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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


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


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


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


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


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


of Wales' Rio Olympics and Paralympic stars following success


in Brazil. Hello, good morning to you, welcome


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Half Marathon winner, Ugandan Ben Siwa.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Cardiff Half Marathon was seeing Christian Malcolm get his trainers


on running alongside some of those runners and getting some wonderful


stories. We are delighted to say Christian is back


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


life from you must be very perspective. Inspirational for you


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


inspire other people who watch things like the half marathon and


think, I could never do that, but I would


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


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


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


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


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


on everything from technique to nutrition to just general


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


running again and developed ligament damage which was more painful than


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Half Marathon Championship came to Cardiff.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Britain. Well done to him, that was hard.


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


of the world half Marathon championship coming to the capital


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the left of your picture looking absolutely wonderful, Cardiff Castle


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


marathon but thousands of spectators lining the streets of the capital


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


November for the autumn internationals. And for the six


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


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


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


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


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


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


Cooper. Also represented Wales in coarse


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tanni Grey-Thompson and Stewart story.


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


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


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


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


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


tough today. Went to Rio and represented Kenya.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the race will be a challenge for all.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


himself. We saw at the World Championships when Mo Farah


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


second phase will be getting underway and of course these phases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


interesting if the Japanese could link onto Dewi Griffiths because the


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


together. The Marina looks beautiful, absolutely beautiful,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


newcomer, but she is something very special, began competing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


think having a whole weekend of events has encouraged people to


think about I think the two of them running


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


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


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


you on. Halfway is a tough point psychologically for anybody


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have marathon. Taguchi was the other Japanese, but


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Project Africa Athletics, a nonprofit organisation based in


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


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


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


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


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


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


given an opportunity. If you come from some other developing


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


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


the more established athletes helping, putting something back and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


looks determined, deep in concentration. Very good stride


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


was third in the African Championships cross-country this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


gently climbing. I remember years and years of training sessions on


these roads. Lovely surface to be on but also really well protected. It's


nice, you don't get a lot of wind. They are running across the road. I


just wondered what he was doing, whether he was trying to force


somebody through are just trying to break. This is unusual. I am not


sure I have ever seen it like this where they are running from one side


of the road to the other. He must have been a sailor in the olden


days, a bit of tacking! Just running all over the place isn't he? I think


it's interesting when you are trying to drop someone, that is more


relevant when you see it in a wheelchair racing. The point is that


you may will want the other athlete to go ahead and do some of the


leading because Kotut has latched onto the back. He does not want him


behind him, that is the thing, does not want to help them by allowing


him to run close behind him, wants to make his own run. It can also be


quite claustrophobic if you have somebody right on your shoulder,


running step-by-step behind you. Koria just wants to run his own


race. If you are running and trying to


shake them by running across the road, I hope it doesn't take away


from the concentration of his times. Now they are at the top of Roath


Park Lake, they will come round, quite a tight turn as you come round


to come down the other side. It's not a difficult corner by any means


for the runners to get round but knowing you will be heading back


down and this is where you will be able to see Dewi Griffiths and some


of the others might be able to see the distance that the lead runners


are in front of them, it can be positive motivation. I certainly


think that Korir is going to increase his personal best year. It


stands at 62.4 zero. Heading back towards the city centre, down Roath


Park road west. Let's have a look, ten miles, 51.50. She is now 68


minutes. She has dropped off a little bit on that pace, and I'm not


surprised. I'm not surprised when you're on your own for the whole of


the race. You will start slowing down. It's almost impossible to do


any kind of negative split when it doesn't look like there is anyone


around her, nobody for her to chase. Her shoulders rolling more, her head


moving more from side to side. But that would be expected at this stage


in the race when you are on the own and running a time trial. Running


around about 68, probably just inside 68. And still no change,


Kotut of Kenya hanging on. Two Kenyon is once again, way out in


front. Mneria has dropped way off the back. They have mortared along.


This might be an opportunity for Dewi Griffiths, who has run his own


race all the way through, to start picking through some of those


runners who cannot stay with this pace. Between 11 and 12 now, on this


13.1 mile course. This is going to be a very strong sprint finish


between these two, unless Kotut drops off but when you consider what


he has done this year, just won the Paris Marathon, the half marathon


this year and the Paris Marathon. Surprise winner of the race. He has


real strength endurance and I am sure that speed endurance will come


with it. At the moment this looks like more of a psychological battle


between the two of them. I cannot remember seeing a race like this


where you have a leader moving across the road so much. You


sometimes see it happening once or twice but he must be getting very


stressed out that he is sticking with him. Moving backward and


forward in a strange way, he needs to concentrate on his own race,


think about his own thing and not jumping about all over the place.


Just moving to one side, doesn't want him to draft, does not want him


behind, does not want to help him in anyway. Trying to take the


assistance away him. For Kotut, if he knows he has another athletes


booked, that he is worrying him, this is playing into his hands. He


must know he has a good sprint finish in him and can put pressure


on, for Korir, he must know there is a lot of stress in the athlete for


him to be doing this. It's an interesting psychological game as


well as a physical game going on at the moment between the two of them.


They are running between 61 and 62 at the moment. Unless they have


moved on a little, we will try to get you more accurate timing that


looks as though it is down to these two quite comfortably in the end.


Richie Powell having a bit of a coast on this downhill. For the


wheelchair athletes, you can use the ups and downs of the course as well


to get a break which you can do in running. You spoke to him earlier,


and he said he was expecting around about 59. He was hoping for that, if


he was able to maintain his technique throughout the race. For


the wheelchair athletes it's more like cycling, you're using the


corners, the ups and downs and he is now back into a very strong push.


Looking very comfortable, nice technique. Going over the bump at


the finish line. Looks pleased with that. That's a very good ride for


him. He should be pleased with that because he's not a natural half


marathon athlete, started as a sprinter, moved up to the distances,


he is a strong athlete, doing that time today on his own, he should be


pleased. Coming up to 12 and a half and look at this, people Korir


looking to get away from Kotut, this is a big attempt. This is total


commitment, Kotut cannot latch on to him at the moment, is this the


significant break he wanted? This is another gradual climb and it goes on


for about 200 metres then you go up and over the bridge, it's almost


like a sprint down, quite a nice, fast finish, this is the point to


make people hurt, quick look over the left shoulder, wanting to see if


the gap has grown anything and it has. This is significant and he is


committed now, totally and utterly committed. Between 12 and just


before 12 and a half miles, totally and utterly committed now, it looks


to me as though he may well have beaten him. Almost all know. I think


if this is the point you are going to commit, look at the grimace on


his face, he is working really hard. There is no room for mistakes at


this point, once you've made the decision you have to go for it and


make sure the other athletes behind you is hurting as much as possible.


