2023 Cardiff Half Marathon Preview
The 20 edition of the Cardiff Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, which will see a battle among former winners.
Shadrack Kimining (Kenya) returns to Cardiff, looking to chase the course record at the event where he made his international debut with victory back in 2016. His last trip to Cardiff came in 2019 where he lost out to Leonard Langat in the closing metres to finish second in 59:32.
2022 winner Beatrice Cheserek (Kenya) will be familiar with the course and as a fierce competitor will be looking to retain her title on Sunday. So far this year Cheserek has won three half marathons, in Santa Pola, Riyadh and Tallinn.
The Welsh Half Marathon Championships is also incorporated in Sunday’s event.
Challengers for the men’s Welsh Half Marathon title include Chris Thomas (Thames Valley) who has represented Wales on the international stage, Thomas completed the Copenhagen Half Marathon earlier this month in 66:27.
Silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 Championships will be returning, Mike Ward (Cardiff Athletics) set a new personal best of 66:48 at least years edition, whilst Ciaran Lewis (Les Croupiers) will be competing in his first half marathon this year.
Jenny Nesbitt (Pontypridd Roadents) will head the Welsh contingent in the women’s Championship. She will be joined by fellow Commonwealth Games teammate Beth Kidger (Brighton Phoenix), Caryl Edwards (Swansea Harriers) who recently took victory at the Llanelli 10K, Alaw Evans (Les Croupiers) the CDF 10k 2023 Champion, and Anna Bracegirdle (Salford Harriers) who finished second in last year’s Championships. Also returning is 2022 bronze medallist Olivia Tsim (Pontypridd Roadents).
Alongside these athletes, thousands of runners will be flooding to Cardiff to take part in this prestigious half marathon. Good luck to everyone who is participating.