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Cardiff Half Marathon

Jason Mohammad presents live coverage of the 2016 Cardiff Half Marathon. Featuring the strongest elite field ever assembled for this event, including defending champion Ben Siwa.


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It has been a busy few months on the streets of Cardiff, starting back in

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March when we witnessed one of the all-time great World Half Marathon

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Championships. And the Cardiff crown is returned en masse when Wales

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returned home after defeat by Portugal in the Euro 2016 semifinal.

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And then the world's most popular story teller, celebrating the

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birthday of Roald Dahl the two days in September. And finally the return

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of Wales' Rio Olympics and Paralympic stars following success

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in Brazil. Hello, good morning to you, welcome

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to the Cardiff Half Marathon. What did year it has been for Welsh

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sport, what a year for the capital city of Wales, and today a

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record-breaking 22,000 runners are about to take part once again in the

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Cardiff Half Marathon. Today's 13.1 mile run sets off here in the shadow

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of the castle and finishes in the glorious Civic Centre, and when the

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final runner crosses the line close to 30,000 will have taken part in

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the weekend's activities, including Alfie's Angels who won the took up

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the half marathon challenge and, like everyone here today, have a

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story to tell. I think doing the run will help more children be able to

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have wishes when they go through life threatening illnesses. We are

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aiming to break the world record for the half marathon dressed as

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superheroes. It is 75 minutes at the moment, we want to break that and

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get as close to 70 as we can. I will be running barefoot. I did not start

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running at all, I never even ran for a bus, before I was I think 52. I

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suppose what I am saying is it is never too late. As always, the elite

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runners get things under way. Look for the Commonwealth Games marathon

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champion of 2014, Flomena Daniel. In the men's race, last year's Cardiff

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Half Marathon winner, Ugandan Ben Siwa.

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That elite race was really special last year and the wonderful thing

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about the Cardiff Half Marathon is you get all shapes and sizes running

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in the main race, especially people like Sir Runalot, who is with Jodie.

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Sir Runalot is not your average marathon runner. What is your quest

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today? Not to die is probably the main thing on the agenda! We are

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trying to do it in under 3.5 hours to set a world record and raise some

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money. Can I ask why the suit? I had the suit, thought I would take up

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running, I had some free time! What is the biggest challenge? You are

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carrying 30 kilos? Close, I have trained in a suit weighing up to 30

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kilos but this one is a little lighter to shake a few then it's

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off, this is 26. It is not so much the weight but the padding, you have

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some pretty thick padding underneath and I will be sweating not! I will

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probably bring about four or five times as much water as the others.

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No dehydration on this course? Mass dehydration but I will try to stave

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it off as long as possible! What time are you aiming for? Just under

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3.5 hours, we are trying to get a new Guinness World Record but a few

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of the parts we needed only arrived a few days ago. This will be my

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first half marathon, if we can set the time today it means I can set it

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against and take the world record next time. Raising money for?

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Mencap, please check us out on Facebook or YouTube. Best of luck.

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It is a gorgeous morning here in the capital city of Wales, Sir Runalot

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is going to be very, very hot this morning! The other great thing about

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the Cardiff Half Marathon is people travel from all over the United

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Kingdom to run in this marathon, raising money for good causes right

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across the country. Last year one of the highlights of our coverage of

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the Cardiff Half Marathon was seeing Christian Malcolm get his trainers

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on running alongside some of those runners and getting some wonderful

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stories. We are delighted to say Christian is back

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with us. Yes, I am back again this year. It

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is all quiet here at the moment but later on I will grab as many of the

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runners as possible as they run by. I will not be speaking to the elite

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athletes because they will be far too quick for me but after that I

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will be speaking with plenty of the masses. The other great thing about

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the Cardiff Half Marathon is you get to see celebrities as well #FULLST

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OP Gethin Jones joins me, bore da. Are you running here in an official

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capacitymuch grief on the start line that I decided to run it this year I

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am running today, I was here in an official capacity last year and had

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so much grief on the start line that I decided to run it this yeardo it

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together, getting through to the end line, raise a lot of money. But you

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walk around Cardiff I am running with my best friend Sean, we have

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set up a charity, both of our nephews are autistic, this is the

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furthest he has ever run, so we will do it together, getting through to

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the end line, raise a lot of money. But you walk you see all your

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friends from school all raising money for brilliant charities, so I

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wish everyone the best this morning. I know how proud you are being a

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Welshman, but how proud many reasons to love it, but mainly on half

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marathon day. I love Cardiff for many reasons but the biggest today

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is that it is flat! 13.1 miles with no hills being from Cardiff? This

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city looks magnificent this morning, doesn't it? It does, the weather is

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perfect, Chile with a bit of fun, but you are right, so many reasons

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to love it, but mainly on half marathon day. I love Cardiff for

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many reasons but the biggest today is that it is flat! 13.1 miles with

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no hillsten Cate, but this is a bit further, a tough challenge, we will

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do it together and look forward to a nice Sunday lunch what about the

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fitness? De Gea do much runner in Copacabana when you were in Brazil?

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I did more than you! Enjoying yourself in a nice warm studio in

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your shirt and tie! It was great being out there, I love to keep fit.

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This is a challenge, lots of people go out and do a ten Cate, but this

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is a bit further, a tough challenge, we will do it together and look

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forward to a nice Sunday lunch if I can ask about work as well, I see

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you on the television screens, radio, social media, it is all going

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well for you? I am trying to keep up with you! I am doing Strictly Come

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Dancing at the moment, and it is always weird going back there after

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appearing on the show, everything is the same, they use the so that is

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one way of keeping fit, but today it is about the the side football

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player. When they said he was turning up for our match I thought,

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OK, I fancy a crunching tackle early on, but I could not get near him!

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You faked injury at the last minute! Got a bit scared, this one! Good

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luck today, good man the other things you don't know about Gethin

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Jones, he is a great buy the side football player.

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When they said he was turning up for our match I thought, OK, I fancy a

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crunching tackle early on, but I could not get near him! You faked

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injury at the last minute! Got a bit scared, this one! Good luck today,

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good this is a remarkable story, Rory Coleman, ultramarathon runner,

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just a few months ago could not even walk after being struck down by a

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really serious illness. Today, incredibly, he is on the

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start yes, I am with Rory Coleman, ultramarathon runner who has had an

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incredible journey to even get here today. Tell us all about itI was

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well on my way to doing my 1000th marathon but back in April I came

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back from a marathon and neck down. Your body's Stephen Parry syndrome,

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which is a really rare disease that affects about 600 people a year and

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I was paralysed from the neck down. Your body's immune system, nobody

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knows why, and it has been a frightening journey. Even to be

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walking again is remarkable. To be running two months on from there is

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incredible, really it must have been an incredibly emotional time for it

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must have been an incredibly emotional time for youit has been an

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interesting journey my wife has been a rock through the whole thing. It

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has been an interesting journey, psychologically, it is called it is

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better slowly. I have seen life GBS, getting better slowly. I have seen

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life from you must be very perspective. Inspirational for you

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to even be here today, you must be very very proud, it is my hometown,

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it looks fantastic. I am a coach, if I a spoonful of my own medicine...

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Good luck today, will be slower than my marathon personal best today, but

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it is a day out! Go for it I will be slower than my

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marathon personal best today, but it is a day out! Go for itwe wish him

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and his family the legend Gareth Thomas got involved with 16 women,

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trying to get them you will remember last year Welsh rugby legend Gareth

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Thomas got involved with 16 women, trying to get, and got them ready

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for the Cardiff Half Marathon. They loved it so much, he is back

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for ball months ago, Welsh sporting legend Gareth Thomas took on his

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biggest challenge training 100 on the Cardiff Half Marathon to take on

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the Cardiff Half after a long hot summer of blisters blood, and blood,

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and are, we are about to find out how many, if any, of this year's

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Alfie 's Angels will cross the finish line. Alfie's Angels!

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If you were watching BBC One Wales earlier, you would have seen some of

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the angels and the main man himself, Gareth Thomas. Bore da, how are you?

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Can I just say, I love this. I was born with my hard on my sleeve, a

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fire in my soul, and a map I can't control! Brilliant! Very proud to be

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Welsh! How proud of you of the angels? Unbelievably proud. This

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year we tried to match what we did last year and somehow managed to

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excel at, we have got 100 women who have come from some difficult lives,

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difficult professions, and they have managed to cram in training in 16

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weeks to run the half marathon and that, in my eyes, is legendary. I

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remember talking to you last year and you saying how tough it was

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because some of these women were really unzipped. Is it the same this

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year? Do you know what, the whole process is that they have to do

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inspire other people who watch things like the half marathon and

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think, I could never do that, but I would

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love to one is pushing them do it. All of these women watched the girls

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last year and thought, I would love to try that, so they applied for it,

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this time last year all these women did not think they could do it and I

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am sure there are people now thinking, I could never do that, but

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this time next year they could be on the start line. Do you advise them

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on everything from technique to nutrition to just general

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well-being? It is all about well-being, having a healthy

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lifestyle. The half marathon is like a carrot to dangle in front of them

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but the reality is today is like the beginning so it is all their own

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works, we give them a guideline, but these are the people who have the

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determination to get up every morning, go to work, run a house,

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look after their children and also fit in the training for the half

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marathon. These are the people who have done it, we have just guided

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them. A remarkable achievement. Luckily they have got their names on

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their best here so I can remember them! JoAnn, good morning to you,

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are you nervous? I am petrified if, -- if I am honest. I have got a bit

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of an injury, so I am nervous about that. I have been advised to take it

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easy and not do anything stupid, but I am going to try my best. As long

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as I make it to the end, it is an achievement. What is the injury? As

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stress fracture to mighty big about two months ago, let it heal, started

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running again and developed ligament damage which was more painful than

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the fracture. It is getting better but still quite painful. I saw the

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physio and she's brilliant, strapped it up, painkillers, I am ready to

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go. That is the spirit! She is a nurse, 12 hour shifts on her feet

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constantly, so come on! How has the training worked for you? It has been

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amazing, the best 16 weeks of my life, I will grieve when it ends, it

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has been amazing, loved it. Wonderful spirit, you have an injury

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but you are still here. We have some of the others here, Betts, how are

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you feeling about the Cardiff Half Marathon, any nerves? Raring to go,

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I just want to get it done, get it started, let loose! Really? Yes, let

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me free! Fighting talk! I have done a lot of training, listened to

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James, listened to Alfie, great advice, and I think I am ready. What

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distances have you been running? Up to 11 miles so far in Pembrokeshire,

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which is hilly, lots of sheep and cows! They get in the way, don't

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they?! I have to jump over them and everything, obstacles in

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Pembrokeshire! No injuries? No, I am fine. Wonderful. Nicola, nice to see

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you, where are you from? I am from Cardiff. Were you fit before you

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started with Alfie? Not at all, very own fit. Going from nothing to this

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now, yes. How inspirational, I know what he is like as a rugby player,

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what has he been like for you? Really good, very motivational, a

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great sport, and more importantly really down-to-earth and lovely with

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it. He has really got us going. Is he a tough coach, though? Yes, at

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times! I get here, yes, I am, in the background! You need to be strict!

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If running was easy, everyone would be doing it. Something that is hard,

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you need somebody to push you sometimes. What these women didn't

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realise is in their everyday lives they have more detained minute --

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more determination than I ever had, so I just had to channel that into

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something they didn't like, running. Once they were determined to run,

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these women can take on the world. Absolutely brilliant, Alfie, thank

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you very much indeed. I wish you all the very best. Of course, this

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course has already been used earlier in March this year when the World

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Half Marathon Championship came to Cardiff.

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The elite women under way, these are a fast women. The world Cross

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country champion will test Mo Farah completely and utterly today. Fall

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at the start, I think it was one of the favourites, horrible way for him

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to start the defence of his title. Down to just Kenyans and Ethiopians

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at the front. This exciting new talent from Kenya. Back to the men's

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race, taking on the job of trying to work together at the front, and

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straightaway Mo Farah has reacted. This will come down to a sprint

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finish and look at her go. She wins the world half marathon. There is Mo

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Farah and there you can see the leaders, I would estimate about 100

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metres ahead of him at this point. Do not underestimate Mo Farah and

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how well he can stay focused. This may well be one of his best

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performances ever, to win the world half Marathon title. Mo Farah takes

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one more look behind and checks, he gets the bronze medal for Great

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Britain. Well done to him, that was hard.

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It was a very wet day in the capital city but we have very fond memories

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of the world half Marathon championship coming to the capital

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city of Wales, so does this man, marathon legend Steve Jones. We have

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spoken so much about the build-up to the world half Marathon championship

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and it was a massive success. It was fantastic, the only bad thing was

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the weather and we can do anything about that. But to see the Kenyans

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going as fast as they did, close to a world record, under an hour, and

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Mo coming back from being dropped early in the race to finish third

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was fantastic. What did it do for Cardiff, having that event in the

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city but also Welsh athletics? I think it did a lot, it elevated the

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race to a world-class level, not that it wasn't before but we took

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another step forward. We have an opportunity to apply for the World

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Championships again, I think it's done great. We had good British

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performances as well, so hopefully we can feed off that and move to the

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next level again and become one of the best in the world. You have also

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been part of the Organisation for the Cardiff half marathon, have you

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been surprised at the speed in which this event has grown? It's like a

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Rolling Stone, it's like a snowball rolling down a hill, getting bigger

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and bigger. This race and the World Championships, almost 50,000, 45,000

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people running and we have had three races in a calendar year, over

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60,000 people running, it is getting better and better. Do you have your

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trainers? I do not! On purpose! Thank you. The elite race was

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special last year, Ben Siwa was the winner and he expects another fast

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race this year. It will be faster than last year, because last year

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after 12 kilometres, I think this year is more faster. I've done quite

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a few races now, and I think every race which hasn't been a major

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championship I have won so far, hopefully keep that going but I

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think it will be tough. I am looking forward to running a good time in

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Cardiff, or is not running making someone run a good time because I

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need to make Cardiff a big race, that is my ambition. I ran a quick

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kinky here a couple of weeks ago won that, I was only a few seconds off

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my PB. My training has been good, when I was preparing so I have to

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try tomorrow. From a UK point of view I would be disappointed to be

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out of the top three. I am a proud Welshman, I want to win a Welsh

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title and win as many as I can whilst I can. Two more sportsmen

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from Wales who enjoy winning, early start lads, are you running? Yeah,

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clearly, 18 stone marathon runner, that is me! But no, we are pleased

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to be invited down. People travelling from all over the UK to

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be here. Its outstanding, it's touch a prestigious event now, amazing to

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see how much it's grown, it's great for the capital. Have you ever taken

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part? No, unfortunately not, I cannot imagine myself running in

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general. It's just lovely to be part of the event to be honest. A really

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nice atmosphere isn't it? Yes, and a nice day fortunately. Someone said

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earlier it feels like an international rugby match. It's

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nice. What about you, do you ever run half marathon or marathon, do

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you like a long-running? No! I am good at one thing and I have that

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thing. My family are taking part will and they are better runners

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than me. Lots of people raising money for wonderful causes across

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the UK. That's what it's all about. A lot of people out here having fun

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and pushing themselves and doing it for a good cause. Look at that, I

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know you are a proud Welsh man, we have just been talking to Gethin

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Jones who is a proud Cardiff boy as well, look how beautiful it is.

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Incredible scenes, so many people on the streets, like we were saying, it

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is like a match day. Great to see. You can see the masses they are to

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the left of your picture looking absolutely wonderful, Cardiff Castle

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resplendent this morning in the autumn sunshine. How did you enjoy

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the homecoming, Paralympic and Rio homecoming on Thursday evening, nice

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to be welcomed home? Definitely, with all Success Wales has had its

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nice to see people coming out and celebrating with us. Another amazing

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year for Wales sport. Yes, we are punching above our weight. It's been

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some year with incredible Welsh success and we have excelled. It's

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an honour to be part of that. What is next for you? I am racing with

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sky now, my first race with them a week today, I will be getting on the

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bike for a few hours, back to work. Here we go, time for the anthem.

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Thousands of people not just taking part in today's Cardiff half

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marathon but thousands of spectators lining the streets of the capital

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city of Wales, the principality stadium will be full as well in

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November for the autumn internationals. And for the six

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Nations which gets underway in February and March but today is very

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much all about the Cardiff half marathon. The first race of the day

:24:51.:24:56.

about to get underway as we see the wheelchair athletes getting ready

:24:57.:25:00.

for the starters gun. Names to watch out for in this include the

:25:01.:25:03.

favourite Richie Powell, three-time winner of the Dublin Marathon. Also

:25:04.:25:11.

with the half marathon personal best of 49 17. Also watch out for Gary

:25:12.:25:16.

Cooper. Also represented Wales in coarse

:25:17.:25:41.

fishing, but today it is about the Cardiff half marathon.