For Kotut, it's looking hard. Korir keeps looking over his shoulder,


just wants to make sure the commitment he has made has been


worth it. This is the first time he has competed outside Kenya. What a


feat it would be if he comes away with a win on this fabulous


occasion. Looks now as though he has got away, he is increasing the


pressure and that's the way to do it, in the final stages of this


wonderful Cardiff Half Marathon. It's been an enthralling race. As


far as the women are concerned up your demonstration. But the men have


had a race and suddenly, Korir of Kenya, came here with a personal


best of 62.40, I just wonder if he will challenge the race record of 61


minutes and 51 seconds? The women's is definitely going to go, that is


71 minutes, Susan Partridge's record of 71 minutes ten seconds will


certainly go with Jepchumba. On the turn and shortly towards the 13 mile


mark. He's not convinced he's made the break yet because he keeps


looking over his shoulder. Wants to make sure he has nobody sitting on


him. Another little kick, are planned over a railway bridge so you


have to really in hard. Then it is, once you around the corner, it's


pretty much downhill and you are onto the flat. At the moment with


that climb it looks like the gap is growing bigger but you can see now


it is dropping down, Korir kicking in, looking at the time clock and


working incredibly hard to make sure he keeps the gap as much as he can.


Only just over the hour now as he approaches the finish. It really


will be a quick one for him. Remember, he came here with a best


of 61 minutes so he is running roughly that time, so this is a big


improvement. Absolutely in full flight now, look at this. He is


absolutely sprinting, as soon as you see that finish insight. This is a


new race record. First out of tenure, he has come to Great


Britain, to Wales, to Cardiff, he has come to win the Cardiff Half


Marathon. It is one hour 54, he has done it, he did it in a strange way,


he tried to free himself from Kotut, and he managed to do that. Kotut has


finished in second place. Outside his personal best, but, my goodness,


that was a great race. Mneria now taking third place, he ran in the


Olympics in the 5000, did not get through the heat, has done better


here, got himself on the podium inside 62 minutes, and that is a


very good run indeed. A personal best by a big margin, came here with


63.38 and has got away with something much better than that. In


fourth place, the defending champion, Ben Siwa of Uganda. Cannot


quite match the pace on this day, but, my goodness me, still sub 62.


He has done pretty well, as well. When the organisers said this rate


is fast in fact, it proves it with the times you are seeing today. Back


to Jepchumba, running very well. A bit of a climb here, underneath the


railway bridge, a bit of shade for a minute. Lovely running conditions


for the athletes today. She is heading home, all she has to


do is keep that running style, keep in good form. Dewi Griffiths there,


it looks like there has been another bit of a break in that pack, back to


two again. They were running good Kimosop, last year's medallist, has


he gone ahead of them? He has literally just gone ahead.


They have just spotted the finish line, which is a huge motivation for


any athlete. They just want to get to the finish line as quick as they


possibly can. Lovely running there for Debbie Griffiths. A big personal


best -- for Dewi Griffiths. I love won the elite athletes still look at


their watches. He came here with 64.10, 27 in the world half


championship half marathon here this year, he has absolutely destroyed


that. That is a very good run, he did not panic when the Africans


moved away from him, but he had the help of Matsui along came. It was


Matsui of Japan who, along with him, proved to be a very useful partner


indeed. Here we go with Jepchumba. She is now between 12... 12.5, I


would think, in this 13.1 mile race. She looks a little bit slow at this


point, it looks like she's starting to find the course a bit more


challenging. But, as we have said all the way through, it is not


unexpected when she has been on her own for the whole of the race. Just


heading downhill now, she knows she has only got a couple of turns left


before she comes into the final finishing straight. A lot of credit


to her, she really went out to run against the clock, to try to improve


on her best, but that is a big best to improve on, it really is, sub 65.


To come here with 65.51, that was in April in Prague. And I think for her


to test ourselves, because when she gets into the races with much bigger


fields, if she is going to go to marathon distance, she is going to


have to go out that hard in the first few miles of any


race that she wants to do. So this may have been a little bit more of a


training session for higher than a race, just knowing how hard she can


put herself and at what point in the course she can look at changing the


mile time, changing the technique and trying to get the time she


wants. She went through 20km in one hour, four minutes 50 seconds. She


had slowed down considerably. She had been running at 66 minute pace,


then it dropped to 68 minute pace. We are still going to see a best


performance on this course, that is for sure, the 71 minute performance


which stands, 71.10 from Susan Partridge is certainly going to go,


but there we come the 66 now, she has still got a little way to go, so


she has slowed quite considerably in the second half of this race. There


was no want to help her at all, she has been totally and utterly alone.


It has just been a run, really. I think we expected there might be


some of the men who would be there to help her, some of the top club


runners who might have been able to go with her in the early stages,


they have maybe looked at her and thought, no, it is too hard, they


will blow out their own race if they do it. But she trains with a men's


group, she trains with her husband, she is not afraid to try, and when


you see her in some of the bigger races, that determination will stand


her in good stead. This is the final climb on the course before she drops


down. She is approaching towards the 13 mile marker and then just 0.1 of


a mile to go from there. She will get a big, big hand here as she


comes into this final stage with that little downhill part. Look at


that, free running down that slight incline now. This is quite a


challenge at this part of the course, when your legs are starting


to go, your muscles are getting tight, that sharp downhill,


controlling it is incredibly important, and she needs to maintain


that pace and feel comfortable. You are quite right, it is a good point


and it happens to the great North Run as well, that little final down,


it is not until you turn left... I remember that! It is hard work, I'm


told. This is going to be very, very quick, around 68. We predicted


around 68, it will be a new course record, a new championship record,


race record, as you say. By a big, big margin. Coming up to 68 minutes


now, and that is another very good run, she ran 65.51 in April in


Prague, she ran Istanbul in 68.18, Gothenberg 68.01, this is 68.14,


world-class running, all on her own. That is class. I think we are going


to see a lot of this young woman in the future and certainly, let me


repeat, she says no marathon until 2018, but you never know. I can't


wait to see her run the marathon. I don't want to wish the time away but


she has got so much more that she can learn about her running style,


her training. When you see where she has come from in the last 18 months,


you would imagine she is going to be challenging the best women in the


world. Robin is on for one of the world records dressed as Batman and


Robin, wearing a Kamworor on his chest as well, making sure he makes


the most of every moment. For somebody who is dressed in a


costume, running 1.10 pace is very good going. I wonder what has


happened to Batman?! Ahmed of Egypt's coming in now. And there he


is, Robin. No batsman with him, as you say. Pretty good time, too. That


is a very good time indeed. Robin has done well. Here is second place,


Flomena Daniel of tenure, second in the women's race now. Going to go


very close to 70 minutes here, very tired coming down this straightaway


but still a very, very quick run in deed and we will have two women


inside the previous best. 70.03, very, very good indeed by Flomena


Daniel of Kenny. Running since 1999 as a world junior, now developing


herself. Commonwealth Games Marathon Championships on of course. That was


last time out. Batman... He will have to have a word with Robin, I


think! He does not look like he has got quite the same sprint finish


there. Well done, Batman, 70.46, not bad at


all. These are very respectable times for club runners. Jerotich,


third-place women. It has been tough for the women out there today, it


really has. They might have expected to have had a bit more protection,


maybe run with a few more people around them, but strong running


there. She was the defending champion, of course, coming into


this race, she won it last year and she maintains her position on the


podium but at a level three this year. 71.22, or thereabouts. Well


done indeed. The top three women are home.


