WINNERS HEADING BACK TO CARDIFF
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).