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Let's say good morning to Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson who is part of the

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commentary here. Good morning, a wonderful day. It's fantastic,

:26:20.:26:24.

perfect conditions for running and for the wheelchair race but I think

:26:25.:26:29.

her Cardiff it's huge. This is the second-largest half marathon in the

:26:30.:26:34.

UK, two and a half million pounds raised for charity, 22,000 runners

:26:35.:26:37.

and it helps put Cardiff Wales on the map of athletics. We were

:26:38.:26:46.

hearing from Ben Siwa who won last year and is expecting another quick

:26:47.:26:50.

race largely because of the course being so flat. It's a beautiful

:26:51.:26:54.

course, for most of my career I trained on about everything apart

:26:55.:26:59.

from the barrage. The road quality is good, it's protected for a lot of

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it and there are only a few ups and downs. It's quite a fast finish into

:27:04.:27:08.

the last half a mile but I think the support of the crowd also helps, and

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the support around Roath Park. Do you get the feeling one of the

:27:20.:27:23.

reasons that people are so excited not only watching at home but also

:27:24.:27:27.

coming here today is simply because they have loved this summer of sport

:27:28.:27:32.

with the Paralympics and Olympic Games? It's been amazing, if you

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asked the four months out of the Olympic and Palin pick teams would

:27:38.:27:39.

do so well I would not have thought so but it inspires people to get up

:27:40.:27:46.

off the couch. You look at Alfie's Angels. It's important to have

:27:47.:27:50.

events on the back of these major sporting events to give something

:27:51.:27:55.

for people to aim for. It's great Cardiff have done it, especially on

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the back of the World Championships as well. Plenty more to come from

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having events like this. Chatting to Steve Jones about the rapid growth

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of this event, has that surprised you? It has, you look at other half

:28:09.:28:14.

marathons and it's slower growth. I think there was a time people

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thought maybe marathons were dying off, people did not want to run half

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marathons, but anybody can do it ten K, a lot of people want the next

:28:23.:28:29.

step up, I think when you see the quality of the course it is one that

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anybody can do on a few months training and you can be OK on the

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back of it. I think the quality of the course makes a huge difference.

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The mass race is huge, I never would have expected to have 22,000 people

:28:43.:28:47.

coming to Cardiff to do that. Thank you very much indeed for the moment,

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part of our commentary team and she is absolutely right, if you want to

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get involved go to the BBC Sport website to get inspired. We are

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almost ready, 22,000 runners getting ready for the Cardiff University

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Cardiff Half Marathon, let's hand you over to our commentary team,

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Tanni Grey-Thompson and Stewart story.

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Good morning everyone, a talented field and a quality course. And the

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elite will now be introduced, some of them. It really is a good field

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and they could challenge the race record. Griffiths of Great Britain

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and Wales. The defending champion, Ben Siwa of tenure, he will probably

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need a little more than his best today as the opposition is buried

:29:52.:29:52.

tough today. Went to Rio and represented Kenya.

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And this man is a winner of the Paris Marathon, he will be a real

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threat, Kotut. And of course Rachel Felton, it's a mixed race, for times

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winner of the Cardiff ten K, won that race recently. The Cardiff Half

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Marathon defending champion, both defenders are here. Flomena Daniel,

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the reigning champion is here. And here you have talent emerging

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rapidly, so close to the world record this year, one. Sixth fastest

:30:45.:30:54.

marathon runner of all time. The race record held by a Kenyan, 61.5

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one. And Susan Partridge 71.10. We are not using the World Championship

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times because the course is slightly different, there was a slight

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deviation on that course so they have opted for the race record set

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on the normal Cardiff Half Marathon. 13.1 kilometres ahead of them. And

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the race will be a challenge for all.

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The race will be tough for all of them. It will be. They like to set

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their own watch as they go across the finish line and what is great

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about this race is having the elite men and women in together, I think

:31:49.:31:52.

it will produce some very fast Times for the women. Loyola, who we are

:31:53.:32:01.

expecting to go off early fast, she could get a nice protected run, it

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will be interesting to see how close she can get to that world record

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pace. The conditions are fine, the sun is shining, there is a slight

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breeze at the finish, where we are, but I must say that the talent up

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front is quite considerable, and they will spread quickly on this

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course, and the Millennium Stadium, the wonderful array of facilities,

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there it is, bottom right, all of those wonderful moments in there. As

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a Welsh rugby supporter, many memories there. It is important for

:32:43.:32:47.

the runners, you want a fast course, decent road quality, but having nice

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things to see along the way, not for the elite Runners, but those a

:32:52.:32:54.

little further back who are maybe taking two or three hours, who start

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to war, it it does help to have those I can make -- iconic things to

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see. I saw a few people heading to the start line today, it is good.

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Look at this, already the elite athletes are out Allah, as one would

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expect. We mentioned Kotut, what a season he has had so far. World Half

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Marathon Championship 2003 was his brother, a former winner of the

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London Marathon, twice the great North champion, so he has a real

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pedigree and he has taken the early lead here. Dewi Griffiths is right

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on the back of that group of Africans there, along with Taguchi.

:33:44.:33:58.

But the elite field, as we expected, already making their way forward,

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and I would expect, we are looking around about the hour, possibly 61

:34:03.:34:08.

minutes for this race, and it would mean they're running well worth an

:34:09.:34:11.

average of four minutes and 39, said that is a tough ask. But it

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certainly is possible here today. I think the race best performance will

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certainly go. I think Dewi Griffiths is our best hope from a British

:34:27.:34:30.

point of view. But he needs to run his own race, he needs to pace

:34:31.:34:34.

himself. We saw at the World Championships when Mo Farah

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struggled with some of the early pace and came back strong, but he

:34:40.:34:43.

wants to hang onto the back as much as he possibly can. I'd tell you

:34:44.:34:47.

what, Jepchumba is already flying and some of the men already finding

:34:48.:34:50.

it difficult to stay with her. When you look at this woman, the sixth

:34:51.:34:58.

fastest of all time, absolutely magnificent. As a competitor, second

:34:59.:35:04.

on the all-time over ten kilometres, incidentally. She did not realise

:35:05.:35:08.

she was doing that, 30 minutes 24, and they wondered why she was not

:35:09.:35:12.

trying the 10,000 metres in Rio, she did not try for that. Meanwhile, the

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second phase will be getting underway and of course these phases

:35:17.:35:20.

are determined by the times they have performed in the past or are

:35:21.:35:24.

likely to perform, so that it becomes a nice flowing race, and

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there will be point at which the five kilometre, ten kilometre, 15

:35:30.:35:36.

kilometre, 20 kilometre time is come up, but in all it is a 13.1 mile

:35:37.:35:41.

race and we hope to DVD pace as the elite go on but all of these people

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will have their own stories, they will report back to their offices

:35:45.:35:48.

the following day, tomorrow morning, either boasting about a personal

:35:49.:35:52.

best or how much money they have raised for the numerous charities

:35:53.:35:57.

that are being serviced here on this very fine day in Cardiff. I think

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800 charities are represented here, hoping to raise ?2.5 million. That

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is the other great thing about running, which you have in this

:36:10.:36:11.

country more than others around the world, is that people dress up and

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try to raise money, it is not purely about covering the distance, and

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with 22,000 people running on the streets, it can be quite hard to run

:36:22.:36:26.

your own race, to have the pace that you want. I was chatting to some

:36:27.:36:30.

people this morning, this was their first half marathon, they were so

:36:31.:36:34.

excited about being here, and my advice was, don't go off too hard,

:36:35.:36:37.

don't get caught up in the atmosphere because you want to be

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finishing in good shape as well. I tell you what, many friendships

:36:47.:36:48.

emerge from events like this, don't they? They do, athletics is a great

:36:49.:36:52.

sport for pulling people together. When you look at the course, it is a

:36:53.:36:56.

beautiful course to be going through, past Cardiff City Stadium,

:36:57.:37:00.

onto Penarth Road, absolutely perfect runners. It is, down the

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marina, the barrage coming up there and then around Cardiff Bay, up

:37:07.:37:12.

through the heart of the bay, the Norwegian Church, the Wales

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millennium Centre, and then of course heading right up north to the

:37:16.:37:21.

beautiful Roath Park, coming around that park and back again, there it

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is, then they will turn back towards the finish at 13.1 miles. It is a

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marvellous course, you are quite right, Tanni, and it takes in the

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very best that Cardiff can offer. It does, and for the athletes who are

:37:42.:37:45.

running, it is beautiful to know there are things along the way that

:37:46.:37:49.

you can take off. If you look at Roath Park, that is the point where

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the brothers will be able to mark where they are, and for the back

:37:53.:37:56.

runners it will be inspirational. This is the leading gates now, Dewi

:37:57.:38:01.

Griffiths on the back, as you can see, along with the Japanese

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absolute right in the middle in the blue strip, but certainly the main

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part of this race, they are looking very comfortable indeed. Dewi

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Griffiths is still in the pack, getting protected. There can be a

:38:29.:38:35.

little bit of wind around here and it is more likely to be in their

:38:36.:38:39.

face at this point so he is running smart, he is making sure he gets as

:38:40.:38:48.

much protection as he can. We would expect to see him there for a long

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time. The leader at the moment was 11th in the Paris half marathon this

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year, and we saw him this year, he paced the race this year. He has got

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a 28: 48 14 barometers on the road as well. We will give you some

:39:15.:39:21.

update on the pace once we get the miners coming through, but they are

:39:22.:39:25.

heading towards the second mile now, beyond my old one, heading to mile

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two. It is interesting they have chosen not to have pace runners in

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this race, because we are used to seeing it in the big-city marathons,

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London, Berlin. It is quite different from the athletes running

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where they have to set their own market when they are just running

:39:41.:39:44.

behind somebody, following the back of someone's shirt. It will be

:39:45.:39:48.

interesting to see how the athletes who are used to having the pace

:39:49.:39:51.

runners look at this in a different way. You have to make so many more

:39:52.:39:56.

choices as an athlete if you are not just following someone. They are

:39:57.:40:00.

just going around the corner there. And another start, which is fabulous

:40:01.:40:05.

to see. So many stopwatches clicked as they go beyond the start line and

:40:06.:40:11.

head out. Your advice earlier on, start off slowly and go slower,

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always the best policy for those that are not used to running a race

:40:16.:40:21.

of this kind. But there will be club athletes who will have gone behind

:40:22.:40:28.

the elites, they will be looking for personal bests. You can see there

:40:29.:40:31.

are so many people here that some of them are having to walk, they will

:40:32.:40:36.

take time to get over the line. 22,000 trying to get over the line,

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look at that, mobile phones being clicked, not much breath left to

:40:43.:40:45.

talk on the phone by the time they get into this race. The advantage

:40:46.:40:49.

these days is they all have chips in their shoes which gives everyone

:40:50.:40:53.

their mile times, which they need. Violah Jepchumba is still reading,

:40:54.:40:58.

looking very, very comfortable at the moment. She is a class act. I

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tell you what, six over all time is just unbelievable. Towards the end

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of this race, they are in Penarth Road in Cardiff at the moment, two

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miles, around about that mark. She has got no plans for a marathon yet,

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she might well run the marathon in 2018, 2019, but she looks so free

:41:26.:41:29.

running, doesn't she, this is a real talent. This is Daniel, the second

:41:30.:41:39.

of the athletes in there. Flomena Daniel. Incidentally we saw her in

:41:40.:41:51.

1999 in Dublin running as a junior in the world Cross country

:41:52.:41:55.

Championships, she was tenth, 118 silver in the Olympic 5000 metre and

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10,000 metre in Rio. In 2009 she won another medal. This young woman is

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absolutely flying, destroying some of the men in this field. Once you

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discover she has not run just under 66 minutes, this is world class in

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every sense, I think we might be seeing something special here. I

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think we could, and I would have maybe expected a few more of the

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slower meant to be with her and offer a bit of protection, but you

:42:28.:42:31.

have to admire, she just wants to go out and run her own race, lovely

:42:32.:42:35.

seeing this sea of people, they will be a lot of the charity fundraisers.

:42:36.:42:39.

You will be able to spot within the crowd, there will be people running

:42:40.:42:45.

with flags on their back which are tapping the pace, so the

:42:46.:42:49.

inexperienced runners will have the two-hour, 2.5 hour, three hour mark

:42:50.:42:52.

to know how careful they have to be not to run off to hard because an

:42:53.:42:57.

important part of the Cardiff Half Marathon, and all half marathons, is

:42:58.:43:01.

they want people to come back, they want people to think about joining

:43:02.:43:05.

clubs and participating. What is interesting, there are quite a few

:43:06.:43:08.

athletics clubs shirt here but also lots of people running for the first

:43:09.:43:19.

time. No break in that leading group of men, I must say, but one would

:43:20.:43:22.

not expect that at this stage. I have to say, the pace at which they

:43:23.:43:25.

are running, in marathons now, remember the Berlin Marathon last

:43:26.:43:27.

weekend, they ran the first half in 61 minutes 11, they are getting

:43:28.:43:35.

ridiculously fast. Just outside the world record. This group of

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athletes, very capable of a rant about the hour, certainly three or

:43:40.:43:44.

four of them are, and I am sure the personal-best will be broken here on

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this Perfect Day. You can see the trees in the background, very little

:43:50.:43:54.

breeze at all. Here at the finish, there is not a waiver of a leaf on

:43:55.:43:58.

the trees surrounding Tanni and I in the commentary box. Kotut just

:43:59.:44:07.

asserting himself, and I have to say, actually, he began running road

:44:08.:44:17.

races back in 2012. He has tried to develop his marathon running in

:44:18.:44:23.

2013, but he did not quite make it, he failed to finish. This is a nice

:44:24.:44:30.

part of the course, and very gentle climb. When you see people who say

:44:31.:44:36.

it is a flat, fast course, you don't always believe it until you run on

:44:37.:44:41.

something like Cardiff. There are very few undulations, which means

:44:42.:44:45.

you can just keep running at a very nice pace, and now they will be

:44:46.:44:48.

heading towards Penarth, there will be a bit more protection, and this

:44:49.:44:52.

may be where we start to see the crowds coming out as well. Although

:44:53.:44:55.

the athletes know what they are doing, having a little bit of

:44:56.:45:05.

support along the side really spurs them on. It doesn't matter who you

:45:06.:45:08.

are, front or back, you want that support. Well, there is the man

:45:09.:45:10.

himself, along with his flock. Alfie's Angels! 100 Alfie's Angels,

:45:11.:45:19.

moving on from 16 last year. I was listening to the interview earlier,

:45:20.:45:22.

Alfie has put them to the test and it will be great to see them come

:45:23.:45:27.

through. So successful last year, increased it tenfold in every sense.

:45:28.:45:32.

Brilliant to see their enthusiasm, I hope they feel like that at the

:45:33.:45:35.

halfway point and as they come towards the finish line. Having

:45:36.:45:41.

someone like Alfie supporting, encouraging, being a mentor or do

:45:42.:45:44.

these young women, it is great because it does not matter what gets

:45:45.:45:48.

people off the sofa, at the moment we know we need to get more people

:45:49.:45:52.

being fit and healthy and active. I love the fact they are all wearing

:45:53.:45:56.

bright pink so you can spot them. I hope they are able to stay together

:45:57.:46:00.

as well because that camaraderie, when the time is tough, ten miles,

:46:01.:46:05.

11 miles, it starts to hurt and you think you should have bought

:46:06.:46:08.

something else to eat or thinking about your hydration, that is what

:46:09.:46:11.

will keep you going, that people will keep nudging each other on

:46:12.:46:17.

together. I tell you what, the hydration point is very important,

:46:18.:46:21.

you don't necessarily feel you need a drink but you should take on-board

:46:22.:46:26.

fluid, particularly in these longer races. Absolutely. For the elite

:46:27.:46:30.

athletes, they will have been through huge amount of support to

:46:31.:46:34.

know at what point they have to have their special drinks, at what point

:46:35.:46:38.

do have water. The elite athletes won't be eating. For a lot of the

:46:39.:46:42.

fun runners, my advice to them is, take a snack with you, take some

:46:43.:46:48.

sweets, the advice is strong, don't use the gels if you are not used to

:46:49.:46:53.

them, don't drink the drinks. It is important that you get through to

:46:54.:46:57.

the finish in one piece. It was great to see a lot of people at the

:46:58.:47:01.

start this morning with bananas, making sure they were taking the as

:47:02.:47:04.

-- taking the advice to make sure It is quick, they are running about

:47:05.:47:19.

the hour mark, Kotut beginning to push it. The last time I was talking

:47:20.:47:23.

about him I said he tried to move to the marathon in 2013, he failed to

:47:24.:47:32.

finish, but he ran in September of that year, he was beaten by Stanley

:47:33.:47:39.