You can see the road is getting a bit busier now. I love it when they


are still able to wave to the cameras and cheer and shout as they


go past. But this is pretty tough running for these guys. But these


moments will continue for some considerable time, that is how it


is, that is what it is about, mass participation. 22,000, you mentioned


earlier, Taney, 800 different charities being supported by the


efforts of all of these men and women, and they will have given a


lot of their time to go out and run, to prepare for this occasion, and


some will succeed by their own standards, a personal best, running


for the first time. This is the husband of Shirley Connor! She is


ahead of you! Is she?! You had better go after her! That is not the


sort of thing you should say, Christian! Don't discourage him! For


these athletes, people out running now, this is hard, they are not


natural wonders, they are people who have maybe not been training for


very long, and the guys who are out there, four, five, six hours, it


really hurts and they need a lot of encouragement and support from the


crowd, because it is tough, I remember the first half marathon I


did, it felt like it went on for ever. It felt like a marathon. As a


full-time athlete, you are very fortunate because that is all you


do. Here comes Rachel Felton in, and Rachel, of course, has been quite


good on the course, on the local causes, this season. She has done


very well, I think, in five kilometre and ten kilometre races,


she had four wins recently. Just coming round that bend. She won the


Cardiff ten kilometre four times, the fourth just recently. Coming in


with a best of 73.43, only just outside of that this season. It is a


season 's best, she came in with 76 this season. The first British


athlete home, just outside 74 minutes. So that is good. It looks


like it was a tough race for her. Wonderful vision of the area around


Cardiff Bay. Beautiful, beautiful morning here. The sun now beginning


to improve the temperature around us. Seeing that mass of runners


around Cardiff looks fantastic. I think we can go back to Jason at the


end of the race, see what he has got to say.


I just want you to enjoy these pictures, Cardiff Bay looking


absolutely beautiful today. The Wales millennium Centre, thousands


of runners, this is the culmination of weeks and weeks of training. Most


of the runners today are raising money for amazing causes right


throughout the UK and right across Wales. ?2.5 million estimated to be


raised by the end of the Cardiff Half Marathon. And also a word


today, Taney and Stuart, to the 800 volunteers, you saw them in Rio, at


the Paralympics and Olympic Games, giving up their time over this race


weekend to ensure everyone has an unforgettable experience. And


hopefully David Forde at some point will be tuning into this coverage,


he deserves a big shout out because, aged 86, he is the oldest


participant. Well done to you. The clones running arm in arm,


loving less. Tom frost is 17 on race day, the youngest participant, and


some of the stories are pretty incredible, especially the people


running this for the very first time. According to the figures from


the organisers, 51% running for the very first time, 52% male, 48% are


female. And what a beautiful day. And how lovely to see so many people


turning out to cheer them on. Looks beautiful. But it's not just about


today of course, over the weekend there has been a real festival of


running with young people joining in as well.


If you want to get in the mood for the Cardiff Half Marathon but don't


fancy running 13.1 miles, there is an entire day of fun for the whole


family and all abilities with the festival of running.


One of the highlights of the day for me without a doubt is the 100-metre


Cobbler-. And they are off. -- toddler run. It's got the


performance, the family, and people love the festival of running.


Plenty of happy and smiling faces behind me because now it's time for


the whole family to get together and work as a team in the family fun


run. Fantastic! He did so well, he ran all the way around, did not stop


once. Am I on TV? You might be. Exclusively for this year we have


the Cardiff University fun run, a chance for a 300 students to blow


away the cobwebs of freshers week. It's great to be able to run around


here, I go to university here so it's great to be able to race, the


crowds were brilliant, really good atmosphere. What a fabulous day, I


was third overall, my little lad that the toddler run, then we all do


the family run so I thought why not come back and finish with gold in


the Masters. What a wonderful way to countdown to the Cardiff Half


Marathon, runners of all abilities, all ages and who knows, maybe a


future world champion? If you want to go to the BBC Sport


website, if you love what you are seeing right now and who can blame


you, look at that, it is beautiful, if you go to the BBC Sport website


to get inspired. You can just see it at the bottom of your screen, the


hashtag get inspired. All you have to do is put in your postcode,


choose your sport and it will direct you to your local club, be it


running, archery, football, cricket, swimming, gymnastics, whatever. Get


inspired on the BBC Sport website. If you want to get involved in


social media we would love to hear from you, on Twitter use the hashtag


BBC Cardiff half. Look out for some special guests along the route,


Gareth Thomas running with Alfie's Angels. Shane Williams is apparently


also out there on the course, he loves a half marathon. We saw Gethin


Jones at the start of the programme as well. Even


We also understand Mark Lewis Jones is here in some capacity and


apparently Christian Malcolm has a panda? INAUDIBLE


You have done very well, how do you feel? It's a great atmosphere, just


got to keep going. Your man behind you, who are you supposed to be? I


am support for Mr Gary Browne. Raising money. Don't let me die stop


you, keep going, you are doing very well, a fantastic job, all the best.


The panda doing a wonderful job. Approaching the Wales Millennium


Centre. What's going on? Sunday told me it


was raining so I would have to wear waterproof clothes. It is not going


to rain today. We have a mixture of Elvis and... It is Elvis! I did not


realise Elvis is this big. Carb loading. Who are you running for?


Just the running club, doing it for fun, nobody in particular. Go and


have more fun, carry on. A reminder if you are just watching and missed


the elite men's and women's race, the men's winner Korir of Kenya and


the women's winner Jepchumba of Kenya. The fastest Welshman Dewi


Griffiths, personal best, 63.25. We saw Batman and Robin crossing the


line, what is the story? We are looking to break the world record


for the half marathon dressed as superheroes. It's currently held by


a friend of ours who we train with regularly who is based in Cardiff,


it's 75 minutes at the moment. We want to break that and get as close


to 70 as we can. But having tried to run in this costume, we would just


be happy with some 75. A fellow athlete was involved in a parachute


accident in January which has left him paralysed from the neck down. He


is making progress all the time, how far that goes we are not sure but he


is positive about it and tackling it feeds on which we all expected. Even


prior to the accident, as a friend and a fellow athlete I looked up to


him. I have been in the RAF or two and a half years and he has been in


far longer than that and he was one of those who encouraged me to join


and help me along. It's a bit cheesy but with everything he has been


through, the person he is, I have always seen him as a bit of a hero


himself so I thought let's do it as superheroes. Everyone knows Rob in


Cardiff, he's a big fixture of the athletics community. An e-mail was


sent out offering five spaces for people to raise money for him in the


Cardiff half so we spoke about it and said we would like to take up


those spaces to try to raise some money. I ran the same card course


earlier this year in March, 66.50 which is my PB at the moment, I


would hope to get around that sort of time but it will be slower in


this. Half marathon is not my distance, a bit too far for me, but


I've done a couple in the last 12 months that haven't gone great. I've


done 69 minutes, so sub 75 for the world record seems a bit high. The


first thing is raising money for Rob, and it would be nice to get the


record if we could so we will have that in our minds. We said earlier


on we will run together till about ten miles and then if one of us


feels better, the competitive edge might start and try to push on. I


think Batman will be just ahead of Robin. Every man for himself!


