WELSH DISTANCE MAN TO MAKE DECISION ON FUTURE TARGET
DEWI GRIFFITHS will use the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon on October 1 as a final trial before deciding whether to make his marathon debut in Frankfurt next month.
The 26-year-old Swansea Harrier, fresh from a halfmarathon PB of 62:53 at the Simplyhealth Great North Run earlier this month, is looking to reduce his time even further on the streets of the Welsh capital in what is shaping up to be one of the highest calibre fields assembled in Wales outside of the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon.
Griffiths faces Britain’s
World Championship marathon men, Andrew Davies and Josh Griffiths, together with two recent English National cross country champions – Ben Connor and Charlie Hulson.
Given there are athletes from 11 nations taking part, including the defending champion Shadrack Kimining and fellow Kenyan Wilfred Murgor, the competition will be fierce.
“My time at the Great North Run wasn’t a good enough one to convince me one way or the other about possibly making my marathon debut in Frankfurt next month,” said Griffiths.
“So we’ll see what happens in Cardiff next month. I can’t run in the London Marathon next year because of a clash with the Commonwealth Games and by the time the 2020 Olympic Games come around I see myself best suited to challenge for a place in the British team in the marathon.
“So if I can test myself off the back of some good training and great times next month then that will give me an idea of what I’m capable of.”
In the women’s race in Cardiff, Violah Jepchumba of Bahrain is favourite, while British contenders include Elinor Kirk, Caryl Jones, Michelle RossCope, Emma Stepto and
Dewi Griffiths: good run in Cardiff will prompt marathon debut in Frankfurt