Biwott in the half marathon, broke 60 minutes. Dewi Griffiths

:47:40.:47:47.

struggling a little with the pace. When the pace was picked up it got

:47:48.:47:54.

challenging for Dewi but the thing is for him don't panic, run your own

:47:55.:47:59.

race and don't try to close the gap too quickly. When people go from

:48:00.:48:03.

running a half marathon to a full marathon they think it's just twice

:48:04.:48:06.

the distance but it's so much more than that, even in marathon running

:48:07.:48:10.

there is so many tactics involved, how you get the first mile right or

:48:11.:48:14.

wrong. If you start at a point in the middle where you are struggling,

:48:15.:48:23.

you start losing touch, even a small gap can collect a long way. At this

:48:24.:48:27.

point there is maybe 40, 50 metres tops, so for Dewi he just needs to

:48:28.:48:33.

keep thinking about how he can pull it back in. But the guys are looking

:48:34.:48:39.

very strong, this is the bottom half of Penarth, into the newer area of

:48:40.:48:46.

Penarth, there will be flats and other things around which will offer

:48:47.:48:50.

the more protection before they start heading out onto the barrage.

:48:51.:48:57.

In previous races that's been one of the toughest parts of the course

:48:58.:49:00.

especially for some of the small women with the wind coming off the

:49:01.:49:05.

sea but today could not ask for better running conditions. They will

:49:06.:49:09.

be coming up to the mile soon. Be in Penarth Marina and into Cardiff Bay,

:49:10.:49:15.

they go around the skirt of Cardiff Bay as they start to head up north

:49:16.:49:31.

through the city itself. We will try to keep you in touch with where they

:49:32.:49:34.

are on the course as we go along, they are settling in, it would be

:49:35.:49:39.

interesting if the Japanese could link onto Dewi Griffiths because the

:49:40.:49:44.

two of them together would be very much to their advantage, to stick

:49:45.:49:49.

together. The Marina looks beautiful, absolutely beautiful,

:49:50.:49:51.

wonderful scenes. Paralympian, T 36 406I understand --

:49:52.:50:03.

T 406I anyone who is an arm amputee, he has

:50:04.:50:25.

an issue with his right hand, it's easy to make the crossover, so it is

:50:26.:50:28.

good to see there is less separation than there needs to be. He was a

:50:29.:50:40.

Paralympian in London. But these masses, look at this, if you think

:50:41.:50:44.

about running 13.1 miles, wearing that sort of get up... It is

:50:45.:50:50.

incredible. There are some wonderful things, when I was doing interviews

:50:51.:50:54.

for the London Marathon walked up to me and I interviewed it, then a

:50:55.:51:01.

dragon walked up to me the following year and said you don't recognise me

:51:02.:51:09.

do you? I was the parrot last year! I wonder what makes people think I

:51:10.:51:12.

am going to do the Cardiff Half Marathon that dressed up? You think

:51:13.:51:18.

about all the planning and thought that has gone into it, I wonder how

:51:19.:51:26.

you would train dressed up in an amazing costume? I don't imagine you

:51:27.:51:31.

can run around the streets doing that. But we are back to the Marina,

:51:32.:51:36.

lovely shots. It's a lovely part of the course to be running on. This is

:51:37.:51:42.

a nice little break we have got, free breaking away. On the right

:51:43.:52:01.

with the yellow vest, he is a T46. Isn't that fantastic? Having grown

:52:02.:52:08.

up in Cardiff and seen the huge changes over the years within the

:52:09.:52:13.

city, it's absolutely stunning to see this. There were times when

:52:14.:52:17.

people would say that was the area you wanted to be in and it was

:52:18.:52:20.

incredible for the city, this is another thing which puts the city on

:52:21.:52:25.

the map. They have really picked up the pace, deciding they want to

:52:26.:52:29.

start splitting up the pack, an injection of speed which is quite

:52:30.:52:34.

interesting. It certainly is, I think they are about 61 minutes.

:52:35.:52:44.

Halfway between four and five miles around the Marina. They are coming

:52:45.:52:48.

up to the barrage which will be right in the middle is five miles.

:52:49.:52:57.

It was a subtle increase in pace but it was enough to take away, it looks

:52:58.:53:03.

as though four or five got away from the rest now. Familiar side of

:53:04.:53:14.

Africa are leading a major race. Moving very quickly indeed, this is

:53:15.:53:19.

going to be some race at the end. We will bring you date with the

:53:20.:53:27.

fortunes of Jepchumba as soon as we can, she is on a long run on this

:53:28.:53:32.

circuit and running against the clock, totally alone we understand.

:53:33.:53:39.

Really putting down the pedal and looking very quick indeed. Susan

:53:40.:53:43.

Partridge's fastest time for this course will definitely be broken, no

:53:44.:53:49.

question about that. Just outside 71 minutes, that's going to go, no

:53:50.:53:56.

question, 71.10 it is. Looking over at the right shoulder, potentially

:53:57.:54:01.

having a discussion with some of the athletes about what they are doing,

:54:02.:54:05.

that is quite normal, a lot of these athletes train and compete together

:54:06.:54:09.

all the time, it's interesting how much of a conversation can happen in

:54:10.:54:14.

the pack. They have decided they wanted to get rid of a few of the

:54:15.:54:15.

people hanging on the back. At the back in the bright yellow

:54:16.:54:38.

vest, finished third in a half marathon in tenure two weeks ago, it

:54:39.:54:47.

is held at 2500 metres altitude -- in Kenya. All the physiology behind

:54:48.:54:55.

altitude, when you are born and live there of course the advantage is

:54:56.:54:59.

always with you. Here we go with the young women totally on her own. This

:55:00.:55:07.

is Jepchumba. We reckon she is a roundabout four and a half miles

:55:08.:55:22.

out. She is running about 4.40 pace. Good running, she will be looking at

:55:23.:55:24.

her watch and working out the times. It is good running, just a bit of a

:55:25.:55:43.

surprise that some of the other men have not tried to stay with her but

:55:44.:55:49.

that this kind of pace, she is looking comfortable. It's a long,

:55:50.:55:55.

hard slog at this point, not having any protection, not having anyone in

:55:56.:55:58.

front of her to try and chase down. But you have to admire her for not

:55:59.:56:03.

wanting to settle into a women's race, just deciding I am going to

:56:04.:56:07.

get the fastest time. I wonder if she is now thinking maybe she should

:56:08.:56:12.

have tried for Rio, Tokyo, in marathon running? Maybe she wanted

:56:13.:56:20.

to go out and prove a point. I think she must be running between 5.02 and

:56:21.:56:32.

5.07 for each mile. Exactly five miles in 25.10. That's going to give

:56:33.:56:42.

our exactly 66 minute pace, which is very quick, very very quick indeed.

:56:43.:56:49.

The mile marker gave us the absolute, she is actually running at

:56:50.:56:56.

5.02 pace per mile. That's very fast. Certainly going to see

:56:57.:57:00.

something that will stand as a record here for some time. This is a

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newcomer, but she is something very special, began competing

:57:08.:57:11.

internationally in 2014, won several base races in Germany. Her

:57:12.:57:23.

breakthrough came when she won the half marathon in 69.29 last season.

:57:24.:57:31.

This year she won the discovery Kenya cross-country. She beat the

:57:32.:57:46.

world's steeplechase champion. She beat the Olympic marathon champion

:57:47.:57:55.

from Rio. She has come through, not quite from nowhere but really

:57:56.:58:00.

pushing the boundaries. Back with the men's race, looks like they have

:58:01.:58:06.

settled down a little bit. They are using the road surface, using the

:58:07.:58:12.

terrain, they have obviously decided they will just settle in for a

:58:13.:58:17.

little bit now and not push on too much. Have certainly made the surge.

:58:18.:58:27.

Richie Powell. He was on the 92 Paralympic team, competing for Wales

:58:28.:58:31.

at the Cromwell games as well. This is more of a time trial for him, the

:58:32.:58:38.

other wheelchair athletes are more developmental. He's pushing well,

:58:39.:58:42.

good technique. He's hoping for about 59 minutes, part of it depends

:58:43.:58:46.

on this part of the course, there are a few twists and turns. But at

:58:47.:58:53.

the moment looking strong. Out on his own as well which is difficult.

:58:54.:59:00.

But the men, they are all there. This promised and it is delivering.

:59:01.:59:13.

good crowds on a bright morning like this. Seeing a very classy race. I

:59:14.:59:37.

think having a whole weekend of events has encouraged people to

:59:38.:59:38.

think about I think the two of them running

:59:39.:59:55.

together, I said it would help and so it will. I think psychologically

:59:56.:59:59.

it helps if you have someone running on your shoulder, once you know the

:00:00.:00:03.

gap will be hard to close, having somebody run alongside you will push

:00:04.:00:10.

you on. Halfway is a tough point psychologically for anybody

:00:11.:00:12.

especially if you are between the leading pack and you have people

:00:13.:00:15.

chasing you down, the next group behind will be looking to close some

:00:16.:00:21.

of the gaps. Running between six and seven miles now.

:00:22.:00:30.

10K in a roundabout 29 minutes to give you some sort of clue.

:00:31.:00:44.

At this kind of pace they should be running about 4.4 one. It's

:00:45.:00:53.

interesting pacing they have got at the minute, they have gone through

:00:54.:00:59.

10K in 29 minutes. They are running about 62 minutes at the minute,

:01:00.:01:03.

probably quicker than that. It is tough to tell, you want to try to

:01:04.:01:08.

predict it but they are somewhere between 1.01 and 1.02 but still a

:01:09.:01:15.

lot can happen. If somebody put in a couple more bursts they could get

:01:16.:01:20.

closer to an hour. We might get an negative split on this, often that

:01:21.:01:27.

is the case. There we are, Dewi Griffiths and Matsui. He has a best

:01:28.:01:36.

of 63.1 two. Did that in February this year, 21st in the Yamaguchi

:01:37.:01:37.

have marathon. Taguchi was the other Japanese, but

:01:38.:01:50.

this is Matsui, there are two Japanese in the race -- Takeuchi was

:01:51.:02:03.

the other. This is Jepchumba. Still moving so very, very strongly. About

:02:04.:02:10.

halfway now on this race, this 13.1 mile journey. When Violah Jepchumba

:02:11.:02:22.

came here, well, they were saying that she is the future. Once she

:02:23.:02:29.

turns to marathon running, and I began by saying earlier that she

:02:30.:02:33.

won't run marathons yet, she says not yet, just gradually building and

:02:34.:02:37.

building, and so often the half marathon is used as the pathway to

:02:38.:02:41.

running a marathon, and of course it gives them some sort of clue as to

:02:42.:02:45.

what they can do a top weight before they set off on the second half of a

:02:46.:02:51.

marathon, but it is a new skill when you run that 26 mile race, it really

:02:52.:02:57.

is, it has different demands, but she is gradually, slowly but surely,

:02:58.:03:02.

beginning to develop her talent, and when you consider 65.51, the sixth

:03:03.:03:07.

fastest female of all time at half marathon, not bad at all. A couple

:03:08.:03:20.

of sub 70s. I tell you what, just hesitating for a moment, I think

:03:21.:03:26.

Batman and Robin... Here they are, the superheroes. There is a world

:03:27.:03:35.

superhero record, apparently! There is a world record for just about

:03:36.:03:42.

every kind of cartoon character! Somebody with a pancake, I don't...

:03:43.:03:49.

They are actually running pretty quick! To be running in the costume,

:03:50.:03:52.

it is not one of the biggest we have seen, but that is not bad running at

:03:53.:03:57.

all. I do actually hope they break the world record, especially here in

:03:58.:04:04.

Cardiff. I am wondering whether that was Flomena Daniel we saw in that

:04:05.:04:09.

shot as well. Nevertheless, look at this, this group together, seven

:04:10.:04:14.

miles, 32.49 at seven miles, that will give you... Between 62, just

:04:15.:04:23.

outside 62 minutes. They have slowed down a little bit, they are along

:04:24.:04:28.

Lloyd George Avenue at the moment. Still looking good, though. This

:04:29.:04:38.

race is still to emerge. The tea 46 man is in the lead. P1 pita bread in

:04:39.:04:51.

his personal best in the six. He is a 28.5410 kilometre run as well on

:04:52.:05:01.

the road. A little bit left for him. He is part of an organisation called

:05:02.:05:08.

Project Africa Athletics, a nonprofit organisation based in

:05:09.:05:11.

Northern Ireland which assists young athletes to come and compete out of

:05:12.:05:18.

their country, because remember, this is the first time he has ever

:05:19.:05:22.

run outside of tenure, so it is quite an occasion for him. I big

:05:23.:05:25.

organisations like that are important... -- run outside of

:05:26.:05:31.

Kenya. A lot of the athletes will have had foundation that help and

:05:32.:05:35.

support people, they want young athletes to be coming through and be

:05:36.:05:40.

given an opportunity. If you come from some other developing

:05:41.:05:43.

countries, it can be a challenge to get onto the European circuit, and

:05:44.:05:47.

especially when they have so many good athletes, so it is great to see

:05:48.:05:51.

the more established athletes helping, putting something back and

:05:52.:05:54.

making sure that the legacy of what they have done and achieved keeps

:05:55.:06:04.

going. Whilst we watch the man, I'm quite excited by what Jepchumba

:06:05.:06:08.

might do in the women's race. It is a race against the clock but,

:06:09.:06:14.

goodness me, she has been sub 66 before and she could well do it

:06:15.:06:17.

again here. In Tyndall Street at the moment. They are looking very

:06:18.:06:23.

comfortable, it looks like they have decided to settle down, maybe got

:06:24.:06:26.

rid of a few of the people they wanted to and have carried on.

:06:27.:06:30.

Jepchumba is looking good, she is rolling her shoulders a bit, but she

:06:31.:06:34.

is looking nice and bouncy, she has been running like that the whole

:06:35.:06:39.

way, she is looking comfortable, she is probably wishing that there were

:06:40.:06:43.

a few more around her, she is taking the odd glance behind her. I don't

:06:44.:06:47.

think she needs to worry about the other women catching, but she might

:06:48.:06:50.

like a bit of help and support right now. I think you are right, but she

:06:51.:06:54.

looks determined, deep in concentration. Very good stride

:06:55.:07:00.

length, she has maintained that, just a little dip on the floor, you

:07:01.:07:03.

can see the difference when they run slightly uphill, slightly downhill,

:07:04.:07:08.

it is working well for her at the moment, clearly out for a run

:07:09.:07:12.

against the clock. She is in great form, when you consider that this

:07:13.:07:16.

year she has run so very in strongly, she won Istanbul, she won

:07:17.:07:26.

Gothenberg in May in 68.01 and 65.51 in Prague, that was between the two

:07:27.:07:31.

races that I mentioned. She really has put in some half marathons this

:07:32.:07:35.

year and it is world class in every sense. To be running 66 on your own,

:07:36.:07:40.

she didn't even have anybody with her at the start, it is very

:07:41.:07:47.

determined running. I always admire an athlete who goes out and just

:07:48.:07:51.

wants to be the best they can. There is a good field of women here today,

:07:52.:07:56.

but she has obviously just decided she wants to go out and run fast. It

:07:57.:08:02.

is a bit of a shame there is not a bit more protection for her, but she

:08:03.:08:07.

has got a watch, she knows exactly what she's doing, keeps looking at

:08:08.:08:10.

her watch to see what her mile times are doing and where she is, looking

:08:11.:08:15.

very comfortable within herself. She is between seven and miles, isn't

:08:16.:08:29.

she, at this time. She is up, I would think, just approaching,

:08:30.:08:38.

37.11, I would think that she would be approaching that eight mile mark,

:08:39.:08:44.

really. But anyway, a little glance at her watch. That looks like mini

:08:45.:08:58.

area, doesn't it? It is, he has taken on the lead -- Mneria. The

:08:59.:09:06.

course here is ever so slightly downhill, so it might be their legs

:09:07.:09:10.

are just running a bit quicker, that it is interesting how they are all

:09:11.:09:13.

running alongside each other, just tested each other out and trying to

:09:14.:09:18.

look where their strengths and weaknesses are. At this pace it

:09:19.:09:22.

looks like it could be an interesting sprint finish, which is

:09:23.:09:25.

not always what you want at the end of a half marathon, but they all

:09:26.:09:33.

looked incredibly comfortable. Malaria, he was a big surprise in

:09:34.:09:39.

the Kenyan Olympic trials over 5000 metres, came from nowhere to get his

:09:40.:09:43.

place in the team. Some thought he might do very, very well indeed, he

:09:44.:09:47.

was third in the African Championships cross-country this

:09:48.:09:52.

year over ten Cate, he was fourth in the Kenyan cross-country as well in

:09:53.:09:56.

