Josh Griffiths: Mr Marathon


Josh Griffiths: Mr Marathon

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-The ultimate race -

-26 miles, 385 yards.

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-A long and challenging race which

-saps energy and tests character.

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-April 23, the London Marathon.

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-A 23-year-old Welshman...

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-..creates the biggest shock

-in the history of the race.

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-This is interesting. That's Robbie

-Simpson, who's running very well.

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-There's an athlete ahead of him

-wearing 1154...

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-..which could well be

-Josh Griffiths.

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-This could be a real surprise here.

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-There he is.

-What a performance from him.

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-That's under 2:15.

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-I never in a million years

-thought he'd do something like that.

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-He must be an international

-if he's done that time.

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-He didn't look out of breath.

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-He's done something which thousands

-of athletes would be envious about.

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-Josh Griffiths will be competing...

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-..in the men's marathon

-at the World Championships.

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-The first Welshman to do that.

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-It hits you sometimes

-how well he's done.

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-When he's on the start line

-wearing the British vest...

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-..it'll be a proud moment

-for everyone.

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-This is a fairy-tale story.

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-Josh ran a marathon

-for the first time...

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-..and from nowhere

-became an overnight star.

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-Over 40,000 people have registered.

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-Will we get a world record

-from our elite men?

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-The great thing

-about the London Marathon...

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-..is we have the top guys

-at the front.

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-Just behind them

-there are always great stories.

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-As a commentator, you're looking out

-for somebody having a special day.

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-Someone doing something different

-to what they've done before.

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-I made the mistake of asking

-a week before London...

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-.."What time do you have in mind?"

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-He said, "2 hours 16."

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-I thought, "Oh, my gosh."

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-I didn't sleep that week.

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-I felt more nervous than Josh.

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-He'd trained well

-and was ready for the race.

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-I told him,

-"Show London what you can do."

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-He nodded his head and off he went.

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-The 37th London Marathon

-gets under way.

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-I started

-about one row behind the elite.

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-I'd pushed myself towards the front.

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-I worked my way through the field

-as the race went on.

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-He reached mile 13, halfway.

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-By then,

-he'd caught up with the elite.

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-He was in amongst them.

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-I looked at them

-and thought he was looking good.

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-I know all the elite runners...

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-..because I like to do my homework

-before a race.

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-I knew who they were

-but I didn't expect to race them...

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-..just to be in the same race.

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-When I started passing them,

-it was surreal.

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-He was passing Chris Thompson,

-Andrew Lemoncello, Scott Overall.

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-He must've thought he was near

-the front of the British athletes.

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-The Kenyans

-were in a group of their own.

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-I then waited for the English

-and Australian runners to come...

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-..but it was Joshua who came next.

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-Only the odd runner comes through,

-not the masses.

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-So not a lot of people shout.

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-Only three athletes were running,

-and I was the only mother.

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-So some of the people around me...

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-..starting shouting,

-"Come on, Josh!" because I was too.

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-It was at the last second coming

-round the corner of the Mall...

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-..I looked out the window and went,

-"Who's that guy there?"

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-Swansea vest

-and wearing a normal number.

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-This is interesting. That's Robbie

-Simpson, who's running very well.

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-There's an athlete ahead of him

-wearing 1154...

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-..which could well be

-Josh Griffiths.

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-It was a scramble to find out

-who he was as he crossed the line.

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-As ever, those stories in London are

-the ones which grab the headlines.

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-What a performance from him.

-That's under 2:15.

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-He could well be the first

-British athlete across the line.

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-When I realized that I was British

-champion, it was a big shock.

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-As he finished the race,

-his fingers were up here.

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-He looked up at his time

-and went like this.

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-I couldn't believe it.

-He didn't look out of breath at all.

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-As a father...

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-..I'm so proud

-I can't put it into words.

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-I never in a million years

-thought he'd do something like that.

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-If I go to give him a hug

-after he's finished a race...

