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SHADRACK KIMINING and Vi­o­lah Jepchumba will defend their Cardiff Univer­sity Cardiff Half Marathon titles at the IAAF Sil­ver La­bel race on Oc­to­ber 1.

Kimining took vic­tory 12 months ago in a race record of 60:53. The Kenyan has im­proved since, post­ing 60:11 at the RAK Half Marathon, and hopes to dip un­der 60 min­utes for the first time.

Wil­fred Mur­gor has achieved that ac­co­lade, boast­ing 59:57 from the

2015 Spor­tismo Prague Half Marathon. John Lo­tiang (60:17) is the third-fastest on pa­per.

Josphat Bett (61:01) and

Eliud Kip­tanui (61:24) both have pedi­gree. Bett is the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list at 10,000m and has run 26:48 for the dis­tance. Kip­tanui has a marathon best of 2:05:21.

Lo­cal hero Dewi Griffiths (62:53) will lead the Bri­tish hopes. He will be joined by fel­low Welsh­men Josh Griffiths and Char­lie Hul­son.

Kenyan-born Vi­o­lah Jepchumba (65:22) will com­pete in Cardiff two weeks af­ter low­er­ing the Bahraini half-marathon record to 66:06 whilst win­ning the Usti Nad Labem Half Marathon.

Edith Che­limo (68:12) will lead the Kenyan in­ter­est, while Beatrice Mu­tai (69:30) was fourth at the 2017 Kenyan Cham­pi­onships at 10,000m.

Home fans can cheer on Welsh trio Caryl Jones (71:18), Jenny Nes­bitt (72:54) and

Eli­nor Kirk (74:18).

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