Nairobi at altitude. He has been around a bit this season. Must have

:09:57.:10:03.

been an experience in Rio in those Olympic Games. Ben Siwa on the left

:10:04.:10:10.

is the defending champion, must not discount the defending champion,

:10:11.:10:14.

best of 62.0 seven. Two big British art are the is in 2016. There is

:10:15.:10:27.

Dewi Griffiths. And Matsui. Joined by Kimosop. It is looking a bit

:10:28.:10:30.

harder at the moment the Dewi Griffiths. He will know this course

:10:31.:10:37.

is so well. But Kimosop was second last year, he is having a poor race

:10:38.:10:41.

today by his own very high standards. He ran in second, set his

:10:42.:10:46.

personal best last year of 63.3 Ron nine but I guess he might not be too

:10:47.:10:52.

much out of that time. -- 63.0 nine. What has happened is the lead group

:10:53.:10:56.

are putting on and they are very much quicker than last year's race.

:10:57.:11:00.

Half marathon running can be pretty cruel. The eight mile mark now, if

:11:01.:11:13.

you don't get your first couple of miles right, you can go from being

:11:14.:11:16.

in great shape and having an amazing day to just being much further down

:11:17.:11:19.

the field. But do we is looking comfortable, just probably would

:11:20.:11:21.

rather be a bit further up the road -- Dewi is looking comfortable. They

:11:22.:11:26.

are running about 65 minute pays if that timing is right. Dewi put in a

:11:27.:11:39.

lot of hard work. For any of the guys that run on the road, it is

:11:40.:11:44.

fairly hard going, not the most exciting training that you can ever

:11:45.:11:48.

do because it is long, hard miles, work in the gym, it can be quite a

:11:49.:11:58.

slog but he is doing a lot of it. The three running together, though,

:11:59.:12:02.

will be helpful. Jepchumba, Violah Jepchumba. Really, when she broke

:12:03.:12:11.

her personal best in 65.51, she went through ten kilometres at 30.24 and

:12:12.:12:21.

said after the race, I didn't realise how fast I was going, I have

:12:22.:12:26.

no idea that my ten kilometres was fast at all! There is an innocence

:12:27.:12:31.

about this young woman, she has a performance and majority beyond had

:12:32.:12:35.

-- beyond her years but there is a naivete in many respects. She isn't

:12:36.:12:40.

new, she has got everything to look forward to this season, but when you

:12:41.:12:44.

can run this quickly this often over a half marathon and look this

:12:45.:12:48.

good... The fact that she still has so much to learn about how she runs.

:12:49.:12:53.

She is a small athlete, only raise 52 kilos, that is not big at all,

:12:54.:13:00.

but her strength and her speed, I love watching some of the new

:13:01.:13:06.

athletes emerge because, how much you can learn about your running,

:13:07.:13:10.

how much you can push yourself, it is only by doing these sorts of

:13:11.:13:13.

races back-to-back that you know if you can push yourself harder. She

:13:14.:13:17.

has glanced at what again to see if she is on pace, and her running

:13:18.:13:21.

style has not altered too much in the 42 minutes that she has been

:13:22.:13:33.

running. Well, the masses, there is more of a concentrated look on their

:13:34.:13:38.

faces as they come through here, as the race begins to emerge. Some

:13:39.:13:43.

contenders on their own, some will be latched on to friends, some will

:13:44.:13:46.

have made new friends and latched onto them. And this is where the

:13:47.:13:53.

crowd support and the music really helps in terms of encouraging people

:13:54.:13:58.

on. What I say to runners, write your name on your shirt, because

:13:59.:14:02.

when times are hard, when you are struggling, the crowd will shout out

:14:03.:14:06.

your name, your running club, they might even just shout your number,

:14:07.:14:11.

but that really helps as well, because some of these men and women

:14:12.:14:15.

running here today, this will be a real challenge for them, this is

:14:16.:14:18.

when it starts to get very hard for them. It is great to see 22,000

:14:19.:14:25.

runners on the streets of Cardiff, lots of them raising money for

:14:26.:14:28.

charity, getting out there and doing it. This will inspire them to do

:14:29.:14:32.

more and more things, and I always think the fact so many run for

:14:33.:14:36.

charity, even when times are hard, when they are struggling, maybe they

:14:37.:14:40.

have some blisters, it gets them through to the finish line and that

:14:41.:14:50.

is really important. Let's have a look and see if we have got a little

:14:51.:14:57.

bit of movement in the men's race. They have been putting the pedal

:14:58.:15:02.

down. This is definitely looking, to me, as though we will have a fastest

:15:03.:15:06.

second half of this half marathon, certainly. Chesham putting the foot

:15:07.:15:14.

down, looking very good, so is Cybrian Kotut. Remember we saw

:15:15.:15:20.

Martin Lal win the London Marathon, he won the great North Run a couple

:15:21.:15:24.

of times, so there is a very strong family connection here. Force on the

:15:25.:15:35.

Portuguese half American in 2012, then it started to move on to the

:15:36.:15:39.

marathon, he failed on that account. Just moving back as we see the

:15:40.:15:44.

trailing group of three, Dewi Griffiths, Matsui, and Kimosop. He

:15:45.:15:57.

has a best of a roundabout 64 .55, his season's best this year. Part of

:15:58.:16:06.

Project Africa Athletics as well. Kotut looks like he is pushing on

:16:07.:16:11.

now. I wonder if they have had a look who is in the pack, looking at

:16:12.:16:15.

the strengths and weaknesses, it does not look like Kotut wants to

:16:16.:16:18.

wait too long for that sprint finish. He is starting, you can

:16:19.:16:22.

tell, they are not running alongside each other any more, they now are

:16:23.:16:27.

just trying to hang onto the back of him, so I think this is where the

:16:28.:16:28.

race will get interesting. They are between, just beyond nine,

:16:29.:16:41.

and the next marker will be ten miles. Kotut begins to move, he is a

:16:42.:16:52.

man who has been a low 60 minutes, his best this season is 61. They are

:16:53.:17:01.

all building up, you can see Chesum dropping off the back, finding it

:17:02.:17:05.

tough going indeed, he tried to read it and influence the race, but she

:17:06.:17:12.

has found it a little bit too much as Kotut takes it on along with

:17:13.:17:17.

Koria. Koria looks very good as well. Even one third of a mile ago,

:17:18.:17:26.

Chesum looked comfortable, he was driving it on. Going through 15 K

:17:27.:17:33.

and the times they are doing, it's good running. It's amazing how

:17:34.:17:39.

quickly you go from feeling very comfortable to just dropping out of

:17:40.:17:44.

the pack and suddenly you are isolated. Looks like they are

:17:45.:17:47.

picking up again, will be interesting to see what this mile

:17:48.:17:53.

time is, this will be one of the fastest ones.

:17:54.:18:07.

I think they are going to be closer to 61 on this day now, ten miles

:18:08.:18:22.

exactly, 46.42. They are just outside 61 minutes. Ten miles at

:18:23.:18:32.

Roath Park, they will turn back down towards the finish, they will go up

:18:33.:18:36.

to the top towards a miles at the highest point and then back down.

:18:37.:18:50.

I have done many brutal miles training around Roath Park in my

:18:51.:18:57.

time living in Cardiff, decide they are going up, it's a very gradual

:18:58.:19:02.

climb they come around the top, that is Roath Park Lake, they come back

:19:03.:19:08.

on the left-hand side and it's ever so gently downhill. Sometimes you

:19:09.:19:12.

can maybe feel you are having a bad run but it's that very slight

:19:13.:19:19.

incline which takes you up. Also for the fun runners, when they start

:19:20.:19:22.

coming to this point that is when they get to see where they are on

:19:23.:19:26.

the course, they can see who is behind them, who is in front of

:19:27.:19:30.

them, and I think those guys it's a really nice part to run around. Well

:19:31.:19:38.

protected. Lovely to see the some of the residents of local Holm out to

:19:39.:19:40.

support. -- a local home. Mneria is the Olympian, went to Rio,

:19:41.:19:55.

he is in the light blue at the back of this group of three. There is

:19:56.:19:58.

going to be a new champion today because Ben Siwa has not been able

:19:59.:20:04.

to stay with this group as they head up towards Roath Park Easter Road,

:20:05.:20:11.

about halfway to the top then they will start turning around on the

:20:12.:20:21.

other side coming back. This is where you can see the road ever so

:20:22.:20:27.

gently climbing. I remember years and years of training sessions on

:20:28.:20:32.

these roads. Lovely surface to be on but also really well protected. It's

:20:33.:20:37.

nice, you don't get a lot of wind. They are running across the road. I

:20:38.:20:41.

just wondered what he was doing, whether he was trying to force

:20:42.:20:45.

somebody through are just trying to break. This is unusual. I am not

:20:46.:20:50.

sure I have ever seen it like this where they are running from one side

:20:51.:20:56.

of the road to the other. He must have been a sailor in the olden

:20:57.:21:03.

days, a bit of tacking! Just running all over the place isn't he? I think

:21:04.:21:10.

it's interesting when you are trying to drop someone, that is more

:21:11.:21:13.

relevant when you see it in a wheelchair racing. The point is that

:21:14.:21:18.

you may will want the other athlete to go ahead and do some of the

:21:19.:21:23.

leading because Kotut has latched onto the back. He does not want him

:21:24.:21:34.

behind him, that is the thing, does not want to help them by allowing

:21:35.:21:38.

him to run close behind him, wants to make his own run. It can also be

:21:39.:21:43.

quite claustrophobic if you have somebody right on your shoulder,

:21:44.:21:49.

running step-by-step behind you. Koria just wants to run his own

:21:50.:21:54.

race. If you are running and trying to

:21:55.:22:13.

shake them by running across the road, I hope it doesn't take away

:22:14.:22:20.

from the concentration of his times. Now they are at the top of Roath

:22:21.:22:24.

Park Lake, they will come round, quite a tight turn as you come round

:22:25.:22:33.

to come down the other side. It's not a difficult corner by any means

:22:34.:22:36.

for the runners to get round but knowing you will be heading back

:22:37.:22:40.

down and this is where you will be able to see Dewi Griffiths and some

:22:41.:22:43.

of the others might be able to see the distance that the lead runners

:22:44.:22:48.

are in front of them, it can be positive motivation. I certainly

:22:49.:22:55.

think that Korir is going to increase his personal best year. It

:22:56.:23:04.

stands at 62.4 zero. Heading back towards the city centre, down Roath

:23:05.:23:14.

Park road west. Let's have a look, ten miles, 51.50. She is now 68

:23:15.:23:24.

minutes. She has dropped off a little bit on that pace, and I'm not

:23:25.:23:29.

surprised. I'm not surprised when you're on your own for the whole of

:23:30.:23:32.

the race. You will start slowing down. It's almost impossible to do

:23:33.:23:39.

any kind of negative split when it doesn't look like there is anyone

:23:40.:23:45.

around her, nobody for her to chase. Her shoulders rolling more, her head

:23:46.:23:49.

moving more from side to side. But that would be expected at this stage

:23:50.:23:52.

in the race when you are on the own and running a time trial. Running

:23:53.:23:58.

around about 68, probably just inside 68. And still no change,

:23:59.:24:12.

Kotut of Kenya hanging on. Two Kenyon is once again, way out in

:24:13.:24:19.

front. Mneria has dropped way off the back. They have mortared along.

:24:20.:24:39.

This might be an opportunity for Dewi Griffiths, who has run his own

:24:40.:24:45.

race all the way through, to start picking through some of those

:24:46.:24:47.

runners who cannot stay with this pace. Between 11 and 12 now, on this

:24:48.:24:59.

13.1 mile course. This is going to be a very strong sprint finish

:25:00.:25:06.

between these two, unless Kotut drops off but when you consider what

:25:07.:25:10.

he has done this year, just won the Paris Marathon, the half marathon

:25:11.:25:15.

this year and the Paris Marathon. Surprise winner of the race. He has

:25:16.:25:22.

real strength endurance and I am sure that speed endurance will come

:25:23.:25:28.

with it. At the moment this looks like more of a psychological battle

:25:29.:25:33.

between the two of them. I cannot remember seeing a race like this

:25:34.:25:37.

where you have a leader moving across the road so much. You

:25:38.:25:40.

sometimes see it happening once or twice but he must be getting very

:25:41.:25:45.

stressed out that he is sticking with him. Moving backward and

:25:46.:25:51.

forward in a strange way, he needs to concentrate on his own race,

:25:52.:25:54.

think about his own thing and not jumping about all over the place.

:25:55.:26:03.

Just moving to one side, doesn't want him to draft, does not want him

:26:04.:26:08.

behind, does not want to help him in anyway. Trying to take the

:26:09.:26:14.

assistance away him. For Kotut, if he knows he has another athletes

:26:15.:26:19.

booked, that he is worrying him, this is playing into his hands. He

:26:20.:26:24.

must know he has a good sprint finish in him and can put pressure

:26:25.:26:29.

on, for Korir, he must know there is a lot of stress in the athlete for

:26:30.:26:34.

him to be doing this. It's an interesting psychological game as

:26:35.:26:36.

well as a physical game going on at the moment between the two of them.

:26:37.:26:42.

They are running between 61 and 62 at the moment. Unless they have

:26:43.:26:49.

moved on a little, we will try to get you more accurate timing that

:26:50.:26:52.

looks as though it is down to these two quite comfortably in the end.

:26:53.:27:01.

Richie Powell having a bit of a coast on this downhill. For the

:27:02.:27:07.

wheelchair athletes, you can use the ups and downs of the course as well

:27:08.:27:12.

to get a break which you can do in running. You spoke to him earlier,

:27:13.:27:19.

and he said he was expecting around about 59. He was hoping for that, if

:27:20.:27:23.

he was able to maintain his technique throughout the race. For

:27:24.:27:28.

the wheelchair athletes it's more like cycling, you're using the

:27:29.:27:32.

corners, the ups and downs and he is now back into a very strong push.

:27:33.:27:37.

Looking very comfortable, nice technique. Going over the bump at

:27:38.:27:46.

the finish line. Looks pleased with that. That's a very good ride for

:27:47.:28:02.

him. He should be pleased with that because he's not a natural half

:28:03.:28:06.

marathon athlete, started as a sprinter, moved up to the distances,

:28:07.:28:10.

he is a strong athlete, doing that time today on his own, he should be

:28:11.:28:17.

pleased. Coming up to 12 and a half and look at this, people Korir

:28:18.:28:24.

looking to get away from Kotut, this is a big attempt. This is total

:28:25.:28:31.

commitment, Kotut cannot latch on to him at the moment, is this the

:28:32.:28:38.

significant break he wanted? This is another gradual climb and it goes on

:28:39.:28:41.

for about 200 metres then you go up and over the bridge, it's almost

:28:42.:28:46.

like a sprint down, quite a nice, fast finish, this is the point to

:28:47.:28:51.

make people hurt, quick look over the left shoulder, wanting to see if

:28:52.:28:56.

the gap has grown anything and it has. This is significant and he is

:28:57.:29:00.

committed now, totally and utterly committed. Between 12 and just

:29:01.:29:07.

before 12 and a half miles, totally and utterly committed now, it looks

:29:08.:29:10.

to me as though he may well have beaten him. Almost all know. I think

:29:11.:29:17.

if this is the point you are going to commit, look at the grimace on

:29:18.:29:21.

his face, he is working really hard. There is no room for mistakes at

:29:22.:29:25.

this point, once you've made the decision you have to go for it and

:29:26.:29:28.

make sure the other athletes behind you is hurting as much as possible.

:29:29.:29:35.

For Kotut, it's looking hard. Korir keeps looking over his shoulder,

:29:36.:29:38.

just wants to make sure the commitment he has made has been

:29:39.:29:44.

worth it. This is the first time he has competed outside Kenya. What a

:29:45.:29:48.

feat it would be if he comes away with a win on this fabulous

:29:49.:29:52.

occasion. Looks now as though he has got away, he is increasing the

:29:53.:29:55.

pressure and that's the way to do it, in the final stages of this

:29:56.:30:00.

wonderful Cardiff Half Marathon. It's been an enthralling race. As

:30:01.:30:06.

far as the women are concerned up your demonstration. But the men have

:30:07.:30:12.

had a race and suddenly, Korir of Kenya, came here with a personal

:30:13.:30:17.

best of 62.40, I just wonder if he will challenge the race record of 61

:30:18.:30:25.

minutes and 51 seconds? The women's is definitely going to go, that is

:30:26.:30:32.

71 minutes, Susan Partridge's record of 71 minutes ten seconds will

:30:33.:30:38.

certainly go with Jepchumba. On the turn and shortly towards the 13 mile

:30:39.:30:45.

mark. He's not convinced he's made the break yet because he keeps

:30:46.:30:49.

looking over his shoulder. Wants to make sure he has nobody sitting on

:30:50.:30:54.

him. Another little kick, are planned over a railway bridge so you

:30:55.:31:05.

have to really in hard. Then it is, once you around the corner, it's

:31:06.:31:08.

pretty much downhill and you are onto the flat. At the moment with

:31:09.:31:13.

that climb it looks like the gap is growing bigger but you can see now

:31:14.:31:18.

it is dropping down, Korir kicking in, looking at the time clock and

:31:19.:31:22.

working incredibly hard to make sure he keeps the gap as much as he can.