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-..he's not really cool about it.

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-But I got a nice hug

-at the end of that one!

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-What Josh did was something

-all club runners dream of doing.

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-The gap

-between a very good club runner...

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-..and the lower echelons

-of international running...

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-..isn't that big,

-but they don't all do what Josh did.

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-Though he made his name

-on the streets of London...

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-..Josh is certainly a hometown boy.

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-This is Gorslas.

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-This is where I grew up.

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-Dad lives a couple of villages away.

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-I live here with my mum,

-stepdad and brother.

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-It's a small community.

-Everything you want is around here.

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-This is where I run all the time.

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-It's a good place

-to run and to live.

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-The whole family

-lives in the Gwendraeth Valley.

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-They back him

-and are his biggest supporters.

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-Alright?

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-Where have you been?

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-Where have you been?

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-Training.

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-Where did you go?

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-Where did you go?

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-Near the house.

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-A flying visit

-to see Mam-gu and Dad-cu. Well done!

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-We've been following Joshua

-for many years.

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-We'd go here and there on weekends

-in the cold and rain.

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-We'd be knee-deep in mud

-when he did cross country!

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-He's quiet. He knows his own mind.

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-Once he's made a decision,

-no-one will change his mind.

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-We've always been so close.

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-Having the same interest

-helps us both.

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-Llyn Llech Owain parkrun is

-the local weekly community race...

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-..where a fairy-tale story

-can emerge from the grassroots.

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-Llyn Llech Owain parkrun

-is the one closest to my home.

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-I've done it a few times

-and I really like it.

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-It's quite a tough course

-but it's a beautiful one too.

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-It's nice to run with people

-who enjoy running.

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-Good morning.

-Welcome to Llyn Llech Owain parkrun.

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-Three, two, one, go.

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-Josh isn't racing today...

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-..but the new local hero is here to

-start the race and to support Dad.

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-He's been training hard,

-even if he doesn't say so himself.

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-I think he went flat out

-for the camera! No, he ran well.

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-It's hot!

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-Well done.

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-Is there something in the genes?

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-Is there something in the genes?

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-There must be.

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-Everyone in the family

-likes to do something...

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-..whether that be running,

-playing rugby, cycling and so on.

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-I don't think anyone enjoys

-sitting in the house doing nothing.

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-We'd rather be out doing something

-and competing.

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-That's in Josh, no doubt about it.

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-Well done.

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-Yes, running is in the genes.

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-I think it started

-when he was in school.

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-One thing I noticed

-when he played football...

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-..was he could run all game.

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-His stamina was evident early on.

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-When he was 11 or 12, he was always

-the last boy in Year 7.

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-He carried a bit more weight.

-Puppy fat, I suppose.

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-By Year 9 into Year 10...

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-..he'd finish in the top three

-in the schools race.

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-The next step

-was joining Carmarthen Harriers.

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-Keep it up. Well done.

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-To this very day, Sharon, Josh

-and his brother Trystan...

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-..still train on the same track

-every week.

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-After I crossed the London Marathon

-finish line, everything changed.

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-It was all strange to begin with.

-I wasn't used to it at all.

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-I'm a bit more used to it now,

-but it's still a bit strange...

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-..to be driving round

-with a camera in the car.

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-The Welsh Athletics Championships.

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-Lending his support as a VIP

-is the new star of Welsh athletics.

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-It's a bit crazy

-that people are recognizing me now.

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-You get used to it over time.

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-You kind of enjoy it a bit too.

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-It's what you dream of

-as an amateur runner.

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-There too are a few legends...

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-..including the hero for

-every marathon runner, Steve Jones.

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-Jones sees

-he's got 200 metres to go.

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-He's going to smash the UK

-All-Comers record out of sight.

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-The Newport Harrier became

-the fastest man in the world...

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-..over the marathon

-in Chicago last October.

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-The first marathon he'd finished.

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-What a run he's produced today.

-Absolutely magnificent.

