For the second weekend in a row, the roads of South Wales proved fruitful terrain for Run-Fast’s male and female athletes alike.
The annual Cardiff Half – now an IAAF Silver Label event, and one of the UK’s premier half marathons – is an event where our athletes generally perform well and post good times.
This year’s edition proved to be no exception with John Lotiang winning the men’s race in a new course record of 60:42. Part of a leading group of four athletes who passed 10km in around 28:30, John made his move at around 11 miles, quickly establishing a lead which was to prove unassailable. Last year’s winner Shadrack Kimining was 2nd in 60:49.
Speaking after his victory, John said “It was very tough, the course was very fast. Next year I want to come back and defend my title.”
This is the second half marathon John has won this year after his victory in the Warsaw Half back in March. Run-Fast teammate Elias Kiptoo Kemboi faded in the closing stages to finish 9th in 63:35.
The women’s race was thrown open by the withdrawal due to illness of pre-race favourite (and defending champion) Violah Jepchumba. On the line it was Kenya’s Edith Chelimo who took the win in a course record of 65:50, almost five minutes ahead of Run-Fast athlete Dorcas Kimeli who clocked 70:48 on debut at this distance. At only 20 years old, owing to this performance Dorcas is now an IAAF Gold Label athlete, and looks set to enjoy a lot of success in the future. Her 10km split of 31:53 was 20 seconds faster than her winning time at last weekend’s Swansea Bay 10k!
Elsewhere, at the Jersey Marathon, Japhet Koech finished 3rd in 2:30:26.