:31:23.:31:28.

Only just over the hour now as he approaches the finish. It really

:31:29.:31:29.

will be a quick one for him. Remember, he came here with a best

:31:30.:31:41.

of 61 minutes so he is running roughly that time, so this is a big

:31:42.:31:45.

improvement. Absolutely in full flight now, look at this. He is

:31:46.:31:54.

absolutely sprinting, as soon as you see that finish insight. This is a

:31:55.:32:03.

new race record. First out of tenure, he has come to Great

:32:04.:32:08.

Britain, to Wales, to Cardiff, he has come to win the Cardiff Half

:32:09.:32:20.

Marathon. It is one hour 54, he has done it, he did it in a strange way,

:32:21.:32:26.

he tried to free himself from Kotut, and he managed to do that. Kotut has

:32:27.:32:33.

finished in second place. Outside his personal best, but, my goodness,

:32:34.:32:41.

that was a great race. Mneria now taking third place, he ran in the

:32:42.:32:50.

Olympics in the 5000, did not get through the heat, has done better

:32:51.:32:54.

here, got himself on the podium inside 62 minutes, and that is a

:32:55.:32:58.

very good run indeed. A personal best by a big margin, came here with

:32:59.:33:03.

63.38 and has got away with something much better than that. In

:33:04.:33:07.

fourth place, the defending champion, Ben Siwa of Uganda. Cannot

:33:08.:33:12.

quite match the pace on this day, but, my goodness me, still sub 62.

:33:13.:33:26.

He has done pretty well, as well. When the organisers said this rate

:33:27.:33:29.

is fast in fact, it proves it with the times you are seeing today. Back

:33:30.:33:35.

to Jepchumba, running very well. A bit of a climb here, underneath the

:33:36.:33:40.

railway bridge, a bit of shade for a minute. Lovely running conditions

:33:41.:33:41.

for the athletes today. She is heading home, all she has to

:33:42.:33:56.

do is keep that running style, keep in good form. Dewi Griffiths there,

:33:57.:34:02.

it looks like there has been another bit of a break in that pack, back to

:34:03.:34:09.

two again. They were running good Kimosop, last year's medallist, has

:34:10.:34:15.

he gone ahead of them? He has literally just gone ahead.

:34:16.:34:26.

They have just spotted the finish line, which is a huge motivation for

:34:27.:34:35.

any athlete. They just want to get to the finish line as quick as they

:34:36.:34:39.

possibly can. Lovely running there for Debbie Griffiths. A big personal

:34:40.:34:47.

best -- for Dewi Griffiths. I love won the elite athletes still look at

:34:48.:34:53.

their watches. He came here with 64.10, 27 in the world half

:34:54.:34:56.

championship half marathon here this year, he has absolutely destroyed

:34:57.:35:03.

that. That is a very good run, he did not panic when the Africans

:35:04.:35:06.

moved away from him, but he had the help of Matsui along came. It was

:35:07.:35:15.

Matsui of Japan who, along with him, proved to be a very useful partner

:35:16.:35:27.

indeed. Here we go with Jepchumba. She is now between 12... 12.5, I

:35:28.:35:41.

would think, in this 13.1 mile race. She looks a little bit slow at this

:35:42.:35:47.

point, it looks like she's starting to find the course a bit more

:35:48.:35:51.

challenging. But, as we have said all the way through, it is not

:35:52.:35:57.

unexpected when she has been on her own for the whole of the race. Just

:35:58.:36:02.

heading downhill now, she knows she has only got a couple of turns left

:36:03.:36:05.

before she comes into the final finishing straight. A lot of credit

:36:06.:36:11.

to her, she really went out to run against the clock, to try to improve

:36:12.:36:15.

on her best, but that is a big best to improve on, it really is, sub 65.

:36:16.:36:23.

To come here with 65.51, that was in April in Prague. And I think for her

:36:24.:36:27.

to test ourselves, because when she gets into the races with much bigger

:36:28.:36:32.

fields, if she is going to go to marathon distance, she is going to

:36:33.:36:33.

have to go out that hard in the first few miles of any

:36:34.:36:54.

race that she wants to do. So this may have been a little bit more of a

:36:55.:36:57.

training session for higher than a race, just knowing how hard she can

:36:58.:37:00.

put herself and at what point in the course she can look at changing the

:37:01.:37:02.

mile time, changing the technique and trying to get the time she

:37:03.:37:05.

wants. She went through 20km in one hour, four minutes 50 seconds. She

:37:06.:37:07.

had slowed down considerably. She had been running at 66 minute pace,

:37:08.:37:10.

then it dropped to 68 minute pace. We are still going to see a best

:37:11.:37:13.

performance on this course, that is for sure, the 71 minute performance

:37:14.:37:20.

which stands, 71.10 from Susan Partridge is certainly going to go,

:37:21.:37:25.

but there we come the 66 now, she has still got a little way to go, so

:37:26.:37:31.

she has slowed quite considerably in the second half of this race. There

:37:32.:37:38.

was no want to help her at all, she has been totally and utterly alone.

:37:39.:37:44.

It has just been a run, really. I think we expected there might be

:37:45.:37:47.

some of the men who would be there to help her, some of the top club

:37:48.:37:51.

runners who might have been able to go with her in the early stages,

:37:52.:37:55.

they have maybe looked at her and thought, no, it is too hard, they

:37:56.:37:59.

will blow out their own race if they do it. But she trains with a men's

:38:00.:38:03.

group, she trains with her husband, she is not afraid to try, and when

:38:04.:38:08.

you see her in some of the bigger races, that determination will stand

:38:09.:38:13.

her in good stead. This is the final climb on the course before she drops

:38:14.:38:20.

down. She is approaching towards the 13 mile marker and then just 0.1 of

:38:21.:38:25.

a mile to go from there. She will get a big, big hand here as she

:38:26.:38:30.

comes into this final stage with that little downhill part. Look at

:38:31.:38:35.

that, free running down that slight incline now. This is quite a

:38:36.:38:38.

challenge at this part of the course, when your legs are starting

:38:39.:38:42.

to go, your muscles are getting tight, that sharp downhill,

:38:43.:38:46.

controlling it is incredibly important, and she needs to maintain

:38:47.:38:50.

that pace and feel comfortable. You are quite right, it is a good point

:38:51.:38:56.

and it happens to the great North Run as well, that little final down,

:38:57.:39:01.

it is not until you turn left... I remember that! It is hard work, I'm

:39:02.:39:08.

told. This is going to be very, very quick, around 68. We predicted

:39:09.:39:13.

around 68, it will be a new course record, a new championship record,

:39:14.:39:18.

race record, as you say. By a big, big margin. Coming up to 68 minutes

:39:19.:39:24.

now, and that is another very good run, she ran 65.51 in April in

:39:25.:39:33.

Prague, she ran Istanbul in 68.18, Gothenberg 68.01, this is 68.14,

:39:34.:39:45.

world-class running, all on her own. That is class. I think we are going

:39:46.:39:49.

to see a lot of this young woman in the future and certainly, let me

:39:50.:39:55.

repeat, she says no marathon until 2018, but you never know. I can't

:39:56.:40:00.

wait to see her run the marathon. I don't want to wish the time away but

:40:01.:40:04.

she has got so much more that she can learn about her running style,

:40:05.:40:09.

her training. When you see where she has come from in the last 18 months,

:40:10.:40:15.

you would imagine she is going to be challenging the best women in the

:40:16.:40:19.

world. Robin is on for one of the world records dressed as Batman and

:40:20.:40:26.

Robin, wearing a Kamworor on his chest as well, making sure he makes

:40:27.:40:30.

the most of every moment. For somebody who is dressed in a

:40:31.:40:37.

costume, running 1.10 pace is very good going. I wonder what has

:40:38.:40:44.

happened to Batman?! Ahmed of Egypt's coming in now. And there he

:40:45.:40:49.

is, Robin. No batsman with him, as you say. Pretty good time, too. That

:40:50.:40:55.

is a very good time indeed. Robin has done well. Here is second place,

:40:56.:41:04.

Flomena Daniel of tenure, second in the women's race now. Going to go

:41:05.:41:13.

very close to 70 minutes here, very tired coming down this straightaway

:41:14.:41:19.

but still a very, very quick run in deed and we will have two women

:41:20.:41:27.

inside the previous best. 70.03, very, very good indeed by Flomena

:41:28.:41:34.

Daniel of Kenny. Running since 1999 as a world junior, now developing

:41:35.:41:40.

herself. Commonwealth Games Marathon Championships on of course. That was

:41:41.:41:48.

last time out. Batman... He will have to have a word with Robin, I

:41:49.:41:52.

think! He does not look like he has got quite the same sprint finish

:41:53.:41:53.

there. Well done, Batman, 70.46, not bad at

:41:54.:42:08.

all. These are very respectable times for club runners. Jerotich,

:42:09.:42:18.

third-place women. It has been tough for the women out there today, it

:42:19.:42:22.

really has. They might have expected to have had a bit more protection,

:42:23.:42:27.

maybe run with a few more people around them, but strong running

:42:28.:42:31.

there. She was the defending champion, of course, coming into

:42:32.:42:35.

this race, she won it last year and she maintains her position on the

:42:36.:42:38.

podium but at a level three this year. 71.22, or thereabouts. Well

:42:39.:42:47.

done indeed. The top three women are home.

:42:48.:42:58.

You can see the road is getting a bit busier now. I love it when they

:42:59.:43:05.

are still able to wave to the cameras and cheer and shout as they

:43:06.:43:09.

go past. But this is pretty tough running for these guys. But these

:43:10.:43:18.

moments will continue for some considerable time, that is how it

:43:19.:43:22.

is, that is what it is about, mass participation. 22,000, you mentioned

:43:23.:43:27.

earlier, Taney, 800 different charities being supported by the

:43:28.:43:31.

efforts of all of these men and women, and they will have given a

:43:32.:43:34.

lot of their time to go out and run, to prepare for this occasion, and

:43:35.:43:40.

some will succeed by their own standards, a personal best, running

:43:41.:43:45.

for the first time. This is the husband of Shirley Connor! She is

:43:46.:43:50.

ahead of you! Is she?! You had better go after her! That is not the

:43:51.:43:56.

sort of thing you should say, Christian! Don't discourage him! For

:43:57.:44:02.

these athletes, people out running now, this is hard, they are not

:44:03.:44:06.

natural wonders, they are people who have maybe not been training for

:44:07.:44:11.

very long, and the guys who are out there, four, five, six hours, it

:44:12.:44:15.

really hurts and they need a lot of encouragement and support from the

:44:16.:44:19.

crowd, because it is tough, I remember the first half marathon I

:44:20.:44:23.

did, it felt like it went on for ever. It felt like a marathon. As a

:44:24.:44:29.

full-time athlete, you are very fortunate because that is all you

:44:30.:44:38.

do. Here comes Rachel Felton in, and Rachel, of course, has been quite

:44:39.:44:43.

good on the course, on the local causes, this season. She has done

:44:44.:44:47.

very well, I think, in five kilometre and ten kilometre races,

:44:48.:44:55.

she had four wins recently. Just coming round that bend. She won the

:44:56.:45:08.

Cardiff ten kilometre four times, the fourth just recently. Coming in

:45:09.:45:13.

with a best of 73.43, only just outside of that this season. It is a

:45:14.:45:19.

season 's best, she came in with 76 this season. The first British

:45:20.:45:26.

athlete home, just outside 74 minutes. So that is good. It looks

:45:27.:45:42.

like it was a tough race for her. Wonderful vision of the area around

:45:43.:45:46.

Cardiff Bay. Beautiful, beautiful morning here. The sun now beginning

:45:47.:45:52.

to improve the temperature around us. Seeing that mass of runners

:45:53.:46:03.

around Cardiff looks fantastic. I think we can go back to Jason at the

:46:04.:46:07.

end of the race, see what he has got to say.

:46:08.:46:12.

I just want you to enjoy these pictures, Cardiff Bay looking

:46:13.:46:18.

absolutely beautiful today. The Wales millennium Centre, thousands

:46:19.:46:21.

of runners, this is the culmination of weeks and weeks of training. Most

:46:22.:46:26.

of the runners today are raising money for amazing causes right

:46:27.:46:32.

throughout the UK and right across Wales. ?2.5 million estimated to be

:46:33.:46:37.

raised by the end of the Cardiff Half Marathon. And also a word

:46:38.:46:44.

today, Taney and Stuart, to the 800 volunteers, you saw them in Rio, at

:46:45.:46:48.

the Paralympics and Olympic Games, giving up their time over this race

:46:49.:46:52.

weekend to ensure everyone has an unforgettable experience. And

:46:53.:46:58.

hopefully David Forde at some point will be tuning into this coverage,

:46:59.:47:03.

he deserves a big shout out because, aged 86, he is the oldest

:47:04.:47:06.

participant. Well done to you. The clones running arm in arm,

:47:07.:47:21.

loving less. Tom frost is 17 on race day, the youngest participant, and

:47:22.:47:26.

some of the stories are pretty incredible, especially the people

:47:27.:47:29.

running this for the very first time. According to the figures from

:47:30.:47:35.

the organisers, 51% running for the very first time, 52% male, 48% are

:47:36.:47:50.

female. And what a beautiful day. And how lovely to see so many people

:47:51.:47:59.

turning out to cheer them on. Looks beautiful. But it's not just about

:48:00.:48:03.

today of course, over the weekend there has been a real festival of

:48:04.:48:07.

running with young people joining in as well.

:48:08.:48:11.

If you want to get in the mood for the Cardiff Half Marathon but don't

:48:12.:48:19.

fancy running 13.1 miles, there is an entire day of fun for the whole

:48:20.:48:22.

family and all abilities with the festival of running.

:48:23.:48:46.

One of the highlights of the day for me without a doubt is the 100-metre

:48:47.:48:57.

Cobbler-. And they are off. -- toddler run. It's got the

:48:58.:49:12.

performance, the family, and people love the festival of running.

:49:13.:49:30.

Plenty of happy and smiling faces behind me because now it's time for

:49:31.:49:35.

the whole family to get together and work as a team in the family fun

:49:36.:49:48.

run. Fantastic! He did so well, he ran all the way around, did not stop

:49:49.:49:50.

once. Am I on TV? You might be. Exclusively for this year we have

:49:51.:50:16.

the Cardiff University fun run, a chance for a 300 students to blow

:50:17.:50:23.

away the cobwebs of freshers week. It's great to be able to run around

:50:24.:50:28.

here, I go to university here so it's great to be able to race, the

:50:29.:50:30.

crowds were brilliant, really good atmosphere. What a fabulous day, I

:50:31.:50:39.

was third overall, my little lad that the toddler run, then we all do

:50:40.:50:45.

the family run so I thought why not come back and finish with gold in

:50:46.:50:51.

the Masters. What a wonderful way to countdown to the Cardiff Half

:50:52.:50:55.

Marathon, runners of all abilities, all ages and who knows, maybe a

:50:56.:50:57.

future world champion? If you want to go to the BBC Sport

:50:58.:51:08.

website, if you love what you are seeing right now and who can blame

:51:09.:51:13.

you, look at that, it is beautiful, if you go to the BBC Sport website

:51:14.:51:17.

to get inspired. You can just see it at the bottom of your screen, the

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hashtag get inspired. All you have to do is put in your postcode,

:51:25.:51:29.

choose your sport and it will direct you to your local club, be it

:51:30.:51:35.

running, archery, football, cricket, swimming, gymnastics, whatever. Get

:51:36.:51:39.

inspired on the BBC Sport website. If you want to get involved in

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social media we would love to hear from you, on Twitter use the hashtag

:51:43.:51:48.

BBC Cardiff half. Look out for some special guests along the route,

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Gareth Thomas running with Alfie's Angels. Shane Williams is apparently

:51:58.:52:02.

also out there on the course, he loves a half marathon. We saw Gethin

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Jones at the start of the programme as well. Even

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We also understand Mark Lewis Jones is here in some capacity and

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apparently Christian Malcolm has a panda? INAUDIBLE

:52:30.:52:38.

You have done very well, how do you feel? It's a great atmosphere, just

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got to keep going. Your man behind you, who are you supposed to be? I

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am support for Mr Gary Browne. Raising money. Don't let me die stop

:52:53.:53:02.

you, keep going, you are doing very well, a fantastic job, all the best.

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The panda doing a wonderful job. Approaching the Wales Millennium

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Centre. What's going on? Sunday told me it

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was raining so I would have to wear waterproof clothes. It is not going

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to rain today. We have a mixture of Elvis and... It is Elvis! I did not

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realise Elvis is this big. Carb loading. Who are you running for?