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-Steve

-still holds the British record.

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-He's very generous with his time

-and in giving advice.

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-I coached myself

-between '84 and '86.

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-That's when I had

-my most marathon successes.

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-But it's tough.

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-In the early days, I would've

-stayed home, stayed with my coach...

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-..and stuck to what worked

-for London.

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-These next three years

-could be the difference...

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-..in finding a real job

-or staying with the running.

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-Like the young Steve Jones,

-Josh coaches himself too.

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-To coach yourself, you've got to be

-mature and listen to your body.

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-I have a master's degree

-in sports coaching.

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-I hope I know what I'm doing!

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-I follow my own programme.

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-I create the programme

-by looking at YouTube videos.

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-When he was at university...

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-..he trained

-with the group they had up there.

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-But I think he was happier

-when he was by himself.

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-He knew what he was doing. He wasn't

-following what others were doing.

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-He now runs 120 miles a week.

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-Some days,

-I wake up and everything hurts.

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-I can't move but I know I have

-to run about 20 miles that day.

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-There's no choice -

-I just have to do it.

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-In the past, I've said no

-to going out with my mates...

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-..but I don't mind because

-I want to give running my best shot.

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-Whatever the outcome, I want to look

-back and know I've given my all.

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-Running is a lonely existence.

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-So, sometimes,

-it's nice to have Dad's company.

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-I can't run the same times as Josh

-or at his pace...

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-..but we sometimes

-do a long run together.

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-We start at the same time and Josh

-will do a couple of extra miles....

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-..but we finish at the same time.

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-We can chat about training and we

-keep each other company in doing it.

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-What's on the menu?

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-Butternut squash and salmon

-is my lunch today.

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-A snack

-before going for another run later.

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-I eat quite a lot.

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-I try to look after myself

-but Dad does most of the cooking.

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-Keep the food simple.

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-There are no masterchefs

-in this house!

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-When he comes back, the bills

-are massive! It more than doubles.

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-All he says to me is

-"I want a lot."

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-What I find difficult

-is I have to shop almost every day.

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-I saw a man in the Co-op yesterday

-and he said, "Here again?"

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-I said, "Yes!"

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-I'm always shopping for food

-and it all goes.

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-With six weeks

-until the World Championships...

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-..and with support from Welsh

-Athletics and British Athletics...

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-..Josh has been invited

-to run in the Hamburg half marathon.

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-With the World Championships

-in London getting closer...

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-..Josh has been invited to Hamburg

-to run in a half marathon race.

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-I've come to Hamburg because

-it's a really good standard race.

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-It's a chance to run fast...

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-..but it'll also give me experience

-of running against a strong field.

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-This will be my first race

-as a professional.

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-I'm looking forward to it.

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-It's his opportunity to test himself

-against elite African athletes.

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-It's great to be

-in the same race as Kenyans.

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-It'll be great to mix with them,

-see how they do things...

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-..and try and beat

-one or two of them.

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-I see it as an honour

-to come out here...

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-..because not many people

-get the chance to do it.

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-I want to show I deserve

-to be on the start line.

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-His last race before London.

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-I really get in the zone

-when I start to warm up.

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-He needs

-a confidence-boosting performance.

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-When I put on my race shoes...

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-..a switch flicks in my head

-saying, "I have to run hard now."

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-The course was harder than expected

-with the trees. It was hot.

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-How was it racing

-against the Kenyans?

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-You have patches where you feel good

-and patches where you struggle.

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-They don't care how you feel,

-you've just got to go.

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-As expected,

-the Kenyan runners led the way...

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-..and Josh was happy

-to finish as the first European.

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-I'm very happy with the position.

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-I've come out of the race

-with my second quickest time.

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-It's always nice to be the first

-from Europe and the first white man.

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-I wanted to run a bit quicker,

-but I've finished the race healthy.

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-I have another six weeks.

-This was never the goal.

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-I've learnt

-that you have to be tough.

