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World Half Marathon Championships

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Before this afternoon and against the world's best distance runners.


The daffodils may be in bloom but the sun certainly is not in Cardiff


and through the rest of the UK, I think, this weekend. It is blustery,


windy, and just about starting to rain, lots of Cagle is being worn


back there. The first race will be the elite women's half marathon. Mo


Farah goes in the men's race, the masses at 2:10pm. Looking forward to


that. But the women's race is where we will see one or two of the new


Kenyan names, we expect them to dominate, they took the last five --


the first five places the last time this was contested. All teams have a


maximum of five members taking part, Australia with quite a strong team.


As ever, the strength of Ethiopia and Kenya will dictate. You wonder


how well Great Britain can do, led by Alyson Dixon, who will run in the


London Marathon, hoping to secure her place in Rio. You can see all of


the rest of the teams taking part. Big turnout in the world


Championships in Cardiff, only once has there been more athletes taking


part than on this occasion. Held every two years now, it used to be


every year but now just every two years. I'm not sure many of them


would have been thinking of coming to Cardiff at the end of March and


being faced with the weather we have today! Joining me in the commentary


box, Paula Radcliffe. You know Cardiff very well, we are looking


forward to what we hope will be a great afternoon's racing.


Absolutely, I was there yesterday running through this area, through


the start area, a beautiful sunny day and the athletes would have


loved to have seen that they switched with today! But it is the


same conditions for all of the athletes, and, if anything,


conditions that the British and European athletes are accustomed to


coping with, and just about doing your best on the day. Well, the


weather will not dampen the enthusiasm of the city and those who


will come out and watch on the streets, expecting tens of thousands


of people to watch. Around 16,000 will take part in the mass race with


Mo Farah later but we will concentrate on the women, one of the


favourites, were Sarah. -- Mary Wacera. Japan have a strong team,


and Cynthia Limo, who has been running very quickly recently, the


personal-best set early in the year, 66.0 four. Five of the world's top


women in 2016 are in this race, so very much looking forward to what


can happen. Alyson Dixon looking chilly, but she should not be, she


is from Sunderland! She has been in good form, ran well in Berlin, got


an Olympic qualifying there, not yet selected. Charlotte Purdue is in the


race, two or three others. We will go through the British team shortly


when we get under way and talk a bit about not only the British athletes


but others who will be hoping this race can help them get towards


selection for Rio. The they go, then. The elite women under way, the


world half of the in Cardiff, tough conditions, a tough race, a flat and


fast course, had it not been as blustery today we could have seen


some quick times, but it will be interesting to see what tactics are


employed by the best runners. I think we would have seen them


heading out fast and hard from the beginning, but you may have to hold


back a little bit, just be careful when they head around Cardiff Bay,


expecting it to be blustery out there, perhaps they will get the


full face of the wind. Just after half way they will turn back and


head towards this area, right in front of Cardiff Castle, if you know


Cardiff well, a beautiful backdrop. The city, as I said, delighted to be


hosting this event, and it is a good habit, we have had so many events,


in the next year or two the world Championships in London, the world


indoors coming to Birmingham, perhaps the European indoors to


Birmingham, so Cardiff playing its part in bringing big


Birmingham, so Cardiff playing its to the UK. It is great to see.


Seeing athletes compete in our country on home soil and all of the


benefits it brought, including the home support and the excellent


organisation, and when you watch events like this it makes you proud


to be British when you see how well the event is put on, how well the


athletes are welcomed. Despite the weather, they are happy to be racing


in Cardiff and there was lots of support along the streets. You will


race in the world Championships whatever the weather, but it begs a


difference to the crowds that will come out and support, but hopefully


the people of Cardiff will turn out en masse and get behind the runners.


The mass runners are going later on as well, 16,000 plus running there,


so lots of family and friends will be supporting them out on the street


as well. And supporting Mo Farah, of course. He will probably be well


as well. And supporting Mo Farah, of into his warm up now, maybe longer


warm up than he might have been expecting!


warm up than he might have been was saying, with the leading men off


at 2:10pm. For now, we will concentrate on this, we can look at


where they are going to head to, away from the castle, down through


Grangetown into Penarth, down by the marina about three miles, then


around Cardiff Bay, past the millennium Centre, this is where the


imported part of the race is, back with the wind on their backs,


heading up toward Roath Park Lake with three miles to go at the break


will be attempted, then they will finish back at the Civic Centre, not


far from City Hall. As I said, flat, fast, one or two twisty, turning


parts, but no reason why people, if they judge this right, just don't


overcook it into the difficult conditions in the early stages,


people can still end up with a pretty swift time. Let's talk about


the British contingent. I can see Alyson Dixon very close in the lead


group there, her only race in 2016 was up in the north, where my family


come from, but she is in good form and looking towards London. She is


joined by Rachel Felton and Tina Moore coming Jenny Steel having


pulled out earlier in the week, and Jenny Spink. There has been some


controversy around the selections, Alyson Dixon picked on form but also


on preparation, trying to help her get ready for the London Marathon.


