previous day with a silver medal in the under 13 boys race; Iwan Thomas also ran his best race of the year to gain a silver medal in the boys under 11.
The only bronze medal in the junior races came from Tomos Rees (Dyffryn Aman) in a very fast under 15. Finally, Jake Morgan won a Silver medal in the veteran 45 category.

There was a full day of fun activities and entertainment with races for all ages and abilities to take part in...family fun, toddlers, mascots and the Welsh Championships just to name a few. Unfortunately it seemed that the entries were very low for this year, despite being close to 1000 participants in the family fun run.


Cardiff Half Marathon - October 2nd 2016

The strongest elite field ever assembled for the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon took to the roads of Cardiff on Sunday, which was being broadcasted on BBC Wales Television and Radio.

Following the success of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in the Welsh capital in March, more world class runners than ever before had accepted an invitation to compete in Wales’ largest race.

A record number of runners took part in the Half Marathon. Close to 22,000 people signed-up to run Wales’ biggest half marathon, with 17,110 starting on the day. Thousands more lined the streets to cheer their friends and family on.

The Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon boasts one of the most stunning 13.1 mile course around. The route took runners past the capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The predominately flat and fast course made it ideal for beginners and elites.

The race started outside Cardiff Castle at 10am on a beautiful morning and runners then headed down past Cardiff City Stadium on the way to Penarth. They took in the glorious Penarth Marina before crossing the barrage and heading to Cardiff Bay. Runners ran right through the heart of the bay taking in the Norwegian Church and Wales Millennium Centre. The course then headed towards the north of the city and runners completed a loop of the beautiful Roath Park Lake before the grandstand finish in the heart of the city at the Civic Centre.

Carmarthenshire local favourite Dewi Griffiths once again ran well to finish 8th overall and finishing in a new personal bests in the process along with being the first British athlete home, just ahead of Swansea Harrier club teammate Josh Griffiths in 11th (2nd GB) and Mark Kallenberg third home.

The following Carmarthen Harriers club members were involved in this year's Half Marathon: Huw Davies 1.36.13, Liz Davies 2.01.38 & Hayley John 2.09.28

Cardiff Half Marathon Official Event Website

Congratulations everyone involved! RESULTS & TIMES / CANLYNIADAU AC AMSERAU

Amman Valley Sprint Triathlon Series - October 2nd 2016

Elsewhere away from Cardiff down the M4 in West Wales, the final triathlon series fixture of the year organised by Healthy Life Activities/Noelwyn Daniel was held in Ammanford and sponsored by JM Complete Fitness. This brought the series to an end after an exciting few months of competition across Carmarthenshire, including at venues such as Burry Port, Carmarthen and Ammanford.

The Amman Valley Triathlon on Sunday started in the pool at the Ammanford Leisure Centre with a 400m swim, before moving onto the 16km bike ride and a 5k run through the streets of the Amman Valley and finishing back at the Race HQ.

A total of 165 athletes finished the race with trophies for the category winners. Theses triathlons will get underway once again in April next year.