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-I'm getting there,

-but there's still work to be done.

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-The trip to Germany

-proved worthwhile.

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-Back in Gorslas...

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-..the weekly hydrotherapy sessions

-help to prevent injuries.

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-I trained hard this morning.

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-I come here to make sure I recover

-after a hard session.

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-I stretch after the session and then

-go straight into the cold pool.

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-It's about 3 degrees,

-so it's really, really cold.

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-Every time I come here, I dread it.

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-It hurts, especially the feet.

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-This is the hardest session

-I'll do today.

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-You feel better after coming out.

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-It'll help me

-to be able to train hard tomorrow.

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-Are you glad it's over?

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-Yes, it's freezing.

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-From the freezing cold pool

-to the heat of Portugal.

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-As a professional runner...

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-..he can take advantage

-of the best facilities.

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-Nothing is discounted to ensure

-he's ready for the big race.

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-I've been in Portugal for two days

-and everything is great.

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-The facilities are great,

-it's a nice track...

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-..and it's nice to run in the sun.

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-It's really good to train in.

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-I've just done a long 28-mile run

-in 30 degree heat.

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-I hope now, whatever the weather

-will be in London...

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-..that I've prepared properly.

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-In the last week,

-I've run over 120 miles.

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-It's just over four weeks to go

-until the Champs on 6 August.

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-I'm really excited and there's

-enough time to get more training in.

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-Just counting down the days now.

-I'm looking forward.

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-Back home, the hard work continues,

-mile after mile.

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-# Day after day

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-# Thoughts vanish in an instant

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-# Time after time #

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-I'm looking forward. I've

-trained hard since the marathon.

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-I feel

-I can run very well in London.

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-# Day after day

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-# One after another #

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-I had one day off

-after the London Marathon.

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-Before then, I didn't have a day off

-for over a year.

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-On Christmas Day, I ran twice.

-It was a hard day.

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-The meal was nice when I had it.

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-Just three weeks

-before the World Championships...

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-..Josh is back in Cardiff

-for another special day.

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-He's here to receive his Masters

-of Science in Sports Coaching.

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-Joshua Griffiths.

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-On Sunday morning in London, he'll

-step onto a much bigger stage...

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-..with a worldwide audience

-watching.

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-When he went to university,

-we gave him a poster.

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-On the poster, it said

-"Follow your dreams."

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-I think the time has come.

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-The dream has come true.

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-For most athletes, that chance

-to pull on a British vest...

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-..in a World Championships

-is an incredible thing to do.

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-Most never ever

-get that in their career.

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-He's done something which thousands

-of athletes will be envious about.

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-There's more pressure now

-because people have heard of him...

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-..but I don't think

-he sees it as pressure.

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-He's looking forward to it.

-He's getting the opportunity to run.

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-All he wants to do

-is finish in a good time...

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-..as part of the British team.

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-He must know there's more there.

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-I hope he doesn't go over the top

-and try to double it.

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-Just carry on doing what he's doing.

-A natural progression.

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-Expectation will be there...

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-..perhaps from those who don't

-understand what he's going into.

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-The World Championships

-is the best people in the world.

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-If he finishes in the top 30,

-he will have done incredibly well.

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-It's sinking in how well he's done.

0:23:050:23:08

-When he's on the start line

-wearing the British vest...

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-..it'll be a proud moment

-for everyone.

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-Whatever he does

-at the World Championships...

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-..it's been a fabulous story,

-but I'm sure it won't end there.

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-When you get a little lick

-of the ice cream...

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-..you want more

-once you've tasted it.

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-Wearing the British vest

-will be really special...

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-..but it's not just

-a British vest...

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-..I'll be wearing a Gorslas,

-Ysgol Dyffryn Aman...

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-..Carmarthen Harriers,

-Swansea Harriers and Wales vest.

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-I've come from the bottom

-and I've worked my way up...

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-..and now I'm on the big stage.

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-It'll be a special moment for me.

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