Wednesday 3rd October, 2018
An international runner and orienteer, Kris Jones (Swansea Harriers) will be hoping his experience at major competitions can help him towards another successful half marathon performance at the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship on Sunday morning.
The Scotland-based Swansea harrier has had another busy year of competition, not only with his running but with his orienteering too. 2018 started with victory for Jones at the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country International, where he won the Scottish Inter-District Championships, before running a new half marathon lifetime best of 64:58 to finish 2nd at the Inverness Half Marathon back in March.
Attentions then turned to the summer track season for Jones, where he produced some of the best performances of his career to date, most notably smashing his 5,000m lifetime best by over 20 seconds at the BMC Grand Prix in Loughborough where he was victorious in a time of 13:45. He also contributed to Swansea’s British Athletics League efforts, before turning his focus to the World Orienteering Championships which took place in Latvia in early August.
Representing Great Britain and going into the race with hopes of a top 3 finish, Jones wasn’t quite able to produce the performance he desired, although he still finished a creditable 10th place in the Individual Orienteering Sprint. He swiftly returned to road racing in late August, where he was victorious at the Aberdeen Half Marathon before clocking 29:57 to win the City of Stirling 10k on the 9th of September.
Recent form suggests Jones could well be on schedule for another lifetime best performance on the roads of Cardiff Sunday morning, as he looks to help the Welsh team to a high placed finish at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship.