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Josh Griffiths - Carmarthen Harriers/Cardiff Met University /Swansea Harriers

Article on Josh Griffiths - Carmarthen Harriers/ Cardiff Met University/Swansea Harriers - inspirational story on how to work hard and succeed - written by Dr Hedydd Davies (Carmarthen Harriers Club President)

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Personal best performances to date

800m 2.9.2 (2010); 1500m 3.58.58 (2016); Mile 4.23.8 (2013); 3000m (8.11.98); 5000m 14.46.17 (2016) 10000m 31.22.32 (2016); 2016; 1M 4.22 (2015; 2M 9.22 (2015; 3M 15.13 (15.13)

5K 14.19 (2019); 10 28.41 2019); HM 63.33 (2020); Mar (2.14.25 (2019)

Coaches Carol Jones/ Delyth Brown (-2012); James Thie (2012-2016); 2016- self coached

 

Competed for GB in the World 2012 U20 MR championship in Italy

Competed for GB in the 2017 IAAF World marathon championship in London

Competed for Wales in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Marathon in Gold Coast Australia

 

Josh lives in Gorslas which is about 12 miles from the County town of Carmarthen Carmarthenshire. He went to Ammanford Infant and junior schools and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydaman in Ammanford. He obtained a Master’s degree at Cardiff Met University

At secondary school he was encouraged by his teachers to take an active part in sport. In his early secondary school career, he regularly competed in the local Brianne and Dyfed schools’ athletics and cross country competitions

At an early age he joined Carmarthen and District Harriers Athletics Club which is based at the all-weather track in Carmarthen

For six years before he went to university he was helped and coached at Carmarthen by Carol Jones and Delyth Brown, two of Carmarthen Harriers coaches

As a junior athlete he was reasonably successful, winning two Welsh championships and gaining selection to compete for Great Britain in the World Junior MR championships in Italy

At Cardiff Met University (2012-16) he was coached by James Thie and after university he has been self-coached

He was a reliable and consistent performer for the University, but his results were not an indication of what was to come later. Whilst at Cardiff Met University, he won two Welsh titles

In 2016 he decided to enter long distance races and completed two half marathon events

He was asked to compete for West Wales in the Welsh inter regional cross country championships in December 2016. He replied to say that he would not compete (even though he won in 2014) as he was concentrating on the London Marathon in April 2017

The rest is history

The day after the 2017 London Marathon I was at Frankfurt Airport on my return from holiday and bought an English news paper

Headlines

Unknown Swansea Harrier athlete first UK runner in the Virgin London Marathon. How he in his first ever marathon from the non-elite runners start came through to win the 2017 UK marathon championship title and to be selected to compete for GB in the IAAF World marathon championship in London later that year  

 

Josh competed in the 2017 IAAF World Marathon championship and for Wales in the Commonwealth Games marathon in the Gold Coast Australia in 2018

In 2019 he recorded excellent performances on the road and early in 2020 recorded his best time (63.33) in the Barcelona Half Marathon

Josh has worked extremely hard (long mileage) indeed to become a top class marathon runner. 

His success is a tribute not only to himself but also to all who have supported him over the years

 

Josh’s milestones (235 recorded performances on Power of 10) main events 

2008 U15 Carmarthen Harriers) (1 performance)

ZXC        14.52                     12           Brecon                  Welsh Inter Schools Championships         15 Nov 2008

 

2009 U17 Carmarthen Harriers (12 performances)

1500       4.29.5                    2              Carmarthen        Dyfed Schools Championships                    13 Jun 2009

1500       4.31.77                  5              Cardiff                  Aviva Welsh Schools Championships       4 Jul 2009

1500       4.33.84                  5              Cardiff                  Welsh U17/20 Championships                   7 Jun 2009          

ZXC        16.50                     4              Oakwood            Dyfed Schools Championships                    10 Feb 2009

ZXC        20.09                     18           Brecon                  Welsh Schools Championships                   28 Feb 2009

 

2010 U17 Carmarthen Harries (25 Performances)

1500       4.16.4                    1              Carmarthen        Welsh U17 Championships                         10 Jul 2010

1500       4.26.15i                                 5              Cardiff                  Welsh U17 Indoor Championships            30 Jan 2010

1500       4.36.4                    2              Carmarthen        Dyfed Schools Championships                    19 Jun 2010

3000       9.16.56                  2              Cardiff                  Welsh Inter Regional Championships      29 Aug 2010

3000       9.27.0                    2              Carmarthen        Dyfed Schools Championships                    18 Jun 2010

3000       9.27.10                  3              Brecon                  Aviva Welsh Schools Championships       3 Jul 2010

ZXC        22.02                     29           Brecon                  Aviva Welsh Schools Championships       27 Feb 2010      