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Just the running club, doing it for fun, nobody in particular. Go and

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have more fun, carry on. A reminder if you are just watching and missed

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the elite men's and women's race, the men's winner Korir of Kenya and

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the women's winner Jepchumba of Kenya. The fastest Welshman Dewi

:57:47.:57:55.

Griffiths, personal best, 63.25. We saw Batman and Robin crossing the

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line, what is the story? We are looking to break the world record

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for the half marathon dressed as superheroes. It's currently held by

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a friend of ours who we train with regularly who is based in Cardiff,

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it's 75 minutes at the moment. We want to break that and get as close

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to 70 as we can. But having tried to run in this costume, we would just

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be happy with some 75. A fellow athlete was involved in a parachute

:58:31.:58:34.

accident in January which has left him paralysed from the neck down. He

:58:35.:58:40.

is making progress all the time, how far that goes we are not sure but he

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is positive about it and tackling it feeds on which we all expected. Even

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prior to the accident, as a friend and a fellow athlete I looked up to

:58:51.:58:55.

him. I have been in the RAF or two and a half years and he has been in

:58:56.:58:59.

far longer than that and he was one of those who encouraged me to join

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and help me along. It's a bit cheesy but with everything he has been

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through, the person he is, I have always seen him as a bit of a hero

:59:08.:59:11.

himself so I thought let's do it as superheroes. Everyone knows Rob in

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Cardiff, he's a big fixture of the athletics community. An e-mail was

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sent out offering five spaces for people to raise money for him in the

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Cardiff half so we spoke about it and said we would like to take up

:59:31.:59:33.

those spaces to try to raise some money. I ran the same card course

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earlier this year in March, 66.50 which is my PB at the moment, I

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would hope to get around that sort of time but it will be slower in

:59:45.:59:49.

this. Half marathon is not my distance, a bit too far for me, but

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I've done a couple in the last 12 months that haven't gone great. I've

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done 69 minutes, so sub 75 for the world record seems a bit high. The

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first thing is raising money for Rob, and it would be nice to get the

:00:05.:00:08.

record if we could so we will have that in our minds. We said earlier

:00:09.:00:12.

on we will run together till about ten miles and then if one of us

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feels better, the competitive edge might start and try to push on. I

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think Batman will be just ahead of Robin. Every man for himself!

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CHUCKLES Remarkable, Robin won the race,

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brilliant, great finish. I think some of the elite athletes were

:00:36.:00:39.

under pressure when he crossed the line. Let's hear from the boys. We

:00:40.:00:45.

saw you crossing the finish line exhausted, but the big question is

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did the superheroes break the record? Both inside the record, I

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ran 69 .5, so we took a fair bit off it. Rob must be delighted. Yes, he

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is probably watching and laughing at us dressed like this. You have both

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done some major races, how does it differ being in fancy dress? The

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hardest thing I've ever done, so warm. After the first couple of

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miles we turn to each other and said it was too hot. Did you follow

:01:22.:01:27.

tactics? We try to, try to stick together for ten miles but I had

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cramp at eight miles so I told him to move on. You're raising loads of

:01:31.:01:38.

money, how much so far? 1900 at the moment, we want to keep pushing it,

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we'll keep the fundraising page for another week so if you have not

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deleted please do. Brilliant, congratulations, you can fly away

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now, goodbye. Commissioner Gordon is on the line,

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there is work to do in Gotham city. They were fantastic, well done,

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boys. Roath Lake looking gorgeous this morning on this beautiful

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October morning. Don't forget, this course has been praised for its

:02:07.:02:14.

flat, fast, it is iconic. They staged the world half my

:02:15.:02:16.

Championships here in March, we did not have this brother, it was

:02:17.:02:20.

torrential, the rain. Mo Farah was here in Cardiff, winning a bronze

:02:21.:02:26.

medal in pretty testing conditions. What a year he has had, going on to

:02:27.:02:37.

win double Olympic gold medals. That handy back to Steward to talk you

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through today's elite races. Thank you. Just have a look at the

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women's race, in fact, which was quite a formidable affair, really.

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Turned out to be a demonstration, in the end. This young woman, Violah

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Jepchumba, at one stage was running at 66 minute pace, it dropped a bit

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to 68 towards the end, so the second half of the race not quite as quick

:03:04.:03:08.

as the first. She is the sixth fastest woman of all time, much was

:03:09.:03:14.

expected, it was a lone adventurer for her ahead of Flomena Daniel, the

:03:15.:03:24.

Commonwealth champion and Jerotich, but the advantage was considerable

:03:25.:03:28.

by the time she got to the final stages of the race. Just outside 68

:03:29.:03:35.

minutes. It was a new race record by a considerable margin, taking the

:03:36.:03:38.

original record of Susan Partridge, 71.10, off the record books, 6814.

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Let's have a little look at the result of the race, here it is,

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Jepchumba 68.14, Flomena Daniel 70.05, and Lenah Jerotich, 71.20

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three. The first Briton home, Rachel Felton with 74.0 three.

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We can have a little look back now at the men's race, and that was

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always going to be a close encounter of the first kind, and so it was

:04:15.:04:18.

that the African contingent, along with Dewi Griffiths and the Japanese

:04:19.:04:26.

athlete latched onto the back of the African leaders, Kotut and Mneria.

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And of course Shadrack Korir. All five of them really started to move

:04:37.:04:40.

the race along. In the second half of the race, by ten miles, it was

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looking around 61 minutes. A lot of strange racing between Shadrack

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Korir and Kotut in the final stages. Look at him moving from side to

:04:57.:05:00.

side, Kotut followed him all the way! But in the end, of course,

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Korir was a man with a sprint finish and Kotut could not match. This was

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the point at which it began to unwind for Kotut, remember he won

:05:13.:05:17.

the Paris Marathon this year, and Korir having the first race of his

:05:18.:05:24.

life outside of Kenya. The emphasis of drive and a sprint speed down the

:05:25.:05:28.

home straight was quite something to watch. He was so determined and it

:05:29.:05:33.

was a new race record for him. Very, very fine run ahead of many area and

:05:34.:05:42.

Ben Siwa, the defending champion. Just have a look at the result of

:05:43.:05:47.

that now, Korir just outside the hour, a new race record, just as

:05:48.:05:55.

Jepchumba's was. Kotut, 61.04, many area 61.30 six. The defending

:05:56.:06:00.

champion, Ben Siwa, found himself in fourth place, Debbie Griffiths,

:06:01.:06:04.

63.26, a big personal best for the Welshman in eighth place -- Dewi

:06:05.:06:06.

Griffiths. Let's have a look at the winners, I

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think we can talk to the second place, Kotut, one of the favourites,

:06:27.:06:29.

but in the end turned up in second place. Congratulations, what an

:06:30.:06:38.

exciting race to watch. I think the race was OK, I liked everything

:06:39.:06:43.

about the race. I promise today to do something, if not to win, to

:06:44.:06:51.

boost the best time. I wanted to run under 60 but unfortunately I could

:06:52.:06:59.

not make that. I can recommend something about the course, the

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course is so perfect. There was a lot of people out there. The group

:07:03.:07:10.

of people gave me moral support to run, I decided to push to make

:07:11.:07:24.

someone, if not me, run faster. This race is brilliant. You must be

:07:25.:07:29.

delighted. And also Shadrack smashing the course record and you

:07:30.:07:36.

were involved with that? Yes, I am happy, I have helped someone run his

:07:37.:07:39.

personal best like some other people have helped me run my personal best.

:07:40.:07:46.

I am happy, the Cardiff Half Marathon now is a 60 race, that is

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what makes me happy, even though I did not win, I am so, so happy, and

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I will be happy to be back again and make something better than this. See

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you next year, then! Thank you so much.

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JASON: And we would like to see you back next year. This is the

:08:15.:08:20.

strongest ever elite field. We have had beaten 2015 Cardiff half winner,

:08:21.:08:28.

Ben Siwa, and Debbie Griffiths, who I am hoping we can talk to bury

:08:29.:08:31.

sugar, the fastest Welshman coming in today with a time of 63.25, a

:08:32.:08:37.

personal best for him, he has been training with Steve Jones and we

:08:38.:08:41.

hope to chat with him shortly. And the women's winner, can you's Violah

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Jepchumba, whose time is incidentally the third fastest

:08:52.:08:53.

women's half marathon time in history. Let's also bring you

:08:54.:09:02.

up-to-date with the winner of the wheelchair race, that went to Richie

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Powell, who has been talking to us. Congratulations, you must be

:09:13.:09:17.

delighted? Fantastic day, fantastic weather and a fantastic crowd as

:09:18.:09:22.

well. What was it like out there? It is a tough course, but it is the

:09:23.:09:26.

same for everybody, a very fast course, a great course, a home run

:09:27.:09:32.

for me, basically. Brilliant, congratulations, well done. Ranks

:09:33.:09:34.

very much. How are you, Buddy? I am all right!

:09:35.:12:51.

Banks were holding me back! I am busy, I am running! I understand!

:12:52.:12:58.

How are you feeling out there? As a local lad, you understand, it is a

:12:59.:13:02.

fantastic group, I am proud to be Welsh everyday of the week but even

:13:03.:13:05.

more so, the support is constant, you don't think about being tired,

:13:06.:13:10.

you just enjoy it. My friend has never run this far before, it he is

:13:11.:13:14.

ahead of me, we are trying to get round together. Go and catching up.

:13:15.:13:18.

Please give me a call! Will you when it next year? I don't know about

:13:19.:13:28.

that! -- will you be running it? Lovely to see getting out there on

:13:29.:13:32.

the course as well, wondering why Christian Malcolm has had called him

:13:33.:13:36.

now, we are intrigued! Dewi Griffiths is the fastest Welshman

:13:37.:13:39.

this year, alongside Steve Jones, who trained him. We have just heard

:13:40.:13:45.

Gethin describing what it is like, what was it like for you? Pretty

:13:46.:13:51.

lovely conditions, the sun is out, Cardiff is at its best today. Smiles

:13:52.:13:58.

on everyone's bases. Pretty nice day out there, great support, great

:13:59.:14:03.

atmosphere. Magnificent but you, personal best? Yes, happy day all

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round. And what is that down too, is it down to the man to your right?

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Part of it is down to him... Part of it?! I have trained over the last

:14:15.:14:20.

few weeks and I am progressing, adding, getting older. Where have

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you been training, here in Wales or out in the States? I have been out

:14:25.:14:30.

for a month, came back last weekend. Pretty bit at the moment, and

:14:31.:14:34.

hopefully it showed today. How big an influence has he been over the

:14:35.:14:39.

last couple of months? He has always been an influence since we first

:14:40.:14:42.

spoke a couple of years ago, it is nice to have him in my corner as a

:14:43.:14:46.

bit of a mental, seeing what he did back in his day, and I would like to

:14:47.:14:50.

be late if not beat some of it. Is it true that he is pushing you

:14:51.:14:56.

harder than anyone has in the past? I think he would think he is as

:14:57.:15:05.

hard! It will be hard training under him, but I enjoy it. What sort of

:15:06.:15:14.

mileage are you doing Eastwick? Over 100 miles a week when I was out

:15:15.:15:21.

there. What were you doing in terms of mileage before you started

:15:22.:15:26.

working with Steve in the states? Something similar, but I am getting

:15:27.:15:29.

older as well so I can cope with a bit more, so progressing year on

:15:30.:15:37.

year and getting to that volume 100, 120. Steve, have you seen a big

:15:38.:15:43.

difference in his training and performances? Yes, he has been

:15:44.:15:48.

coming out of the states now for the last 2.5 years. This is his third

:15:49.:15:52.

trip out and I have seen improvements not just in his

:15:53.:15:55.

performance but his commitment, he has matured a little bit, he is

:15:56.:16:00.

going in the right direction. And he listens coming he doesn't say a lot

:16:01.:16:05.

but he listens. He is part and parcel of my group now and they have

:16:06.:16:11.

embraced him. So much of endurance running, distance running, is mental

:16:12.:16:14.

as well, what about the psychological

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Key is a growing lad, he's still young, still maturing his running.

:16:19.:16:29.

The emotional and mental part of it is very important. I think if you

:16:30.:16:33.

can gain the confidence in the work you are doing, in the training you

:16:34.:16:36.

are doing and the people you are around then you can show that in the

:16:37.:16:40.

races as well. What is your old with ambition? Take his record offer him!

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Which one? LAUGHTER One final question about what you're

:16:52.:16:54.

seeing here today, I know you are a proud Welshman, back here in Wales

:16:55.:16:58.

after training out in the United States but this is beautiful to see.

:16:59.:17:04.

It's great. It's putting Cardiff on the map and Wales on the map, having

:17:05.:17:08.

the World Championships here in March and showing everyone again

:17:09.:17:12.

that we can put on a great event in Wales. I think it will grow. I don't

:17:13.:17:19.

want to buy this you but I have been told you have requested some holiday

:17:20.:17:25.

time and he said no, what do you want a holiday for? I have got to

:17:26.:17:31.

top up my tan! Has the lead request been completely rejected? He doesn't

:17:32.:17:39.

need it! We can do this on TV, is he allowed a holiday or not? He can do

:17:40.:17:44.

whatever he wants but I think to start with, as you mature and get

:17:45.:17:49.

older, you do need a bit of a break between seasons. Between the road in

:17:50.:17:55.

the country and attract. But I have always been a firm believer that to

:17:56.:17:58.

step up to the next level in needs to be a consistent 52 weeks a year,

:17:59.:18:04.

every four years is an Olympics so just keep the momentum going.

:18:05.:18:09.

Instead of taking and trying to get back up again, toughen up the body

:18:10.:18:15.

and keep the momentum going. Thank you for talking to us, and

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congratulations Dewi Griffiths, where do you fancy, Tenerife? I

:18:20.:18:27.

fancy a holiday as well! Great to see you, thank you, wonderful scenes

:18:28.:18:34.

here in Cardiff. That's the finish line, from a helicopter shot,

:18:35.:18:37.

beautiful. So many people doing wonderful things today, raising

:18:38.:18:42.

money, extraordinary people doing remarkable things. I am running it

:18:43.:18:50.

for everything she has been through and also dreams and wishes which is

:18:51.:18:55.

an amazing charity which has helped through the treatment. Megan was

:18:56.:18:59.

diagnosed with leukaemia last March, one of many sick children who have

:19:00.:19:03.

had a wish is granted by the charity whilst receiving treatment. Coming

:19:04.:19:10.

into hospital is hard, he does not want to come to hospital, he wants

:19:11.:19:13.

to go to school with his friends and we would much rather that as well.

:19:14.:19:22.

Which part is called do you think? Yes, that's gold, get the medal

:19:23.:19:32.

shiny. What should we call him? Ben. Why Ben? Because I have a friend at

:19:33.:19:38.

school called Ben. We did not know the Welsh Guards were coming and

:19:39.:19:41.

it's been a wonderful experience, he has really enjoyed it. I like the

:19:42.:19:49.

helmets because it is fluffy. And I have worn it and had a picture.

:19:50.:19:54.

Doing the run will help more children have wishes when they are

:19:55.:19:58.

going through a life-threatening illness. Are you going to help me

:19:59.:20:05.

paint mine? I can't do it on my own. You want to do the blue. You can do

:20:06.:20:12.

it if you want. To be part of the Welsh Guards and come and see the

:20:13.:20:19.

kids, it's amazing. You are doing a good job. Teamwork. It takes her

:20:20.:20:25.

mind off everything they are going through, all the treatments. It

:20:26.:20:37.

helps them. She's not really run before, the last time she ran she

:20:38.:20:42.

broke her arm so this is a step up! Good luck mum! LAUGHTER

:20:43.:20:46.

Thank you. 25,000 adults and children

:20:47.:20:56.

registered for running events right across this weekend, not just about

:20:57.:21:01.

the half marathon today, races yesterday as well, children as young

:21:02.:21:07.

as three taking part, brilliant. Olympians, Commonwealth Games

:21:08.:21:09.

champions featuring in this strongest elite field ever

:21:10.:21:14.

assembled. One of the stories we told you about at the start of the

:21:15.:21:19.

programme was Rory Coleman, ultramarathon runner struck down by

:21:20.:21:24.

a very rare illness just a few months ago. He has had rehab, was

:21:25.:21:30.

learning to walk again just a few weeks ago and now is running the

:21:31.:21:33.

half marathon. Let's find out how he's getting on. How are you? You

:21:34.:21:39.

look like you're having a great time. We are having a fantastic

:21:40.:21:47.

time, beautiful bay. It is. He is extraordinary, hasn't walked a

:21:48.:21:50.

single step yet and we have done six miles. Back in March she was five

:21:51.:21:56.

months pregnant, I helped her then and I have been really ill since

:21:57.:22:02.

then. So it is my turn to help him. Less than three months ago I was in

:22:03.:22:06.

a wheelchair paralysed from the neck down so I have had to learn how to

:22:07.:22:11.

walk again and I am back running. It's fantastic, beautiful day, we're

:22:12.:22:15.

having a great time out. Great to be out on our feet again. You are a

:22:16.:22:21.

true inspiration, I mean that. I have almost done 1000 marathons, I

:22:22.:22:26.

have got 24 to go. One at the end of the month and this is getting back

:22:27.:22:29.

to the fitness, running is our lives, this is what we do. I will

:22:30.:22:35.

shake your hand and give you a hug, you are an inspiration, don't let me

:22:36.:22:44.

stop you. Well done, one hour 33 minutes, you must be delighted.