CHUCKLES Remarkable, Robin won the race,


brilliant, great finish. I think some of the elite athletes were


under pressure when he crossed the line. Let's hear from the boys. We


saw you crossing the finish line exhausted, but the big question is


did the superheroes break the record? Both inside the record, I


ran 69 .5, so we took a fair bit off it. Rob must be delighted. Yes, he


is probably watching and laughing at us dressed like this. You have both


done some major races, how does it differ being in fancy dress? The


hardest thing I've ever done, so warm. After the first couple of


miles we turn to each other and said it was too hot. Did you follow


tactics? We try to, try to stick together for ten miles but I had


cramp at eight miles so I told him to move on. You're raising loads of


money, how much so far? 1900 at the moment, we want to keep pushing it,


we'll keep the fundraising page for another week so if you have not


deleted please do. Brilliant, congratulations, you can fly away


now, goodbye. Commissioner Gordon is on the line,


there is work to do in Gotham city. They were fantastic, well done,


boys. Roath Lake looking gorgeous this morning on this beautiful


October morning. Don't forget, this course has been praised for its


flat, fast, it is iconic. They staged the world half my


Championships here in March, we did not have this brother, it was


torrential, the rain. Mo Farah was here in Cardiff, winning a bronze


medal in pretty testing conditions. What a year he has had, going on to


win double Olympic gold medals. That handy back to Steward to talk you


through today's elite races. Thank you. Just have a look at the


women's race, in fact, which was quite a formidable affair, really.


Turned out to be a demonstration, in the end. This young woman, Violah


Jepchumba, at one stage was running at 66 minute pace, it dropped a bit


to 68 towards the end, so the second half of the race not quite as quick


as the first. She is the sixth fastest woman of all time, much was


expected, it was a lone adventurer for her ahead of Flomena Daniel, the


Commonwealth champion and Jerotich, but the advantage was considerable


by the time she got to the final stages of the race. Just outside 68


minutes. It was a new race record by a considerable margin, taking the


original record of Susan Partridge, 71.10, off the record books, 6814.


Let's have a little look at the result of the race, here it is,


Jepchumba 68.14, Flomena Daniel 70.05, and Lenah Jerotich, 71.20


three. The first Briton home, Rachel Felton with 74.0 three.


We can have a little look back now at the men's race, and that was


always going to be a close encounter of the first kind, and so it was


that the African contingent, along with Dewi Griffiths and the Japanese


athlete latched onto the back of the African leaders, Kotut and Mneria.


And of course Shadrack Korir. All five of them really started to move


the race along. In the second half of the race, by ten miles, it was


looking around 61 minutes. A lot of strange racing between Shadrack


Korir and Kotut in the final stages. Look at him moving from side to


side, Kotut followed him all the way! But in the end, of course,


Korir was a man with a sprint finish and Kotut could not match. This was


the point at which it began to unwind for Kotut, remember he won


the Paris Marathon this year, and Korir having the first race of his


life outside of Kenya. The emphasis of drive and a sprint speed down the


home straight was quite something to watch. He was so determined and it


was a new race record for him. Very, very fine run ahead of many area and


Ben Siwa, the defending champion. Just have a look at the result of


that now, Korir just outside the hour, a new race record, just as


Jepchumba's was. Kotut, 61.04, many area 61.30 six. The defending


champion, Ben Siwa, found himself in fourth place, Debbie Griffiths,


63.26, a big personal best for the Welshman in eighth place -- Dewi


Griffiths. Let's have a look at the winners, I


think we can talk to the second place, Kotut, one of the favourites,


but in the end turned up in second place. Congratulations, what an


exciting race to watch. I think the race was OK, I liked everything


about the race. I promise today to do something, if not to win, to


boost the best time. I wanted to run under 60 but unfortunately I could


not make that. I can recommend something about the course, the


course is so perfect. There was a lot of people out there. The group


of people gave me moral support to run, I decided to push to make


someone, if not me, run faster. This race is brilliant. You must be


delighted. And also Shadrack smashing the course record and you


were involved with that? Yes, I am happy, I have helped someone run his


personal best like some other people have helped me run my personal best.


I am happy, the Cardiff Half Marathon now is a 60 race, that is


what makes me happy, even though I did not win, I am so, so happy, and


I will be happy to be back again and make something better than this. See


you next year, then! Thank you so much.


JASON: And we would like to see you back next year. This is the


strongest ever elite field. We have had beaten 2015 Cardiff half winner,


Ben Siwa, and Debbie Griffiths, who I am hoping we can talk to bury


sugar, the fastest Welshman coming in today with a time of 63.25, a


personal best for him, he has been training with Steve Jones and we


hope to chat with him shortly. And the women's winner, can you's Violah


Jepchumba, whose time is incidentally the third fastest


women's half marathon time in history. Let's also bring you


up-to-date with the winner of the wheelchair race, that went to Richie


Powell, who has been talking to us. Congratulations, you must be


delighted? Fantastic day, fantastic weather and a fantastic crowd as


well. What was it like out there? It is a tough course, but it is the


same for everybody, a very fast course, a great course, a home run


for me, basically. Brilliant, congratulations, well done. Ranks


very much. How are you, Buddy? I am all right!


Banks were holding me back! I am busy, I am running! I understand!


How are you feeling out there? As a local lad, you understand, it is a


fantastic group, I am proud to be Welsh everyday of the week but even


more so, the support is constant, you don't think about being tired,


you just enjoy it. My friend has never run this far before, it he is


ahead of me, we are trying to get round together. Go and catching up.


Please give me a call! Will you when it next year? I don't know about


that! -- will you be running it? Lovely to see getting out there on


the course as well, wondering why Christian Malcolm has had called him


now, we are intrigued! Dewi Griffiths is the fastest Welshman


this year, alongside Steve Jones, who trained him. We have just heard


Gethin describing what it is like, what was it like for you? Pretty


lovely conditions, the sun is out, Cardiff is at its best today. Smiles


on everyone's bases. Pretty nice day out there, great support, great


atmosphere. Magnificent but you, personal best? Yes, happy day all


round. And what is that down too, is it down to the man to your right?