 

2011 U20 Carmarthen Harriers (25 performances) 

1500       4.13.57i                                 3              Cardiff                  Welsh IndoorU20 Championships             22 Jan 2011

3000       8.58.19                  1              Brecon                  Aviva Welsh Championships                      2 Jul 2011

3000       9.07.7                    1              Carmarthen        Dyfed Schools Championships                    18 Jun 2011

3M         15.13                     20           London                 Virgin London Mini Marathon                     17 Apr 2011

5K           16.02                     1              Bridgend             Welsh U20 5K Championship                     7 May 2011

7.2KZC  25.20                     26           Antrim                  Home Countries International                    26 Mar 2011

ZXC        19.59                     3              Brecon                  Aviva Welsh Schools Championships       19 Mar 2011

ZKC        20.12                     2              Northop               Welsh National Championships                 19 Feb 2011

ZXC        20.41                     82           Birmingham        Inter Counties Championship                      5 Mar 2011

ZKC        23.24                     4              Builth Wells        Welsh Inter Regional Championship        10 Dec 2011      

ZMR       27.56                     4              Llanberis              British & Irish MR Championship               24 Sept 2011

ZMR       37.49                     6              Blackburn            UKA World MR Trials                                       13 Aug 2011

 

2012 U20 Carmarthen Harriers (17 performances)

3000i      8.58.03                  4              Cardiff                  Celtic Cup                                                            29 Jan 2012

8.8KMRL 50.11                  50           Ponti di Legno   World MR Championship                            2 Sept 2012

                                                                ITA

10KMT  34.15                     2              Keswick                Karrimor Great Trail                                         17 Jun 2012

ZXC        20.32                     7              Brecon                  Aviva Welsh Schools Championships       25 Feb 2012

ZXC        21.28                     1              Builth Wells       Welsh Inter Regional Championships     8 Dec 2012

ZXC        21.47                     4              St Fagans             Welsh Championships                                   18 Feb 2012

ZMR       38.24                     4              Glenridding        UK World MR Championship trials            5 August 2012   

 

2013 U23             Swansea Harriers /Cardiff Met University (35 performances)

3000       8.38.15                  3              Cardiff                  Welsh International                                        31 Jul 2013

3000       8.53.10i                                 11           Sheffield              BUCS Indoor Championships                       24 Feb 2013

5000       14.58.15               8              Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     4 May 2013

5000       15.28.05               17           Bedford               England U23 Championships                       16 Jun 2013

10000    31.53.77               2              Swansea              Welsh Senior Championships                      22 Jun 2013

10000    32.12.71               15           Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     5 May 2013

10K         30.31                     29           Leeds                    Leeds Abbey Dash 10K                                   17 Nov 2013

10K         31.14                     15           Cardiff                  Cardiff 10K                                                          8 Sept 2013

10K         31.47                     24           London                 Bupa London 10K                                             27 May 2013

ZXC        19.33                     3              Crickhowell         welsh Championships                                    16 Feb 2013       

ZXC        23.52                     6              Llandeilo              Home Countries International                    23 Feb 2013

ZXC        35.14                     29           Leeds                    BUCS Cross Country Championships        2 Feb 2013

ZSXC      36.22                     3              Builth Wells        Welsh Inter Regional Championships      14 Dec 2013

 

2014 U23 Swansea Harriers / Cardiff Met University (27 performances)

3000       8.43.78i                                 7              Sheffield              BUCS Indoor Championships                       23 Feb 2014

5000       14.54.10               2              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                      31 May 2014

10000    31.22.75               5              Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     4 May 2014

5K           15.13                     2              Rhyl                       Welsh 5K Championship                               29 Jun 2014

7.2KSC  23.49                     4              Llandeilo              Welsh Cross Country Championship         15 Feb 2014

10K         31.16                     6              Cardiff                  Cardiff  10K                                                        7 Sep 2014

10K         31.44                     32           Manchester       Bupa Great Manchester 10K                        18 May 2014      

11KSC    35.20     `               16           Stirling                  BUCS Cross Country Championships        1 Feb 2014

HM         66.28                     11           Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    5 Oct 2014          

ZXC        26.44                     15           Wollaton Park    Home Countries International                    22 March 2014

ZXC        36.55                     1              Builth Wells       Welsh Inter Regional Championship       13 Dec 2014

ZFL         51.05                     12           Sedbergh            BA World Championships Trial (uphill)    9 Aug 2014

 

2015 U23 Swansea/ Cardiff Met University (21 performances)

3000       8.44.67i                                 10           Sheffield              BUCS Indoor Championships                       22 Feb 2015

5000       15.17.16               3              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                      28 Jun 2015