:22:45.:22:49.

Yeah, just wanted to get it done. I'm on nights tonight so I need to

:22:50.:22:57.

get home. What do you do? I am a firefighter. Hence the uniform. What

:22:58.:23:02.

was it like out there? The atmosphere is amazing, it's really

:23:03.:23:09.

good. Have you been sparring each other on? It's been unbelievable,

:23:10.:23:13.

the children on the side, everything. Well done,

:23:14.:23:20.

congratulations. Sir Runalot, how's it going? This is the stupidest

:23:21.:23:26.

decision of my life, this is murder. It's for a good cause. Two great

:23:27.:23:33.

causes, check out Sir Runalot on Facebook to help support. I think I

:23:34.:23:42.

am OK, getting through about eight jails in 15 minutes. And more

:23:43.:23:46.

painkillers than advisable but I think we are doing OK. If we don't

:23:47.:23:51.

get it today we will try again. You keep going, well done. What a great

:23:52.:23:57.

sport. One of the best programmes you will see on BBC Wales is Alfie's

:23:58.:24:03.

Angels where he takes a whole bunch of unfit women and turns them into

:24:04.:24:10.

Cardiff half marathon athletes. Outside! This time last year Welsh

:24:11.:24:18.

rugby legend Gareth Thomas trained 16 rookie runners to run the Cardiff

:24:19.:24:31.

Half Marathon. We did it! Having successfully completed that mission,

:24:32.:24:35.

12 months later Alfie is back again. But this time he is super sizing his

:24:36.:24:40.

ambitions. Does anybody here think you can motivate the person next to

:24:41.:24:43.

you in front of you to complete the half marathon? There is your answer.

:24:44.:24:51.

This summer he has accepted his biggest challenge yet. To help train

:24:52.:24:58.

from scratch 100 novice runners for this year 's Cardiff Half Marathon.

:24:59.:25:03.

A total of 20 teams have been following a training programme set

:25:04.:25:09.

by Alfie and training guru James. We have been following three of those

:25:10.:25:13.

teams up close and personal for the Alfie's Angels TV series. Team

:25:14.:25:21.

number one, eight incredible ladies whose children all attend the same

:25:22.:25:30.

needs school in Cardiff. Team number two is fabulous foursome who all

:25:31.:25:35.

work on ward 12 of the Royal come organ hospital. And finally team

:25:36.:25:42.

three, five batty beauticians from Haverfordwest. It's been a

:25:43.:25:45.

helter-skelter summer for all the teams. They have trained their way

:25:46.:25:53.

from couch potatoes to 21 kilometres. But it's not been a

:25:54.:25:57.

stroll in the park. At the very beginning Alfie was convinced the

:25:58.:26:01.

nail bar girls would not it. It pains me to say it but I cannot see

:26:02.:26:07.

them doing it. He was worried they were all about booze, Botox and

:26:08.:26:14.

smokes. But after an Alfie intervention... Your lungs after a

:26:15.:26:19.

year when you smoke. When you smoke 20 a day. They have all knuckled

:26:20.:26:26.

down. And Alfie 's outlook has done a complete 180. The nail bar girls

:26:27.:26:29.

when I first met them I thought their party lifestyle and a fun

:26:30.:26:34.

element of them was maybe all they were about but I was so wrong. They

:26:35.:26:40.

are an amazing group of girls individually and collectively, so

:26:41.:26:43.

motivated. They work hard and they have been leaders. Let's get through

:26:44.:26:53.

it. Everybody looks to one of the nail bar girls for conversation or

:26:54.:26:59.

motivation, they have turned out to be from what I thought a team that

:27:00.:27:04.

would struggle to a team that has led the way. At the outset the

:27:05.:27:10.

hospital girls had the opposite effect. Their everyday lives, from

:27:11.:27:14.

the moment they wake up to when they go to bed is difficult and they will

:27:15.:27:17.

probably see a lot of these challenges as easy and Excel and a

:27:18.:27:23.

lot of them. But how wrong can one man be? The nurses quickly became

:27:24.:27:27.

casualties of their older overenthusiasm. The nurses when I

:27:28.:27:31.

first met them I thought they were a strong team but I think with the

:27:32.:27:36.

amount of time they are on their feet at work and training they were

:27:37.:27:40.

picking up injuries, they were overtraining. The fracture is

:27:41.:27:45.

straight to the bone. But they have such drive and motivation and

:27:46.:27:49.

dedication which covers from their work life. Working a 12 hour shift

:27:50.:27:54.

in award then training, then going home and looking after the family

:27:55.:27:57.

and doing that constantly every day of the week is an extremely

:27:58.:28:02.

difficult thing to do. They have been another motivating factor in

:28:03.:28:09.

inspiring everybody else. Then there was the mums. The mums speak for

:28:10.:28:17.

themselves. They have been walking a continual tightrope of trying to fit

:28:18.:28:20.

in the demands of training alongside the demands of family life. All the

:28:21.:28:25.

other women have seen how these women live their lives and how

:28:26.:28:28.

special they are and what they have done is taken the determination they

:28:29.:28:32.

have everyday and used it differently. They have said all this

:28:33.:28:38.

determination I take out of my life to help everybody else I am going to

:28:39.:28:43.

take some for me. I am going to do something for me and I think they

:28:44.:28:52.

have done that. For all 100 of the angels there have been big

:28:53.:28:57.

sacrifices, heartache and happiness. They have marked of the milestones

:28:58.:29:01.

across a summer of sweat that none of them were offered it in a hurry.

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Key is the man getting them fit and prepared and ready for the Cardiff

:29:07.:29:12.

Half Marathon and what it is all about is getting them fit and

:29:13.:29:17.

inspired to take up other sports as well, that is where a Gareth Thomas

:29:18.:29:21.

made his name, the principality stadium will be rocking come

:29:22.:29:24.

November for the autumn internationals and then February and

:29:25.:29:28.

March were the six Nations. Beautiful day in the capital city of

:29:29.:29:33.

Wales. Let's find out how the angels are doing. Alfie's Angels. One of

:29:34.:29:39.

the hundredth. I see you all coming through, you are doing fantastic.

:29:40.:29:45.

How are you doing, it's hotter than expected? If my mum is watching it

:29:46.:29:50.

is OK. If dad is watching, it is really tough! You look fresh, I say

:29:51.:29:58.

to everyone you look fresh, you don't look as bad as you feel. You

:29:59.:30:02.

don't look too bad yourself! Halfway now. Go on, don't let me stop you.

:30:03.:30:12.

Well done. Congratulations Kevin, you did it, crossed the finish line,

:30:13.:30:17.

did you break the world record? I am not sure, I think it's close. I

:30:18.:30:21.

started a bit behind the time, I think it will be closed by a couple

:30:22.:30:25.

of seconds. I just have to hope for the best. Running in this heat with

:30:26.:30:32.

all these clothes on, how was it? It was surely difficult to be honest

:30:33.:30:36.

but all the fans out in Cardiff were brilliant. I had support from all my

:30:37.:30:40.

friends and colleagues from work, massive thanks. Raising money is the

:30:41.:30:53.

most important thing but well done, congratulations you are an

:30:54.:30:57.

inspiration. Thank you very much. Go and put your feet up and cool down.

:30:58.:31:03.

I will. Give me a quick word, how are you? I was faster last year! How

:31:04.:31:13.

are you feeling? I am sticking with the women, they are struggling with

:31:14.:31:17.

the heat but we are getting there slowly. We have seen a lot of them

:31:18.:31:21.

coming through and they seem to be doing all right. Yes, a bit

:31:22.:31:25.

concerned because the start was so exciting for them they got carried

:31:26.:31:28.

away and went off quicker than they should have. But they are going all

:31:29.:31:33.

right. I am here for the last one whatever happens even if I have to

:31:34.:31:37.

drag them across the line. You're doing a fantastic job, good to see

:31:38.:31:38.

you. Two of the nicest men in Welsh sport

:31:39.:31:48.

together in Cardiff Bay. Matt is joining us, hello, good afternoon to

:31:49.:31:54.

give. The work that Gareth Thomas is doing is amazing, isn't it? It has

:31:55.:31:59.

been truly inspirational. Hywel Alfie's Angels has stepped up from

:32:00.:32:04.

year one, which was a great first year, getting the girls from Derry

:32:05.:32:08.

to complete the marathon, raising the bar and getting 101st runners to

:32:09.:32:13.

take part in it, the way we have all followed it over the last few weeks,

:32:14.:32:21.

inspirational stories, from the mums and the girls from Pembrokeshire, as

:32:22.:32:25.

well as the nurses, it has been really good. I was there last night

:32:26.:32:30.

as they went on to the blues at half-time and received an incredible

:32:31.:32:34.

welcome from the blues crowd. What it does is showcased the fact that

:32:35.:32:40.

this is possible for anyone. And I think we were inundated with

:32:41.:32:44.

requests for the Run four Wales programme and what happens next,

:32:45.:32:47.

maybe we go to 1000 of Alfie's Angels and see what happens. Surely

:32:48.:32:51.

one of the things you want to get out of an event like this and a

:32:52.:32:56.

project like Alfie 's Angels is to almost, and this is the most

:32:57.:33:00.

overused expression in sport at the moment, inspiring the next

:33:01.:33:02.

generation, and we have to be careful with that, we have to be

:33:03.:33:06.

realistic, but for those women, some of them have not won since they were

:33:07.:33:10.

at school and it is about them changing their habits. It is a huge

:33:11.:33:18.

commitment, and a leap of faith, in a way, taking part in something like

:33:19.:33:23.

this. I have just been amazed at their commitment to the event. One

:33:24.:33:27.

of the things we have been looking at, with my Welsh athletics had on,

:33:28.:33:31.

we have put in place a social running programme across Wales and

:33:32.:33:34.

we recognise that over 15% of the adult population of Wales is now

:33:35.:33:37.

running on a regular basis but behind that there are so many

:33:38.:33:41.

people, that latent demand, people who want to get going and have that

:33:42.:33:46.

first inspirational moment that starts the process, and this is the

:33:47.:33:49.

trigger, the catalyst for that activity. And that is very much your

:33:50.:33:54.

sport, athletics is what you specialise in, but no doubt a lot of

:33:55.:33:57.

these people crossing the line right now who are running will maybe be

:33:58.:34:01.

inspired to try another sport, maybe a sport they have never done before,

:34:02.:34:06.

because when you fit -- when you are fit, you feel you can try anything.

:34:07.:34:10.

We recognise our responsibility as part of the help of the nation

:34:11.:34:20.

agenda, so of course today is about running, taking part in something

:34:21.:34:23.

for the first time, but it could be anything, walking, cycling, there

:34:24.:34:25.

are so many things out there now, it is trying to find something that

:34:26.:34:28.

starts the journey for these everyday people who are struggling

:34:29.:34:32.

sometimes the time, commitment, things going on in our busy modern

:34:33.:34:36.

lives, just finding that one thing that gets them to start the process,

:34:37.:34:42.

something I have just loved. Alfie and what he is doing is phenomenal

:34:43.:34:46.

and we will keep an eye on that and make sure all 100 get safely over

:34:47.:34:50.

the line. We will talk more about the future for this event and others

:34:51.:34:54.

in a moment but let's remind you of some of the wonderful things people

:34:55.:34:58.

are doing right across this half marathon course today.

:34:59.:35:04.

I'm Stephen Hammond, I will be 65, very, very, very shortly, and I am

:35:05.:35:09.

from Llanelli in south Wales. I will be running the Cardiff Half

:35:10.:35:14.

Marathon, I am doing it for a charity called Sandys, and I will be

:35:15.:35:17.

running it without any trainers on, barefoot. -- a charity called Sands.

:35:18.:35:27.

It started a few years ago, I did the London Marathon with trainers,

:35:28.:35:31.

enjoyed it and got through it, did not break any records, and then a

:35:32.:35:34.

couple of years later I thought I would do it again and started

:35:35.:35:39.

training, and I forgot my trainers one-day! Rather than go back for

:35:40.:35:43.

them, I decided, it was a nice day, the sun was shining, and I thought,

:35:44.:35:48.

I will run barefoot. And I did, and I found it was almost therapeutic, I

:35:49.:35:54.

enjoyed it, it was really good. And then I did some research and found

:35:55.:35:58.

nobody had ever run a full marathon in London before barefoot, so, a bit

:35:59.:36:04.

like Mount Everest, because it was there I thought, I will do it, and I

:36:05.:36:08.

was the first person to run it. After that, it got a bit addictive,

:36:09.:36:14.

and I found I just enjoy it, and it has got to the stage now where I

:36:15.:36:17.

really couldn't run with trainers on, it would feel really

:36:18.:36:25.

uncomfortable. Sands stands for Stillborn And Neonatal Death. It is

:36:26.:36:30.

not one of the high-profile charities but I would like to make

:36:31.:36:33.

people much more aware of Sands, and it is a course which is very close

:36:34.:36:40.

to my heart. My daughter had course to use them last year, and they were

:36:41.:36:48.

very, very good to her. And it is something which, like most men,

:36:49.:36:54.

until you actually are involved, you hear of stillbirth and miscarriages,

:36:55.:36:59.

as men we kind of shrug it off and think, oh, well. But when it comes

:37:00.:37:04.

close to home and you realise how devastating it can be, particularly

:37:05.:37:08.

for the mother but for the whole family, the extended family, then

:37:09.:37:12.

you come to realise that it is a tragedy, and people who have

:37:13.:37:16.

suffered this really do need help, and Sands do a fantastic job, they

:37:17.:37:21.

help people who are at a very great emotional crisis in their life, and

:37:22.:37:24.

I cannot speak highly enough of them. I haven't had any injuries at

:37:25.:37:36.

all since I have been running barefoot. I think there are several

:37:37.:37:40.

reasons for this, really. One is that when you run with trainers, you

:37:41.:37:46.

tend to land on your heel, whereas when you are running barefoot it is

:37:47.:37:50.

almost natural to land on the ball up your foot, and so you get much

:37:51.:37:55.

more spring in your step, and it is not so stressful for the joints. And

:37:56.:37:59.

don't forget we have been running for millions of years before

:38:00.:38:02.

trainers were invented and I think we are designed to run barefoot, so

:38:03.:38:05.

I would ask other people why they wear trainers. I will be 65 shortly.

:38:06.:38:13.

I didn't start running at all, never even run for a bus, I don't think,

:38:14.:38:19.

before I was, I think, 52. What I'm saying is, it is never too late. It

:38:20.:38:22.

is surprising what you can do when you put your mind to it. I would

:38:23.:38:26.

like to think that I will certainly be doing this again on my 70th

:38:27.:38:31.

birthday and, who knows, 80? I am not going to go beyond that, but you

:38:32.:38:38.

never know. I am joined now by Elmo, who have we

:38:39.:38:44.

got here? Brian. How did it go? It went really well. Time today wasn't

:38:45.:38:50.

really a thing for me, it was mainly about doing that for all those

:38:51.:38:54.

children who need support out there. I have a learning disability myself,

:38:55.:38:58.

I just feel that it matters for children out there to be inspired by

:38:59.:39:02.

people like myself and encourage them to take up the sport. Today I

:39:03.:39:11.

wanted to show the kids that they can do it, no matter what your

:39:12.:39:15.

ability is. You are certainly an inspiration to us. I must ask, it

:39:16.:39:19.

must have been boiling inside that suit? Yes, it was hot. I had to stop

:39:20.:39:28.

at times to get water to call myself down. Brilliant conditions and

:39:29.:39:33.

brilliant course, as always. Congratulations, Brian.

:39:34.:39:45.

I was drinking until 1230 PM, I have just sobered up now! Just running it

:39:46.:39:53.

off today! There are 46 of us altogether, we have raised 250,002

:39:54.:40:00.

years, 10,000, 9000 or something makes it a quarter of a million so

:40:01.:40:06.

hopefully we will headquarter of a million. Brilliant! Listen, don't

:40:07.:40:10.

let me stop you there, I want you to try to sober up on this last six

:40:11.:40:15.

miles so! Amaan .com or Minnie mouse, you are

:40:16.:40:22.

looking ecstatic! Absolutely! I came here and have done 1.55, I cannot

:40:23.:40:31.

wait to get that on Facebook! The support out there was unbelievable,

:40:32.:40:34.

