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