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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

Jenny Nes­bit.

Dewi Grif­fiths: good run in Cardiff will prompt marathon de­but in Frank­furt

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