I have had so many shouts and cheers, it has been absolutely

:40:35.:40:37.

fantastic. I have come from Lancashire, my husband has finished,

:40:38.:40:44.

he is quicker than me. How did the Cardiff Half Marathon Treeview? Very

:40:45.:40:48.

nice, a few sneaky hills I did not know about, but fantastic weather,

:40:49.:40:52.

brilliant race. Back next year as Minnie mouse? No, I will have a new

:40:53.:41:01.

outfit then! And to beat that 1.55? Maybe! Congratulations!

:41:02.:41:13.

How are you feeling? I'm OK, OK. Can we have a quick chat? Tell me how

:41:14.:41:17.

you are feeling? You are the man running barefoot? I am, I think we

:41:18.:41:23.

will make it, we are getting there, slowly. I have had to put some

:41:24.:41:26.

plasters on because there was a bit of glass back there but I think I

:41:27.:41:31.

will be OK, doing all right. How many half marathons have you done?

:41:32.:41:35.

Quite a few now, about ten altogether. All barefoot? Yes, apart

:41:36.:41:41.

from the very first, when I had trainers on. But I enjoyed it

:41:42.:41:46.

barefoot and people think I'm a bit mad, but in many ways it is easier

:41:47.:41:53.

will stop well, don't let me stop you there. We have got a fabulous

:41:54.:41:56.

day for it anyway, so lucky with the weather.

:41:57.:42:02.

Thank you. What a warrior. I think one of the other men that Christian

:42:03.:42:10.

interviewed yesterday was at Burton yesterday, it was Burton Albion two,

:42:11.:42:16.

Cardiff zero, let's not go there! Mandy Moore just crossing the line,

:42:17.:42:21.

big way for her there. When you look at these people doing incredible

:42:22.:42:24.

things the charities across Wales, you must be very proud because you

:42:25.:42:28.

are the man at the heart of that? I am absolutely proud, the

:42:29.:42:32.

organisation is proud. What this event gives us is the opportunity

:42:33.:42:36.

for charities, Barnardos is a type of charity that has had a key role

:42:37.:42:40.

in the event over the last 15 years, but we have hundreds of local

:42:41.:42:45.

charities, Conservative estimate is over ?2.5 million being raised today

:42:46.:42:49.

for good causes in Wales, so that side of the event is sometimes not

:42:50.:42:54.

the most obvious but it is a social dimension behind the scenes which

:42:55.:42:57.

makes us all proud. The other thing, with an athletics hat on, the model

:42:58.:43:03.

we have created is that surpluses from today's event will go to fund

:43:04.:43:08.

grassroots athletics and it keeps schools athletics alive in Wales. We

:43:09.:43:13.

are keeping the next generation of youngsters involved in the sport and

:43:14.:43:17.

it is something we are immensely proud. You may have just seen in the

:43:18.:43:20.

bottom left of your screen a man being held across the finishing line

:43:21.:43:24.

where we are right now. It is just wonderful spirit, so many people

:43:25.:43:30.

running side-by-side, I think I read today 51% of the people who applied

:43:31.:43:34.

to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon, you would know this as the

:43:35.:43:37.

chief executive of run Wales, taking part for the first time. Yes, I am

:43:38.:43:42.

impressed with your knowledge! It is truly amazing that year-on-year, and

:43:43.:43:49.

I think as we were saying earlier, the inspiration provided by Alfie 's

:43:50.:43:53.

Angels and the fact that people now think this is possible, they might

:43:54.:43:57.

be sitting at home today feeling inspired, the pictures have been

:43:58.:44:01.

incredible of Cardiff and the race, and a lot of people will be sitting

:44:02.:44:05.

at home thinking, in 12 months' time, I will have a go at that, it

:44:06.:44:08.

is my chance to do something to change the way I live. What is the

:44:09.:44:13.

hope and aspiration for the half marathon, what do you hope to

:44:14.:44:17.

achieve? Would you dream of putting on a marathon in Cardiff? Our

:44:18.:44:21.

aspiration is to keep growing the Cardiff Half Marathon to make the

:44:22.:44:26.

elite side of it as strong as possible, to really strengthen that,

:44:27.:44:29.

and to get more and more club runners involved but also just to

:44:30.:44:33.

keep it going from a community perspective, all the good things we

:44:34.:44:37.

have spoken about today, to keep building on it. I am more than happy

:44:38.:44:41.

to talk about our future plans, because it is important that we

:44:42.:44:45.

don't just rest on our laurels, what we recognise more and more is that

:44:46.:44:50.

there is demand for longer distances, so I am happy to give you

:44:51.:44:54.

the exclusive today that we are looking to launch in the next two

:44:55.:45:04.

weeks a full marathon in Wales that will take place in April as almost a

:45:05.:45:07.

precursor to the London Marathon. It recognises that Wales, at the

:45:08.:45:09.

moment, uses the marathon as its Welsh championship, which is crazy.

:45:10.:45:14.

There is huge demand, 250,000 people applied for the London Marathon

:45:15.:45:18.

every year, 35,000 people get places, so the demand is there.

:45:19.:45:23.

People all the time are asking me and the staff members, why are you

:45:24.:45:27.

not putting on a marathon? So we are going to do that, we have got plans

:45:28.:45:31.

in place, almost finalised, so delighted today to announce that Run

:45:32.:45:36.

4 Wales will be putting on a full marathon in the next six months.

:45:37.:45:40.

Fantastic, and you have done that on my television as well. Really good

:45:41.:45:44.

to talk to you. As Matt says, it is not just about taking part, it is

:45:45.:45:48.

not just the elite race, it is about raising money as well.

:45:49.:45:58.

I started this year in January, nearly 21 stone. My son Jake was

:45:59.:46:01.

born last year missing his lover left arm. I decided that I needed to

:46:02.:46:09.

introduce damage control. I didn't want my boys being bullied because

:46:10.:46:13.

they had a fat mum. It is bad enough now when we go out and Jake gets

:46:14.:46:19.

stared at, comments are made. It is hurtful. I don't see why they should

:46:20.:46:24.

be bullied because of my own problems. So I decided to start

:46:25.:46:29.

eating healthily. I started running, well, walking at first, then

:46:30.:46:36.

running, and ten months down the line I completed a five kilometre,

:46:37.:46:41.

ten kilometre, and I am now attempting the Cardiff Half

:46:42.:46:43.

Marathon, and I am almost six stone lighter. Next year I hope to do a

:46:44.:46:50.

marathon, and I'm aiming for Ironman Wales in 2018. To me, it is not so

:46:51.:46:58.

much my wait any more, it is feeling I have got a purpose, more than just

:46:59.:47:02.

an mum and a wife, I have started looking after me, which was the

:47:03.:47:06.

problem, I spent so much time looking after everyone else and not

:47:07.:47:10.

myself, that is how I got to 21 stone. It is time to be a little bit

:47:11.:47:14.

selfish. Had Jake not been formed the way he was, I possibly would not

:47:15.:47:23.

have succeeded again. I hate saying that because it sounds like my other

:47:24.:47:30.

children were not as important, but how as a parent can you teach your

:47:31.:47:35.

Child with a disability that anything is possible if you are not

:47:36.:47:39.

willing to show them yourself, how am I meant to teach him when he

:47:40.:47:43.

comes home and says, someone says I cannot ride a bike or climb a

:47:44.:47:48.

climbing wall, how am I meant to show him that, absolutely anything

:47:49.:47:54.

is possible? I have worked so hard, and it has meant spending hours away

:47:55.:47:58.

from the children some days, but they will get it. It is great,

:47:59.:48:03.

because my son has come home this week and he wants to join

:48:04.:48:07.

cross-country, he wants to sign up for gymnastics, my other child wants

:48:08.:48:10.

to sign up for football clubs. It has had an amazing impact on the

:48:11.:48:16.

rest of us as well. It was nice to hear from my son Henry that when he

:48:17.:48:21.

grows up what he wants to do is run and run like me. That makes it all

:48:22.:48:23.

worthwhile. I am running for reach UK, they are

:48:24.:48:33.

a charity who support children and families of children who have been

:48:34.:48:39.

affected by upper limb differences. They have given us support when

:48:40.:48:42.

local health professionals have failed. There is always someone

:48:43.:48:49.

there, these other families just like you in the same situation and

:48:50.:48:55.

we get to meet up and Jake gets to be with other children like him as

:48:56.:49:00.

well. It must be hard, he must be the only child with a limb

:49:01.:49:05.

disability where we live, so it's nice for him to not be the odd one

:49:06.:49:08.

out for a change. It's going to be emotional. Because for once I am

:49:09.:49:17.

proud of my boys, but for once I did something for me. I did that. I put

:49:18.:49:27.

in the hard work. I put in the effort. For once I was Michelle, I

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was not mum or a wife, I have done that. I am proud of myself.

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So many wonderful people taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon and for

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many of them it's a little too much, behind the cameraman are two people

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laid out, I think they are OK but they are on the grass, I think they

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are sunbathing because it's a beautiful day. Joined by Tanni

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Grey-Thompson, can you see them, I think they are OK. I think they are

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just having a bit of a stretch because the sprint finish can take a

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bit out of you. Have you enjoyed it today, it's been such a lovely day.

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It's been fantastic, I think it's amazing for Cardiff and Welsh sport,

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to have it as the second biggest half marathon in the country. The

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elite race is great but I love watching everyone come across the

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line, running for charity who have never run before and two tomorrow

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might be struggling to walk a little bit and might not be feeling great

:50:31.:50:34.

but they have come out and done it. They have made a difference. Let's

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talk about the elite race, we knew it would be quick because it's so

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flat and a gorgeous day, as expected for you? I think so, the men's race

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was interested with Korir, never seen something like that were

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someone is exacting across the road. Psychologically that's tough. I

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think we all expected Jepchumba to win. It was a good women's field

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today but when she takes the next step and has more depth around her I

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think she will go incredibly quick. She said she would run a marathon

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for two years, I think about it are learning how much to push the body.

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I think for the British athletes to run in that quality of field is

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fantastic. I am glad you said that, I spoke to Dewi Griffiths, personal

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best for and chatting to Steve Jones, Steve thinks, believes there

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is a different jury her fist since he has been working with him. He

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went out hard, try to stay with the pack and when he started to lose

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touch he ran his own race, didn't try to do anything silly. Then he

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comes out with a really decent personal best which you cannot ask

:51:52.:51:55.

any more from an athlete than that. I love the fact he's going to be

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running with Steve, he will get a different input into his training.

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As an athlete you evolve and change, you need to listen to different

:52:06.:52:09.

people. It's maybe not the position Dewi Griffiths would have wanted but

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we knew he was going to be running his personal best, that has to be

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motivational going forward. And the wheelchair race. Yes, I have known

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Richie Powell a long time, he's not a natural half marathon athlete but

:52:27.:52:31.

performed really well. Somebody told me he represented Wales in coarse

:52:32.:52:37.

fishing as well, did you know that? He represented GB at Paralympics 92,

:52:38.:52:41.

did the Commonwealth Games, then he went and did coarse fishing and has

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come back to wheelchair racing. I think you will still be here when he

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is 80. Some TV and radio backslapping, well done on the

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Paralympics, did you enjoy it? It was amazing. We were a bit worried a

:52:56.:52:59.

couple of weeks out, talking about budget cuts, didn't know what that

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would mean but it was great, once the competition started it was all

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fine. Once Team GB started winning loads of medals that takes over

:53:14.:53:20.

everything else. The team did amazingly to finish second on the

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back of the games where if you had asked me a couple of months out I

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was not sure I would have been quite so confident. I would have said top

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five. For both the Olympics and politics it is a big step forward.

:53:33.:53:38.

We are hearing glorious sunshine, it's like the Copacabana. I did not

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get anywhere near the Copacabana! I saw it a bit from a distance but I

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did not get to it. Lovely to see you, thank you. It's sport

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personality of the year time and we are looking for your unsung hero.

:53:55.:54:00.

The sporting people who make things happen but rarely grab the

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limelight, whether they are helping out on the field are behind the

:54:05.:54:08.

scenes they are always there voluntarily giving up their time to

:54:09.:54:12.

help others without expecting in return. Do you know why sports

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unsung hero worthy of recognition? BBC Wales is looking for Welsh

:54:19.:54:23.

sports unsung hero. If you know someone who is 18 years or over on

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the 1st of January who fits the bill and would like more details or

:54:28.:54:30.

perhaps even nominate them for this award, visit the website, BBC .co

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.uk/ sport Wales. But nominations close just before midnight on Sunday

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the 23rd of October. Crossing the finishing line holding hands or you

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are still friends? Just about! It's been a fantastic day, beautiful

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weather. Good, pleased it's over. Did you encourage each other around?

:54:57.:55:01.

I was carrying the jellybeans so he could not go without me. Was it a

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great experience? Yeah, we have done it a few times and it was a really

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nice route with great support. Stunning city, stunning support,

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could not ask for more. And it keeps getting better. It seems massive

:55:19.:55:24.

this year. Very big this year, I have enjoyed it this year more than

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other years. So glad to see you're still friends. 11 years ago we did

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at the first time. Don't tell people that. Come here, I don't want you

:55:36.:55:43.

getting run over, how are you? I'm all right, just thinking about fish

:55:44.:55:46.

and chips at the end. Is that what you have been promised? Yes, and

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presenting three awards at the Bath this tonight, I will get home and

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showered and look presentable. I think you look good. Don't be

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ridiculous. Congratulations, finishing, why are you dressed like

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a bumblebee? I am running from the bumblebee conservation trust. I

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thought it was a good idea but in retrospect it's a bit hot for it

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today. Lots of water. Yes, it's been really well organised. What was it

:56:24.:56:30.

like? It was great, beautiful, flat, the sun is out, beautiful city,

:56:31.:56:35.

could not ask for more. What was the camaraderie like? Great, it's always

:56:36.:56:41.

good, everyone running for each other, the crowd was amazing, it

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makes it easier. You can keep on buzzing now! Go and put your feet

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up. Are you genuine firemen? Yes. I have to make sure. We are running

:56:58.:57:09.

for neuroblastoma UK. A former firefighter 's daughter passed away

:57:10.:57:14.

so we are running for them. Having a great time but really hot. It's

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getting heavy, the more I swept the heavier it is getting. Don't let me

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stop you, keep well hydrated. All the best. They must be boiling

:57:28.:57:32.

because in the sunshine it's very hot here today. For an October

:57:33.:57:38.

morning stroke afternoon anyway. They must be boiling, once again I

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think it's only right we give a big shout out this afternoon to the

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extra mile of volunteers who are helping hand out the water and look

:57:49.:57:54.

after the people taking part today. Delighted to say we have Zoe and

:57:55.:57:58.

Charlotte, Charlotte has just about turned off her phone, lots of

:57:59.:58:01.

messages from people saying well done, that was on live TV, we will

:58:02.:58:06.

play that back free later. Good afternoon, these are two of Alfie's

:58:07.:58:13.

Angels and you have finished in what time? I think I was 2.2 one. That is

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very good, is it what you are hoping for? For a first time I am proud of

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myself what I have achieved before I started this I had never done

:58:27.:58:31.

anything at all, my fitness level zero. For me this is absolutely 100%

:58:32.:58:43.

amazing. Charlotte you? I think I was just after the Zoe. So tired.

:58:44.:58:51.

The last mile was so tough but I am so lucky my family were all dotted

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around, I could see them and kept going. Flags waving. Everyone has

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been amazing. One of the stories of the day, very well done, God bless.

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That's it from us, thank you for watching, well done to all the

:59:09.:59:13.

runners taking part today. You have major country very proud, from all

:59:14.:59:15.

of us here, goodbye for now. Euro 2016,

:59:16.:59:19.

what a time for Welsh football.

:59:20.:00:03.

Jason Mohammad presents live coverage of the 2016 Cardiff Half Marathon. Following the success of the World Half Marathon Championships held over the same course in March this year, a record-breaking field of 23,000 entrants will take on the 13.1-mile course around the Welsh capital, the race now firmly established as the second biggest half-marathon in the United Kingdom. Starting in the shadow of the castle walls, the route takes in the sites of the city centre, the bay and Roath Park, before finishing in the Civic Centre. The strongest elite field ever assembled for this event ,featuring defending champion Ben Siwa, will ensure a highly competitive men's race, and likewise in the women's race, Kenya's Violah Jepchumba and Flomena Daniel could threaten the course record. Amongst the masses, there are thousands of stories from those running for their own particular personal reasons. Joining Jason will be reporters Christian Malcolm and Lowri Morgan, with commentary by Stuart Storey and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.


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