Cardiff University Festival of Races & Half Marathon attracts record numbers, plus the Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 14:06

Welsh 1 Mile Road Races Championships & Cardiff University Festival of Running - September 30th 2017

Harriers Triumph in Welsh Mile championship taking 4 National titles

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The action-packed weekend in Cardiff started on Saturday with the Cardiff University Festival of Running open for all ages to get involved (around 2,500 altogether), not only in the races but also getting involved in the race village by taking part in activities arranged by Welsh Athletics and Sport Wales.

In good weather on Saturday, 12 Harriers took to the roads of the capital in the annual Welsh mile championships, playing a part of the Cardiff University Festival of Running on the eve of the main event. With good size crowds, 4 Carmarthen Harriers took national titles in a series of fiercely competitive races.

The day not only saw a number of Welsh Mile Races, but also the popular Toddler Dash, Mascot Race, University Fun Run and Family Fun Run proved popular with runners turning out in their numbers, despite the mile championships entries being rather low and disappointing.

In the junior races, Frank Morgan took the under 13 title (5:19) and Ben Thomas the under 17. Morgan dominated his race from the start eventually winning comfortably from 2 Cardiff athletes. Jack Thomas in his first race at this distance finished a solid 5th (5:43). Thomas took the under 17 title for the second year in a row, kicking with 600m to go he pulled away off the second to last bend finishing in 4.33, just a second ahead of his nearest rival. Tomos Rees ran an excellent race beating a Newport athlete to the bronze by 2 seconds (4:43). Trystan Leech came 6th overall in the same age group, the under 17 men's with a time of exactly 5 minutes. For the under 17 women, Harrier Grace Page finished 6th overall (6:54).

The future for Harriers certainly looks bright with the club dominating the under 11 boys category. An outstanding run from Iwan Thomas (5:42) saw him take the title from team mates Ifan Bowen in second (5:46) and Liam Upton-Boorman in third (5:52) completing a Harriers 123 and making an appearance on BBC Wales Television in the process. It's certain that friends Bowen and Thomas will have many more good battles over the season to come. Fast improving Jake Lynock was unlucky to finish 5th after being with the leaders for much of the race, he was run out of the medals by only 3 seconds (5:55).

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With the Harriers youngest athletes performing so well, they could not have failed but to be impressed by Sharon Leech who took the Welsh and British Women's veteran titles finishing in 5:55.

Paul Clarke finished a good 5th in a blanket finish, amongst a very competitive vets field running an impressive 4:45 to cap off an outstanding day for Carmarthen.


Cardiff University Half Marathon - October 1st 2017

After a great day on Saturday around the streets of the Civic Centre, it was all eyes on the roads of the capital for thousands of people, as well as Cardiff showing the rest of the world what is on offer...

A strong elite field assembled for the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon as they took to the roads of Cardiff on Sunday, which was being broadcast on BBC Wales Television and Radio.

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In addition to this, A record number of runners took part in the Half Marathon ever. Close to 25,000 people signed-up to run Wales’ biggest half marathon, with 19,641 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.

The elite were the first to set off as usual. Behind them were thousands of people who were all running to achieve personal bests and raising money with many more other stories. Run at a fast pace throughout, it was no surprise that not one, but two course records were broken. After winning the men's and women's titles at the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K last weekend, the Kenyan athletes again dominated up the road from Swansea. The overall race was won by John Lotiang, who clocked an impressive 60:43, just four seconds ahead of Shadrack Kimining (60:47). The Kenyan 123 was finished off by Kipkemboi Kiprono (61:08)

Then came the moment everyone in Wales was waiting for - Dewi Griffiths looking to secure another personal best to continue his form produced in Swansea only 7 days ago. He did this with ease, moving up from 10th place at the 10k point to finish in a great fourth overall and getting himself a new personal best (61:31) taking 82 seconds off his previous one. Da iawn Dewi!

Also impressing on the big stage was Josh Griffiths, back competing on home soil after the magnificent experiences at London during the summer. Griffiths completed the half marathon in 65:37 enough to secure him 15th. Another Swansea Harrier, Phil Matthew also made the top 20 with his (67:14) performance in 18th, just behind Great Britain & NI duo Richart Horton and Matt Clowes. Brilliant again from the Welsh (& West Wales) top athletes.

In the women's race, the second record of the day came thanks to Edith Chelimo's winning performance of 65:50, a full five minutes ahead of her next competitor. There was a lot of British interest here too, and three Swansea Harriers members made it into the top 10: Caryl Jones (75:24) Elinor Kirk (79:23) and Alaw Beynon-Thomas (81:33).

The Wheelchair titles went to Richie Powell (63:48) & Melissa Nicholls (59:40) respectively.

The following Carmarthen Harriers club members were involved in this year's Half Marathon with some excellent times, well done all: Jack Tremlett (1:17:39), David Jones (1:17:58), Liz Tremlett (1:27:38), Huw Davies (1:34:41) and Liz Davies (2:00:58).

Another successful event, showing the world what Cardiff and Wales can offer when it comes to putting on an athletics event.

Cardiff Half Marathon Official Event Website

Congratulations everyone involved! RESULTS & TIMES / CANLYNIADAU AC AMSERAU

Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon Series - October 1st 2017

Elsewhere, on Sunday away from Cardiff down the M4 in West Wales, it was an early start for triathletes from across South Wales as the final triathlon series fixture of the year organised by Healthy Life Activities / Noelwyn & Sharon Daniel was held at the Carmarthen Leisure Centre - the Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon which has become a popular event by now with athletes returning year after year. It seems that the weather conditions were not as nice for those in Carmarthen as it was in Cardiff, with drizzle which gradually got heavier throughout the morning made it quite challenging at times.

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This was the second triathlon event to arrive in Johnstown in a period of eight days, following the very successful Carmarthen Myrddin Junior Triathlon last Saturday where nearly 200 8-14 years old children got the opportunity to take part in a triathlon.

This brought the 2017 series to an end after an exciting few months of competition across Carmarthenshire, including at venues such as Burry Port, Carmarthen and Ammanford.

The Carmarthen Sprint Triathlon started early at 7.30am with the first set of swimmers, continuing through in the pool until 9.15am. The course for athletes taking part included: 400m (16 lengths) swim in the eight lane Carmarthen pool followed by a 23km bike ride down the main road to Llansteffan. On returning from Llansteffan, it was then a 5km run along the Tywi river and a lap around the Carmarthen Harriers athletics track. It was an out and back run course with a grand stand finish back at the Leisure Centre.

A total of 170 athletes finished the race with trophies up for grabs for the category winners. Over 80 of these were doing a triathlon for the very first time.

The 2018 events for children and adults, beginning in April will include the Carmarthen Junior Fun Triathlon and Llanelli Junior Duathlon with the annual favourites open for adults at Carmarthen, Burry Port and Ammanford.