Part of it is down to him... Part of it?! I have trained over the last


few weeks and I am progressing, adding, getting older. Where have


you been training, here in Wales or out in the States? I have been out


for a month, came back last weekend. Pretty bit at the moment, and


hopefully it showed today. How big an influence has he been over the


last couple of months? He has always been an influence since we first


spoke a couple of years ago, it is nice to have him in my corner as a


bit of a mental, seeing what he did back in his day, and I would like to


be late if not beat some of it. Is it true that he is pushing you


harder than anyone has in the past? I think he would think he is as


hard! It will be hard training under him, but I enjoy it. What sort of


mileage are you doing Eastwick? Over 100 miles a week when I was out


there. What were you doing in terms of mileage before you started


working with Steve in the states? Something similar, but I am getting


older as well so I can cope with a bit more, so progressing year on


year and getting to that volume 100, 120. Steve, have you seen a big


difference in his training and performances? Yes, he has been


coming out of the states now for the last 2.5 years. This is his third


trip out and I have seen improvements not just in his


performance but his commitment, he has matured a little bit, he is


going in the right direction. And he listens coming he doesn't say a lot


but he listens. He is part and parcel of my group now and they have


embraced him. So much of endurance running, distance running, is mental


as well, what about the psychological


Key is a growing lad, he's still young, still maturing his running.


The emotional and mental part of it is very important. I think if you


can gain the confidence in the work you are doing, in the training you


are doing and the people you are around then you can show that in the


races as well. What is your old with ambition? Take his record offer him!


Which one? LAUGHTER One final question about what you're


seeing here today, I know you are a proud Welshman, back here in Wales


after training out in the United States but this is beautiful to see.


It's great. It's putting Cardiff on the map and Wales on the map, having


the World Championships here in March and showing everyone again


that we can put on a great event in Wales. I think it will grow. I don't


want to buy this you but I have been told you have requested some holiday


time and he said no, what do you want a holiday for? I have got to


top up my tan! Has the lead request been completely rejected? He doesn't


need it! We can do this on TV, is he allowed a holiday or not? He can do


whatever he wants but I think to start with, as you mature and get


older, you do need a bit of a break between seasons. Between the road in


the country and attract. But I have always been a firm believer that to


step up to the next level in needs to be a consistent 52 weeks a year,


every four years is an Olympics so just keep the momentum going.


Instead of taking and trying to get back up again, toughen up the body


and keep the momentum going. Thank you for talking to us, and


congratulations Dewi Griffiths, where do you fancy, Tenerife? I


fancy a holiday as well! Great to see you, thank you, wonderful scenes


here in Cardiff. That's the finish line, from a helicopter shot,


beautiful. So many people doing wonderful things today, raising


money, extraordinary people doing remarkable things. I am running it


for everything she has been through and also dreams and wishes which is


an amazing charity which has helped through the treatment. Megan was


diagnosed with leukaemia last March, one of many sick children who have


had a wish is granted by the charity whilst receiving treatment. Coming


into hospital is hard, he does not want to come to hospital, he wants


to go to school with his friends and we would much rather that as well.


Which part is called do you think? Yes, that's gold, get the medal


shiny. What should we call him? Ben. Why Ben? Because I have a friend at


school called Ben. We did not know the Welsh Guards were coming and


it's been a wonderful experience, he has really enjoyed it. I like the


helmets because it is fluffy. And I have worn it and had a picture.


Doing the run will help more children have wishes when they are


going through a life-threatening illness. Are you going to help me


paint mine? I can't do it on my own. You want to do the blue. You can do


it if you want. To be part of the Welsh Guards and come and see the


kids, it's amazing. You are doing a good job. Teamwork. It takes her


mind off everything they are going through, all the treatments. It


helps them. She's not really run before, the last time she ran she


broke her arm so this is a step up! Good luck mum! LAUGHTER


Thank you. 25,000 adults and children


registered for running events right across this weekend, not just about


the half marathon today, races yesterday as well, children as young


as three taking part, brilliant. Olympians, Commonwealth Games


champions featuring in this strongest elite field ever


assembled. One of the stories we told you about at the start of the


programme was Rory Coleman, ultramarathon runner struck down by


a very rare illness just a few months ago. He has had rehab, was


learning to walk again just a few weeks ago and now is running the


half marathon. Let's find out how he's getting on. How are you? You


look like you're having a great time. We are having a fantastic


time, beautiful bay. It is. He is extraordinary, hasn't walked a


single step yet and we have done six miles. Back in March she was five


months pregnant, I helped her then and I have been really ill since


then. So it is my turn to help him. Less than three months ago I was in


a wheelchair paralysed from the neck down so I have had to learn how to


walk again and I am back running. It's fantastic, beautiful day, we're


having a great time out. Great to be out on our feet again. You are a


true inspiration, I mean that. I have almost done 1000 marathons, I


have got 24 to go. One at the end of the month and this is getting back


to the fitness, running is our lives, this is what we do. I will


shake your hand and give you a hug, you are an inspiration, don't let me


stop you. Well done, one hour 33 minutes, you must be delighted.


Yeah, just wanted to get it done. I'm on nights tonight so I need to


get home. What do you do? I am a firefighter. Hence the uniform. What


was it like out there? The atmosphere is amazing, it's really


good. Have you been sparring each other on? It's been unbelievable,


the children on the side, everything. Well done,


congratulations. Sir Runalot, how's it going? This is the stupidest


decision of my life, this is murder. It's for a good cause. Two great


causes, check out Sir Runalot on Facebook to help support. I think I


am OK, getting through about eight jails in 15 minutes. And more


painkillers than advisable but I think we are doing OK. If we don't


get it today we will try again. You keep going, well done. What a great


sport. One of the best programmes you will see on BBC Wales is Alfie's


Angels where he takes a whole bunch of unfit women and turns them into


Cardiff half marathon athletes. Outside! This time last year Welsh


rugby legend Gareth Thomas trained 16 rookie runners to run the Cardiff


Half Marathon. We did it! Having successfully completed that mission,


12 months later Alfie is back again. But this time he is super sizing his


ambitions. Does anybody here think you can motivate the person next to


you in front of you to complete the half marathon? There is your answer.


This summer he has accepted his biggest challenge yet. To help train


from scratch 100 novice runners for this year 's Cardiff Half Marathon.


