Thursday 4th October, 2018
Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) looks set for another strong performance at a major championship as he dons the Welsh vest once more at Sunday’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship in Cardiff. The Swansea athlete appears to be rounding into top form at the right time after clocking the joint fastest leg, along with teammate Jonny Hopkins, at the Welsh Road Relay Championships a fortnight ago.
Griffiths’ breakthrough on the UK endurance scene came in April 2017 as he stormed to a lifetime best performance of 2:14:49 to win the British Championship race at the London Marathon. That result led to his selection for the IAAF World Marathon Championships in August 2017, where he finished 39th in a stellar field on the streets of London.
The Swansea man has carried that success into 2018, starting with a new lifetime best over 10k in Telford back in January where he ran 29:28 to finish 5th, before clocking a half marathon best of 65:18 to finish 7th at the British Half Marathon Championship in Greenwich. Attentions then turned to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where Griffiths battled the extreme heat (where temperatures soared to 32 degrees Celsius) to finish a creditable 15th place in the marathon.
Whilst the Commonwealth marathon took plenty out of Griffiths, his powers of recovery appeared to be as strong as ever, as he ran to a 9th placed finish at the Vitality London 10,000m in May before finishing 2nd at the Swansea Half Marathon in June. His recent form suggests he’s on track for a strong performance on Sunday, running a lifetime best of 49:41 for 10 miles at the Frank Duffy 10 Mile race in Dublin before helping Swansea to team victory with the joint fastest leg at the Welsh Road Relays on 22nd September.
Griffiths’ recent experience at World Championship and Commonwealth Games road races seems set to hold him in good stead ahead of Sunday’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship, and the Swansea man will be hoping to help Wales to a strong team finish against some of the Commonwealth’s best outfits.