PENARTH PROVIDES PERFECT WEATHER FOR 22,000 HALF-MARATHON COMPETITORS

The leading pack of runners were cheered by the crowds and serenaded by a youth choir as they entered Penarth Marina

The leading pack of runners were cheered by the crowds of spectators and serenaded by a youth choir as they entered Penarth Marina with a live tv motorcycle camera covering them in close up.

Clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine greeted the 22,000  competitors in today’s annual Cardiff Half Marathon reached  Penarth Marina on their route around some of the most scenic spots in the capital.

As usual, all the fastest runners hailed from Kenya.

The leading runners reached Penarth in a record 17 minutes

The leading runners reached Penarth in a record 17 minutes. It was Shadrach Kibet Korir (second from right) who was to win the men’s race in 1 hour 54 seconds

In the lead as the race entered Penarth were race veteran Ben Siwa who knows the route well and Sibrian Kotut  – with rivals Chesum and Shadrach Kibet Korir hard on their heels.

The lead pack had been expected to arrive in Penarth within 18 minutes of the start – but in fact were a lot faster than that and ran the route from Cardiff Castle to Penarth Marina in just over 17 minutes.

It was Korir who went on to win the men’s race in one hour, 0 minutes and 54 seconds, taking almost a minute off the previous record.

The leading wheelchair athlete reaches Penarth Marina

Richie Powell of Ebbw Vale went on to win the men’s wheelchair race in 1 hour 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

The start of the race had been staggered to allow first the wheelchair athletes and then the fastest runners away first .

 

The leading female runner Violah Chepchumba seemed to be floating on air as she passed the Oystercatcher Pub accompanied by a tv motorcycle team - part of the live broadcast coverage of the race

The leading female runner Violah Chepchumba seemed to be floating on air as she passed the Oystercatcher Pub accompanied by a tv motorcycle team – part of the live broadcast coverage of the race

The leading female runner at Penarth was the formidable Violah Chepchumba  – who was going like the wind . In common with all the leading athletes,  her footsteps were virtually silent on the road surface.

Jepchumba ran most of the women’s race on her own and clocked a record time of 1:08:14.

These two young spectators had a close up view of the fleet-footed front-runners - whilst others monitored the race outside broadcast coverage on mobile phiones

These two young spectators had a close up view of the fleet-footed front-runners – whilst others monitored the race tv outside broadcast coverage on mobile phones

Soon there was a solid wall of runners heading town Terra Nova Way and the Cardiff Barrage

Soon there was a solid wall of runners heading town Terra Nova Way and the Cardiff Barrage

Penarth spectators applauded and cheered every runner - urging them on as they turned into the marina

Penarth spectators applauded and cheered every runner – urging them on as they turned into the marina

 

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3 Responses to PENARTH PROVIDES PERFECT WEATHER FOR 22,000 HALF-MARATHON COMPETITORS

  1. AK says:

    I see there is a plan for a full marathon in 2017.

    Exciting !

  2. Terry says:

    It’ll fill a gap.

  3. AK says:

    I can think of a couple of people on the forum who won’t be happy !

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