Monday 8th October, 2018
Wales' men's and women's teams produced strong performances in Cardiff at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships on Sunday morning.
The start of the race
The men's team were led home by Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers), who finished 9th in 1:02:56, an excellent performance as he continues to build back towards full fitness after a spell on the sidelines through injury. “I’m pretty happy with my time given the circumstances of my year. I just wish I had been in the same shape as last year because I could really have been up there,” said the Swansea Harrier.
Dewi was followed home by Kris Jones (Swansea Harriers) who smashed his lifetime best to clock 1:03:57 for 13th place, Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) who clocked a new lifetime best of 1:05:07, and Jonny Hopkins (Swansea Harriers) who shaved 3 minutes off his previous best to clock 1:05:20 for 18th.
The women's team were led home by Cardiff athlete Clara Evans, who stormed to a lifetime best of 1:14:15 to finish in 11th place wit a brilliant run. Clara was followed home by Rosie Edwards (Rotherham) who also notched a new personal best as she finished 13th in 1:15:25, Jenny Nesbitt (Worcester) who finished 17th in 1:16:14, and Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Swansea Harriers) who finished 24th in 1:19:41.
There was an Aussie take-over in Cardiff as they walked away with a gold and three silver medals from the Commonwealth Championships. Jack Rayner took pride of place as he beat off the Ugandans and Kenyans in the race of his life to take the men’s title in a massive personal best time of 61:01. That gave him a seven second cushion over Fred Musobo, with Timothy Torotich third a further nine seconds back.
Jack Rayner won the inaugural Commonwealth title
With former refugee Dejen Gebreselassie finishing eighth, Nicolas Harman 12th and Ed Goddard 15th, the Aussies were also able to finish second behind Uganda in the men’s team event, with England taking the bronze.
In the women’s race, Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel took the title in 69:45 with Australia’s Celia Sullohern coming home in the silver medal position in six minute PB time of 71:04. Uganda won the team event and Australia second, with England taking bronze - led home by Tracy Barlow who clocked a lifetime best of 1:12:17 to finish 5th.