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Joshua Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) ran impressively on his Marathon debut to claim the British Marathon Championships Title on Sunday.

The Swansea Harrier ran consistently, passing the half way point in 1.06.40 and passing all the remaining British Athletes throughout the closing stages.

Griffiths clocked 2.14.49 securing an automatic selection spot for the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London and running inside the Commonwealth Games qualifying time for Wales. He also secured the Welsh title.

Joshua Griffiths (1154) pictured on the Mall. Pic by Gary Mitchell

His performance was the fastest for a Welshman since Steve Brace ran 2.10.35 at the Houston Marathon in 1996.

Just behind, Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) came agonisingly close to claiming the second automatic spot, but had to settle for the Bronze medal in the British Championships.

Davies also ran inside the qualifying time for the Gold Coast in 2.15.11 to secure a place for the games four years on from copeting in Glasgow.

Rob Samuel was the next Welsh Athlete home taking the Bronze medal in the Welsh Championships also securing a new best in 2.21.41

Griffith's team retained the Welsh Championships club title with MMRT in second and Aberystwyth AC third.

The Welsh Women's Championships were won by Rosie Edwards (Rotherham) who retained her title from 2016 in a new lifetime best of 2.40.49

Clara Evans (Cardiff AAC) was the next Welsh woman home well inside her previous best, recording a new mark of 2.46.03

Hannah Jarvis (Dorking) was the third Welsh finisher in a new best of 2.52.00

Angharad Mair (Les Croupiers) had broken the British record for MW55 12 months ago. The record had been taken away by Treena Johnson last August but Mair was strong enough to reclaim the record on Sunday with 2.54.49.

Les Croupiers succesfully defended their team title in the Welsh Championships led home by Angharad Mair. Amman Valley and Les Croupiers B Team were the next two teams to finish respectively.

Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees claimed headlines after an act of kindness where he helped a struggling runner to the safety of the finish line. a link to the article can be foundĀ here.

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