A total of 20 teams have been following a training programme set


by Alfie and training guru James. We have been following three of those


teams up close and personal for the Alfie's Angels TV series. Team


number one, eight incredible ladies whose children all attend the same


needs school in Cardiff. Team number two is fabulous foursome who all


work on ward 12 of the Royal come organ hospital. And finally team


three, five batty beauticians from Haverfordwest. It's been a


helter-skelter summer for all the teams. They have trained their way


from couch potatoes to 21 kilometres. But it's not been a


stroll in the park. At the very beginning Alfie was convinced the


nail bar girls would not it. It pains me to say it but I cannot see


them doing it. He was worried they were all about booze, Botox and


smokes. But after an Alfie intervention... Your lungs after a


year when you smoke. When you smoke 20 a day. They have all knuckled


down. And Alfie 's outlook has done a complete 180. The nail bar girls


when I first met them I thought their party lifestyle and a fun


element of them was maybe all they were about but I was so wrong. They


are an amazing group of girls individually and collectively, so


motivated. They work hard and they have been leaders. Let's get through


it. Everybody looks to one of the nail bar girls for conversation or


motivation, they have turned out to be from what I thought a team that


would struggle to a team that has led the way. At the outset the


hospital girls had the opposite effect. Their everyday lives, from


the moment they wake up to when they go to bed is difficult and they will


probably see a lot of these challenges as easy and Excel and a


lot of them. But how wrong can one man be? The nurses quickly became


casualties of their older overenthusiasm. The nurses when I


first met them I thought they were a strong team but I think with the


amount of time they are on their feet at work and training they were


picking up injuries, they were overtraining. The fracture is


straight to the bone. But they have such drive and motivation and


dedication which covers from their work life. Working a 12 hour shift


in award then training, then going home and looking after the family


and doing that constantly every day of the week is an extremely


difficult thing to do. They have been another motivating factor in


inspiring everybody else. Then there was the mums. The mums speak for


themselves. They have been walking a continual tightrope of trying to fit


in the demands of training alongside the demands of family life. All the


other women have seen how these women live their lives and how


special they are and what they have done is taken the determination they


have everyday and used it differently. They have said all this


determination I take out of my life to help everybody else I am going to


take some for me. I am going to do something for me and I think they


have done that. For all 100 of the angels there have been big


sacrifices, heartache and happiness. They have marked of the milestones


across a summer of sweat that none of them were offered it in a hurry.


Key is the man getting them fit and prepared and ready for the Cardiff


Half Marathon and what it is all about is getting them fit and


inspired to take up other sports as well, that is where a Gareth Thomas


made his name, the principality stadium will be rocking come


November for the autumn internationals and then February and


March were the six Nations. Beautiful day in the capital city of


Wales. Let's find out how the angels are doing. Alfie's Angels. One of


the hundredth. I see you all coming through, you are doing fantastic.


How are you doing, it's hotter than expected? If my mum is watching it


is OK. If dad is watching, it is really tough! You look fresh, I say


to everyone you look fresh, you don't look as bad as you feel. You


don't look too bad yourself! Halfway now. Go on, don't let me stop you.


Well done. Congratulations Kevin, you did it, crossed the finish line,


did you break the world record? I am not sure, I think it's close. I


started a bit behind the time, I think it will be closed by a couple


of seconds. I just have to hope for the best. Running in this heat with


all these clothes on, how was it? It was surely difficult to be honest


but all the fans out in Cardiff were brilliant. I had support from all my


friends and colleagues from work, massive thanks. Raising money is the


most important thing but well done, congratulations you are an


inspiration. Thank you very much. Go and put your feet up and cool down.


I will. Give me a quick word, how are you? I was faster last year! How


are you feeling? I am sticking with the women, they are struggling with


the heat but we are getting there slowly. We have seen a lot of them


coming through and they seem to be doing all right. Yes, a bit


concerned because the start was so exciting for them they got carried


away and went off quicker than they should have. But they are going all


right. I am here for the last one whatever happens even if I have to


drag them across the line. You're doing a fantastic job, good to see


you. Two of the nicest men in Welsh sport


together in Cardiff Bay. Matt is joining us, hello, good afternoon to


give. The work that Gareth Thomas is doing is amazing, isn't it? It has


been truly inspirational. Hywel Alfie's Angels has stepped up from


year one, which was a great first year, getting the girls from Derry


to complete the marathon, raising the bar and getting 101st runners to


take part in it, the way we have all followed it over the last few weeks,


inspirational stories, from the mums and the girls from Pembrokeshire, as


well as the nurses, it has been really good. I was there last night


as they went on to the blues at half-time and received an incredible


welcome from the blues crowd. What it does is showcased the fact that


this is possible for anyone. And I think we were inundated with


requests for the Run four Wales programme and what happens next,


maybe we go to 1000 of Alfie's Angels and see what happens. Surely


one of the things you want to get out of an event like this and a


project like Alfie 's Angels is to almost, and this is the most


overused expression in sport at the moment, inspiring the next


generation, and we have to be careful with that, we have to be


realistic, but for those women, some of them have not won since they were


at school and it is about them changing their habits. It is a huge


commitment, and a leap of faith, in a way, taking part in something like


this. I have just been amazed at their commitment to the event. One


of the things we have been looking at, with my Welsh athletics had on,


we have put in place a social running programme across Wales and


we recognise that over 15% of the adult population of Wales is now


running on a regular basis but behind that there are so many


people, that latent demand, people who want to get going and have that


first inspirational moment that starts the process, and this is the


trigger, the catalyst for that activity. And that is very much your


sport, athletics is what you specialise in, but no doubt a lot of


these people crossing the line right now who are running will maybe be


inspired to try another sport, maybe a sport they have never done before,


because when you fit -- when you are fit, you feel you can try anything.


We recognise our responsibility as part of the help of the nation


agenda, so of course today is about running, taking part in something


for the first time, but it could be anything, walking, cycling, there


are so many things out there now, it is trying to find something that


starts the journey for these everyday people who are struggling


sometimes the time, commitment, things going on in our busy modern


lives, just finding that one thing that gets them to start the process,


something I have just loved. Alfie and what he is doing is phenomenal


and we will keep an eye on that and make sure all 100 get safely over


the line. We will talk more about the future for this event and others


in a moment but let's remind you of some of the wonderful things people


are doing right across this half marathon course today.


I'm Stephen Hammond, I will be 65, very, very, very shortly, and I am


from Llanelli in south Wales. I will be running the Cardiff Half


Marathon, I am doing it for a charity called Sandys, and I will be


running it without any trainers on, barefoot. -- a charity called Sands.


It started a few years ago, I did the London Marathon with trainers,


enjoyed it and got through it, did not break any records, and then a


couple of years later I thought I would do it again and started


training, and I forgot my trainers one-day! Rather than go back for


them, I decided, it was a nice day, the sun was shining, and I thought,


I will run barefoot. And I did, and I found it was almost therapeutic, I


enjoyed it, it was really good. And then I did some research and found


nobody had ever run a full marathon in London before barefoot, so, a bit


like Mount Everest, because it was there I thought, I will do it, and I


was the first person to run it. After that, it got a bit addictive,


and I found I just enjoy it, and it has got to the stage now where I


really couldn't run with trainers on, it would feel really


uncomfortable. Sands stands for Stillborn And Neonatal Death. It is


not one of the high-profile charities but I would like to make


people much more aware of Sands, and it is a course which is very close


to my heart. My daughter had course to use them last year, and they were


very, very good to her. And it is something which, like most men,


until you actually are involved, you hear of stillbirth and miscarriages,


as men we kind of shrug it off and think, oh, well. But when it comes


close to home and you realise how devastating it can be, particularly


for the mother but for the whole family, the extended family, then


you come to realise that it is a tragedy, and people who have


suffered this really do need help, and Sands do a fantastic job, they


help people who are at a very great emotional crisis in their life, and


I cannot speak highly enough of them. I haven't had any injuries at


all since I have been running barefoot. I think there are several


reasons for this, really. One is that when you run with trainers, you


tend to land on your heel, whereas when you are running barefoot it is


almost natural to land on the ball up your foot, and so you get much


more spring in your step, and it is not so stressful for the joints. And


don't forget we have been running for millions of years before


trainers were invented and I think we are designed to run barefoot, so


I would ask other people why they wear trainers. I will be 65 shortly.


