KAMWOROR LEADS THROUGH PENARTH TO WIN WORLD HALF MARATHON

Geoffrey Kamworor leads the pack of elite male runners into Penarth Marina . Double-Olympic champion Mo Farah is wearing a blue cap about 10th place

Geoffrey Kamworor – who went on to win –  leads the pack of elite male runners into Penarth Marina . Double-Olympic champion Mo Farah is wearing a blue cap in about 10th place at this stage

Back the the Pack: An unusual position for Double-Olympic champion Mo Farah (in the blue cap) as eventual winner Geoffrey leads the elite men through the Marina

Back of the Pack: An unusual position for Double-Olympic champion Mo Farah (in the blue cap extreme right) as eventual winner Geoffrey Kamworor leads the elite men through the Marina

Geoffrey Kamworor of Team Kenya has clocked the fastest time 59 minutes 10 seconds – to win the “Men’s Elite Race” in the Cardiff Half Marathon – despite a stumble at the start in Cardiff .

The marathon was shown live on TV as it passed through Penarth Marina

The marathon was shown live on BBC TV as it passed through Penarth Marina

Fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki was second and Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah of Team GB took bronze for third place. Farah said he was “disappointed” and that it would have been “nice to win, but there were better athletes who won on the day”

The Women’s Elite Race – which was started separately some 25 minutes ahead of the “elite men” – was won by another member of the Kenyan team  Peres Jepchirchir. Mary Wacera was second and Cynthia Limo third.

The Elite Women were the first group to begin the half-Marathon - passuibng ghrough Penarth Marina about 25 minutes ahead of the men

The Elite Women were the first group to begin the half-Marathon – passing through Penarth Marina about 25 minutes ahead of the men. Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir went on to win in 67 minutes 31 seconds .

The race began in overcast but mainly dry conditions . A slight drizzle began as the competitors reached Penarth Marina and a forest of umbrellas opened before the elite men arrived.

Umbrellas galore were unfurled as the heavens opened. Many spectators had been unsure of the times the athletes would come through the Marina and did not know of the several different groups starting at staggered times.

Umbrellas galore were unfurled as the heavens opened. Many spectators had been unsure of the times the athletes would come through the Marina and did not know of the several different groups starting at staggered times.

These three young Penarth specators cheered on every single competitor they saw

These three young Penarth spectators cheered on every single competitor they saw

Later in the afternoon there were heavy showers and strong winds. Despite  the conditions, a large number of spectators – almost as many as watched the October half-marathon –  lined the route to cheer-on the star runners and the other competitors .

65 Year old Mrs Andrea Jones of "Women Running Penarth" put in another creditable time in torrential rain - cheered on by her daughter ( Sorry for the raindrops on the lens) . Several members of Women Running Penarth were taking part

65 year old Mrs Andrea Jones of “Women Running Penarth” put in another creditable time in torrential rain – cheered on by her daughter (left) ( Sorry for the raindrops on the lens) . Several members of Women Running Penarth were taking part

The local contemporary choir Vocal Harmony were in fine voice outside the Oystercatcher Pub to keep spectators entertained as they waited for the runners to arrive

The local contemporary choir Vocal Harmony were in fine voice outside the Oystercatcher Pub to keep spectators entertained as they waited for the runners to arrive

As crowds had gathered at various vantage points on the Windsor Road Railway bridge and in the Marina entertainment was provided by the Vocal Harmony “upbeat contemporary choir” performing outside the Oystercatcher Pub at the Marconi roundabout  – who sang up-beat inspirational  numbers designed like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” which might have been designed to spur-on the runners – and no doubt did just that.

Runners would have to have noticed the black road sign to realise they were no longer in Cardiff and were entering Penarth

Runners would have to have noticed the black road sign to realise they were no longer in Cardiff and were entering Penarth

Penarth Town Council had discussed the idea of setting up a ceremonial arch – like the one at the finishing line – at the “Gateway to Penarth” so that the runners – and the world-wide tv audience would know when the race was in Penarth .   It never happened.

Geoffrey Kamworor was on his own as he crossed the winning line at 59 minutes 9 seconds.

Geoffrey Kamworor was on his own as he crossed the winning line at 59 minutes 9 seconds.

 

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10 Responses to KAMWOROR LEADS THROUGH PENARTH TO WIN WORLD HALF MARATHON

  1. Tom says:

    Some people will watch anything.

    • Martin gossage says:

      Some people will complain about anything .

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Congratulations to all however we are paying 5 % more Council Tax in the Vale currently than significantly cheaper Cardiff are for the privilege of this disruption to our Local Economy.
      External and Tourist income to Penarth Nil just the usual “Robber Barons Court” Traffic Chaos.
      Tourist income to Cardiff City Centre estimate at least £2 million. Roll on the Cardiff and Vale amalgamation when we in Penarth will have a voice in the organising of Cardiff and Bay Events and some of the benefits.

  2. Mike Jones says:

    Yes Tom, I like to watch paint dry, what do you like to watch. I expect you are about as exciting as watching paint dry, would love to have a pint with you zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. Peter Church says:

    Hold the front page: Sub Saharan athletics Win Marathon again.

    In other news Vale Council Tax goes up by more than inflation again.

  4. Phil – Do you really welcome the thought of worse schools (just out of administration by a whisker), worse Refuse Collections (ask any Cardiffian), higher Council Tax (to pay for all those nice new buildings in the city centre), a lengthy Housing List (far higher than the Vale) – thse are just a few of the so-called “benefits ” of mixing it with Cardiff in 2020.
    Anthony.

  5. helen says:

    Stop moaning! It was a fantastic event. I can’t believe how many negative people live in Penarth. Foe goodness sake cheer up you miserable lot!

    • Seth says:

      Why aren’t people allowed to say what they think? Since when were we all under an obligation to be relentlessly, buffoon-ish gleeful? Where would being thankful and unquestioning about everything get us? We’re all different. Stop telling us what to think!

      • snoggerdog says:

        the thought police are alive & well all over the uk ,germany ww2 critisize the nazi party at your peril , now over here its race hate ,gender hate etc even mild intolerance is labelled “hate” by the pc brigade

    • Martin gossage says:

      Yes it was fantastic but I say again Penarth was disrupted for no benefit or acknowledgement by the media etc. I know people who think Penarth Pier is in the Bay!!
      We are not a Cardiff suburb yet!!!

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