Harriers/ Cardiff Met University

10000    31.22.32               7              Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     1 May 2015

10K         29.49                     13           Leeds                    Leeds Abbey Dash 10K                                   6 Nov 2015

10K         30.43                     6              Cardiff                  Cardiff 10K                                                          11 Sept 2015

10KXC   36.01                     34           Antrim                  Home Countries International                    14 Mar 2015

HM         70.16                     3              Swansea              Swansea Half Marathon                                14 June 2015

25KMT  2.00.01                  1              Saint Gelvert      Trail de Gueriedan 25K                                  23 May 2015

                                                                FRA

ZXC        42.13                     47           Brighton               BUCS Cross Country Championships        21 Jan 2015

 

2016 SEN Swansea Harriers/ Cardiff Met University (24 performances) 

5000       15.08.87               1              Cardiff                  Welsh Senior Championships                    11 Jun 2016

10000    31.22.32               7              Bedford               BUCS Championships                                     1 May 2016

10K         29.49                     13           Leeds                    Leeds Abbey Dash 10K                                   6 Nov 2016

10K         30.43                     6              Cardiff                  Cardiff 10K                                                          11 Sep 2016

KZC        33.25                     53           Gloucester          BUCS Cross Country Championships        6 Feb 2016

HM         66.43                     12           Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    2 Oct 2016

HM         68.44                     3              Swansea              Swansea Half Marathon                                25 Jun 2016

HM         69.48                     1              Llanelli                  Llanelli Half Marathon                                   13 Mar 2016      

 

2017 SEN Swansea Harriers (11 performances)

5K           14.19                     15           Armagh                Armagh International Road Races             18 Feb 2017

10K         30.08                     1              Cwmavon            Richard Burton 10K                                          5 Nov 2017

HM         65.18                     1              Llanelli                  Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon              12 Mar 2017

HM         65.38                     15           Cardiff                  Cardiff Half Marathon                                    1 Oct 2017

HM         65.53                     13           Hamburg GER    Hella Hamburg halbmarathon                     25 Jun 2017

Mar        2.14.49                  13           London                 Virgin London Marathon                              23 Apr 2017

Mar        2.20.06                  39           London                 IAAF World Championships Marathon   6 Aug 2017

                               

2018 SEN Swansea Harriers (16 performances)

10K         29.28                     5              Telford                 Telford 10K                                                         7 Jan 2018

10K         29.31                     17           Houelles FRA      Corrida de Houelles                                        30 Dec 2018

10K         30.20                     9              London                 Vitality London 10000                                     28 May 2018

10K         30.26                     4              Westminster      British 10K                                                           15 Jul 2018

hm          65.05                     18           Cardiff                 Cardiff HALF Marathon                                4 Mar 2018

HM         65.18                     7              Greenwich          The Big Half Marathon                                   4 Mar 2018

HM         66.11                     2              Swansea              JCP Swansea Half Marathon                        24 Jun 2018

HM         67.19                     7              Ceske                    Ceske BudeJovice Half Marathon              2 Jun 2018

                                                                Budejovice CZE

Mar        2.16.09                  7              Dublin IRE            SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon                   28 Oct 2018

Mar        2.37.10                  15           Gold Coast AUS Commonwealth Games                                15 Apr 2018

 

2019 SEN Swansea Harriers

10K         28.41                     19           Houelles Fra       Corrida Internationale de Houelles           29 Dec 2019

10K         28.57                     5              Telford                 Telford 10                                                            8 Dec 2019

10K         29.47                     1              London                 ASICS London 10K                                            21 Jun 2019

10K         29.33                     3              Cardiff                  Brecon Carreg Bay 10K                                   31 Mar 2019

10K         29.58                     19           London                 Vitality London 10000                                     27 May 2019

HM         64.23                     5              Nad Labern CZE Nad Labern Half Marathon                           21 Sep 2019

HM         64.54                     24           Barcelona ESP    Barcelona Half Marathon                              10 Feb 2019

HM         65.36                     11           Greenwich          Vitality Big Half Marathon                            10 Mar 2019

HM         66.27                     2              Swansea              JCP Swansea Half Marathon                        23 Jun 2019

Mar        2.14.25                  21           London                 Virgin London Marathon                              28 Apr 2019

Mar        2.15.20                  13           Toronto CAN      Scotsbank Toronto Waterfront Mar        20 Oct 2019

 

2020 SEN Swansea Harriers                                                                                         

HM        63.33                     29           Barcelona ESP   Barcelona Half Marathon                             16 Feb 2020 Half Marathon

HM        63.57                     8

                Greenwich         Vitality Big Half Marathon                           1 Mar 2020

 

Thanks to Dr Hedydd Davies (Carmarthen Harriers Club President) for putting together this article.