I didn't start running at all, never even run for a bus, I don't think,


before I was, I think, 52. What I'm saying is, it is never too late. It


is surprising what you can do when you put your mind to it. I would


like to think that I will certainly be doing this again on my 70th


birthday and, who knows, 80? I am not going to go beyond that, but you


never know. I am joined now by Elmo, who have we


got here? Brian. How did it go? It went really well. Time today wasn't


really a thing for me, it was mainly about doing that for all those


children who need support out there. I have a learning disability myself,


I just feel that it matters for children out there to be inspired by


people like myself and encourage them to take up the sport. Today I


wanted to show the kids that they can do it, no matter what your


ability is. You are certainly an inspiration to us. I must ask, it


must have been boiling inside that suit? Yes, it was hot. I had to stop


at times to get water to call myself down. Brilliant conditions and


brilliant course, as always. Congratulations, Brian.


I was drinking until 1230 PM, I have just sobered up now! Just running it


off today! There are 46 of us altogether, we have raised 250,002


years, 10,000, 9000 or something makes it a quarter of a million so


hopefully we will headquarter of a million. Brilliant! Listen, don't


let me stop you there, I want you to try to sober up on this last six


miles so! Amaan .com or Minnie mouse, you are


looking ecstatic! Absolutely! I came here and have done 1.55, I cannot


wait to get that on Facebook! The support out there was unbelievable,


I have had so many shouts and cheers, it has been absolutely


fantastic. I have come from Lancashire, my husband has finished,


he is quicker than me. How did the Cardiff Half Marathon Treeview? Very


nice, a few sneaky hills I did not know about, but fantastic weather,


brilliant race. Back next year as Minnie mouse? No, I will have a new


outfit then! And to beat that 1.55? Maybe! Congratulations!


How are you feeling? I'm OK, OK. Can we have a quick chat? Tell me how


you are feeling? You are the man running barefoot? I am, I think we


will make it, we are getting there, slowly. I have had to put some


plasters on because there was a bit of glass back there but I think I


will be OK, doing all right. How many half marathons have you done?


Quite a few now, about ten altogether. All barefoot? Yes, apart


from the very first, when I had trainers on. But I enjoyed it


barefoot and people think I'm a bit mad, but in many ways it is easier


will stop well, don't let me stop you there. We have got a fabulous


day for it anyway, so lucky with the weather.


Thank you. What a warrior. I think one of the other men that Christian


interviewed yesterday was at Burton yesterday, it was Burton Albion two,


Cardiff zero, let's not go there! Mandy Moore just crossing the line,


big way for her there. When you look at these people doing incredible


things the charities across Wales, you must be very proud because you


are the man at the heart of that? I am absolutely proud, the


organisation is proud. What this event gives us is the opportunity


for charities, Barnardos is a type of charity that has had a key role


in the event over the last 15 years, but we have hundreds of local


charities, Conservative estimate is over ?2.5 million being raised today


for good causes in Wales, so that side of the event is sometimes not


the most obvious but it is a social dimension behind the scenes which


makes us all proud. The other thing, with an athletics hat on, the model


we have created is that surpluses from today's event will go to fund


grassroots athletics and it keeps schools athletics alive in Wales. We


are keeping the next generation of youngsters involved in the sport and


it is something we are immensely proud. You may have just seen in the


bottom left of your screen a man being held across the finishing line


where we are right now. It is just wonderful spirit, so many people


running side-by-side, I think I read today 51% of the people who applied


to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon, you would know this as the


chief executive of run Wales, taking part for the first time. Yes, I am


impressed with your knowledge! It is truly amazing that year-on-year, and


I think as we were saying earlier, the inspiration provided by Alfie 's


Angels and the fact that people now think this is possible, they might


be sitting at home today feeling inspired, the pictures have been


incredible of Cardiff and the race, and a lot of people will be sitting


at home thinking, in 12 months' time, I will have a go at that, it


is my chance to do something to change the way I live. What is the


hope and aspiration for the half marathon, what do you hope to


achieve? Would you dream of putting on a marathon in Cardiff? Our


aspiration is to keep growing the Cardiff Half Marathon to make the


elite side of it as strong as possible, to really strengthen that,


and to get more and more club runners involved but also just to


keep it going from a community perspective, all the good things we


have spoken about today, to keep building on it. I am more than happy


to talk about our future plans, because it is important that we


don't just rest on our laurels, what we recognise more and more is that


there is demand for longer distances, so I am happy to give you


the exclusive today that we are looking to launch in the next two


weeks a full marathon in Wales that will take place in April as almost a


precursor to the London Marathon. It recognises that Wales, at the


moment, uses the marathon as its Welsh championship, which is crazy.


There is huge demand, 250,000 people applied for the London Marathon


every year, 35,000 people get places, so the demand is there.


People all the time are asking me and the staff members, why are you


not putting on a marathon? So we are going to do that, we have got plans


in place, almost finalised, so delighted today to announce that Run


4 Wales will be putting on a full marathon in the next six months.


Fantastic, and you have done that on my television as well. Really good


to talk to you. As Matt says, it is not just about taking part, it is


not just the elite race, it is about raising money as well.


I started this year in January, nearly 21 stone. My son Jake was


born last year missing his lover left arm. I decided that I needed to


introduce damage control. I didn't want my boys being bullied because


they had a fat mum. It is bad enough now when we go out and Jake gets


stared at, comments are made. It is hurtful. I don't see why they should


be bullied because of my own problems. So I decided to start


eating healthily. I started running, well, walking at first, then


running, and ten months down the line I completed a five kilometre,


ten kilometre, and I am now attempting the Cardiff Half


Marathon, and I am almost six stone lighter. Next year I hope to do a


marathon, and I'm aiming for Ironman Wales in 2018. To me, it is not so


much my wait any more, it is feeling I have got a purpose, more than just


an mum and a wife, I have started looking after me, which was the


problem, I spent so much time looking after everyone else and not


myself, that is how I got to 21 stone. It is time to be a little bit


selfish. Had Jake not been formed the way he was, I possibly would not


have succeeded again. I hate saying that because it sounds like my other


children were not as important, but how as a parent can you teach your


Child with a disability that anything is possible if you are not


willing to show them yourself, how am I meant to teach him when he


comes home and says, someone says I cannot ride a bike or climb a


climbing wall, how am I meant to show him that, absolutely anything


is possible? I have worked so hard, and it has meant spending hours away


from the children some days, but they will get it. It is great,


because my son has come home this week and he wants to join


cross-country, he wants to sign up for gymnastics, my other child wants


to sign up for football clubs. It has had an amazing impact on the


rest of us as well. It was nice to hear from my son Henry that when he


grows up what he wants to do is run and run like me. That makes it all


worthwhile. I am running for reach UK, they are


a charity who support children and families of children who have been


affected by upper limb differences. They have given us support when


local health professionals have failed. There is always someone


there, these other families just like you in the same situation and


we get to meet up and Jake gets to be with other children like him as


well. It must be hard, he must be the only child with a limb


disability where we live, so it's nice for him to not be the odd one


out for a change. It's going to be emotional. Because for once I am


proud of my boys, but for once I did something for me. I did that. I put


in the hard work. I put in the effort. For once I was Michelle, I


was not mum or a wife, I have done that. I am proud of myself.


