Welsh H/M Champs / Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon

Full results available here.

Wales' top road race, the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon took place in Cardiff Bay last Sunday. The race, which raises money for Children's charity Barnado's, incorporates the Welsh Championships for the distance and formed the last fixture in the inaugural Run Wales Series.

Cardiff Half Marathon

Despite the threat of rain, ideal conditions meant that the event was a great success. The route took the more than 15,000 runners from Cardiff Bay into the City, through the civic centre and past Cardiff’s imposing Castle before running past the Millenium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium and heading back towards Penarth Marina and over the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Last year’s winner, Kenya's Edwin Kipkorir, returned to defend his title but was well beaten by his countryman and namesake Edwin Kiptoo. Andrew Lesuuda of Kenya was next home with Kipkorir finishing third. The first mile was covered in a pedestrian 5:07, followed by a 5:06 and a 4:28 third mile, bringing the leading bunch down to 6 with Swansea Harrier Phil Matthews the only local athlete amongst the leaders. The fourth mile returned to a more reasonable 4:45 but the pace had taken its toll with the group soon fading to four.

By the nine mile mark, Kiptoo and Lesuuda were alone; a 4:38 mile was enough to break Lesuuda and leave Kiptoo to stretch to victory by 27 seconds. Kipkorir passed Birchfield Harrier Kihara in the closing stages to secure Bronze.

Phil Matthews finished as the first Briton and fifth overall in 66:40 the day after a solid run in the national Road Relay Championships, where he helped Swansea to fifth in the Men’s race. Aberdare’s Richard Gardiner finished seventh in 69:12. Gardiner was recently crowned Commonwealth Ultra Trail Running Champion at the event held on Anglesey in North Wales.

Kenya’s Alice Mogire returned to Cardiff after setting a Welsh all-comers record over 10k in September. Alice ran 71:26 this time to take the women’s title from Polish Track International Agnieszka Ciolek. Edinah Kwambai finished an easy third.

Phil Matthews was crowned 2011 Welsh Champion with Gardiner second and Eryri's Brendan Rothery third in 72:25. Phil's team mate Andrea Whitcombe took the ladies' title. Another Swansea Harrier, Simon Jones, prevailed in the Run Wales series with Andrea also taking the equivalent honour in the ladies category.

Photos of the event will be available on the Cardiff Half Marathon website.

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Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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