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 .
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 – 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.
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 .
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.
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.