So many wonderful people taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon and for


many of them it's a little too much, behind the cameraman are two people


laid out, I think they are OK but they are on the grass, I think they


are sunbathing because it's a beautiful day. Joined by Tanni


Grey-Thompson, can you see them, I think they are OK. I think they are


just having a bit of a stretch because the sprint finish can take a


bit out of you. Have you enjoyed it today, it's been such a lovely day.


It's been fantastic, I think it's amazing for Cardiff and Welsh sport,


to have it as the second biggest half marathon in the country. The


elite race is great but I love watching everyone come across the


line, running for charity who have never run before and two tomorrow


might be struggling to walk a little bit and might not be feeling great


but they have come out and done it. They have made a difference. Let's


talk about the elite race, we knew it would be quick because it's so


flat and a gorgeous day, as expected for you? I think so, the men's race


was interested with Korir, never seen something like that were


someone is exacting across the road. Psychologically that's tough. I


think we all expected Jepchumba to win. It was a good women's field


today but when she takes the next step and has more depth around her I


think she will go incredibly quick. She said she would run a marathon


for two years, I think about it are learning how much to push the body.


I think for the British athletes to run in that quality of field is


fantastic. I am glad you said that, I spoke to Dewi Griffiths, personal


best for and chatting to Steve Jones, Steve thinks, believes there


is a different jury her fist since he has been working with him. He


went out hard, try to stay with the pack and when he started to lose


touch he ran his own race, didn't try to do anything silly. Then he


comes out with a really decent personal best which you cannot ask


any more from an athlete than that. I love the fact he's going to be


running with Steve, he will get a different input into his training.


As an athlete you evolve and change, you need to listen to different


people. It's maybe not the position Dewi Griffiths would have wanted but


we knew he was going to be running his personal best, that has to be


motivational going forward. And the wheelchair race. Yes, I have known


Richie Powell a long time, he's not a natural half marathon athlete but


performed really well. Somebody told me he represented Wales in coarse


fishing as well, did you know that? He represented GB at Paralympics 92,


did the Commonwealth Games, then he went and did coarse fishing and has


come back to wheelchair racing. I think you will still be here when he


is 80. Some TV and radio backslapping, well done on the


Paralympics, did you enjoy it? It was amazing. We were a bit worried a


couple of weeks out, talking about budget cuts, didn't know what that


would mean but it was great, once the competition started it was all


fine. Once Team GB started winning loads of medals that takes over


everything else. The team did amazingly to finish second on the


back of the games where if you had asked me a couple of months out I


was not sure I would have been quite so confident. I would have said top


five. For both the Olympics and politics it is a big step forward.


We are hearing glorious sunshine, it's like the Copacabana. I did not


get anywhere near the Copacabana! I saw it a bit from a distance but I


did not get to it. Lovely to see you, thank you. It's sport


personality of the year time and we are looking for your unsung hero.


The sporting people who make things happen but rarely grab the


limelight, whether they are helping out on the field are behind the


scenes they are always there voluntarily giving up their time to


help others without expecting in return. Do you know why sports


unsung hero worthy of recognition? BBC Wales is looking for Welsh


sports unsung hero. If you know someone who is 18 years or over on


the 1st of January who fits the bill and would like more details or


perhaps even nominate them for this award, visit the website, BBC .co


.uk/ sport Wales. But nominations close just before midnight on Sunday


the 23rd of October. Crossing the finishing line holding hands or you


are still friends? Just about! It's been a fantastic day, beautiful


weather. Good, pleased it's over. Did you encourage each other around?


I was carrying the jellybeans so he could not go without me. Was it a


great experience? Yeah, we have done it a few times and it was a really


nice route with great support. Stunning city, stunning support,


could not ask for more. And it keeps getting better. It seems massive


this year. Very big this year, I have enjoyed it this year more than


other years. So glad to see you're still friends. 11 years ago we did


at the first time. Don't tell people that. Come here, I don't want you


getting run over, how are you? I'm all right, just thinking about fish


and chips at the end. Is that what you have been promised? Yes, and


presenting three awards at the Bath this tonight, I will get home and


showered and look presentable. I think you look good. Don't be


ridiculous. Congratulations, finishing, why are you dressed like


a bumblebee? I am running from the bumblebee conservation trust. I


thought it was a good idea but in retrospect it's a bit hot for it


today. Lots of water. Yes, it's been really well organised. What was it


like? It was great, beautiful, flat, the sun is out, beautiful city,


could not ask for more. What was the camaraderie like? Great, it's always


good, everyone running for each other, the crowd was amazing, it


makes it easier. You can keep on buzzing now! Go and put your feet


up. Are you genuine firemen? Yes. I have to make sure. We are running


for neuroblastoma UK. A former firefighter 's daughter passed away


so we are running for them. Having a great time but really hot. It's


getting heavy, the more I swept the heavier it is getting. Don't let me


stop you, keep well hydrated. All the best. They must be boiling


because in the sunshine it's very hot here today. For an October


morning stroke afternoon anyway. They must be boiling, once again I


think it's only right we give a big shout out this afternoon to the


extra mile of volunteers who are helping hand out the water and look


after the people taking part today. Delighted to say we have Zoe and


Charlotte, Charlotte has just about turned off her phone, lots of


messages from people saying well done, that was on live TV, we will


play that back free later. Good afternoon, these are two of Alfie's


Angels and you have finished in what time? I think I was 2.2 one. That is


very good, is it what you are hoping for? For a first time I am proud of


myself what I have achieved before I started this I had never done


anything at all, my fitness level zero. For me this is absolutely 100%


amazing. Charlotte you? I think I was just after the Zoe. So tired.


The last mile was so tough but I am so lucky my family were all dotted


around, I could see them and kept going. Flags waving. Everyone has


been amazing. One of the stories of the day, very well done, God bless.


That's it from us, thank you for watching, well done to all the


runners taking part today. You have major country very proud, from all


of us here, goodbye for now. Euro 2016,


what a time for Welsh football.


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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