Susan Partridge maybe not quite afforded


Susan Partridge maybe not quite probably should have


Susan Partridge maybe not quite Steel pulled out in the week that


Susan was not given the chance to step in and raised here,


Susan was not given the chance to on that for later in the year when


they get ready for the 10,000 metres on the track over the London


Marathon, to try to get the qualifying spots for Rio. Alyson


Dixon, Sonia Samuels ran very well particularly in Berlin in September,


and actually not long before Alyson particularly in Berlin in September,


Dixon ran the Great North Run, fairly swift a few weeks before she


went to Berlin, said this will give her an indication of where she is


at. I think she will go at this pretty hard, you would not come and


run this race and decide to take it easy! It will be interesting to see


how she goes. I can see and Eloise Wellings of Australia in the middle


of the group there, with the blonde hair tied back. Outside of the


Ethiopian and Kenya contingents, difficult to see anybody else


getting in there, particularly be Kenyon is, I'm not even sure the


Ethiopian team here is a strong as we have seen in recent years.


Absolutely, the strength in depth comes from the canyons, evidenced by


the fact that on the 2016 so -- list so far they fell eight of the first


ten places, including Limo, who is racing here today, backed up by Mary


Wacera, Gladys Cherono. They have fielded a very, very strong team.


They are challenging now, from the middle of the pack. Three to count


for your team, and it is the cumulative time that determines


where the medals go. The Japanese team well to the fore. The women


have always done very well but the men are tipped to do well in these


championships, maybe more so than the women. Already, gaps starting to


appear, suggesting the early pace is not too slow at all. To be fair, a


big group there, it will be five K before we get a split which will let


us know what pace they are running. This is a world Championships, so


even though it is in the UK and we usually talk about Miles, etc, there


are mile markers out there, we will watch out for them, but for the


purposes of an international road running event, it is the calamitous


split which will be the ones that we will see on screen. Out on the


course there probably will be mile markers to give the athletes the


feedback, but predominantly it will be the 5k splits that we are looking


out for. You can see how flat the cause is, and it is the same that


the wind is as strong as it is because the organisers put a lot of


work into making sure this is a fast course as well as a good course that


will show off Cardiff and the highlight of Cardiff as you move


around it. Talking to some of the runners in and around the expert


yesterday, they were saying that training around Cardiff Bay it is


generally quite hard to find somewhere flat but they managed to


do that predominantly throughout this race. There is an incline at


around 12 miles but otherwise a pretty flat course. And that will


impact on the men's race, the tactics in particular will come into


play. They know, if Mo Farah leads it towards the latter stages, he


will be dangerous. This morning I described his task in this race, it


is like going to their backyard, the specialists at half marathons, going


to their backyard, but in his backyard, if you know what I mean


ayes he is on home soil, but it is not his strongest event. You think


that the Kenyan women will think, we can run away from everybody. I think


that is absolutely the mindset that the Kenyan runners will have here.


We might see BEP appear girls being able to go with them. I was chatting


to a former world record-holder over the marathon distance for women, who


is now team manager for the Kenyan team here, and her pics were between


Mary Wacera and Cynthia Limo, she said they are the two front runners


in her team and she expects them to comfortably run away from the field,


and the only affect the weather would have is on how fast they are


able to run. But looking ahead to what Mo has to do, it is other


athletes, the likes of Karoki, who know what they have to do, which is


to break him early in the race. They cannot get within a sniff of the


last mile and still allowing him to be within shooting distance because


they know, time and time again, they are not able to run away from him in


the closing stages. Still the early stages here, there is Alyson Dixon.


Her dad, Dave, was a very good distance runner in his day for


Sunderland. She is very much a fixture in the local running scene


in the north-east, a very popular athlete, worked hard to get to the


position she is in, with a chance of going to the Olympic Games they


stay, but she knows she has to go to London, like everybody else, and


produce a performance there, so looking for a confidence boosting


run here. We have not seen much of the other British contingent close


to the leading group, but she has gone out here with intent. She tends


to run like that even in her marathons as well, she is not


frightened to go out and trust herself, back herself. Does not


always work out, but Absolutely not. You see that in her


training. She will push on the long runs to get the pace. Sometimes it


results in her getting overtired coming into events. But she looked


at this event as an important stepping stone towards London it is


not the primary target but a target she backed from this week and wants


to use it as a hard tempo run, as a good indication before the marathons


to come to get an idea of what she can do in London. How to judge it,


how to pace it. I know she will use it as a practice. To see what she


needs to take on. Practicing drinking the fluids, opening the


gels, and eating the gels too, while moving along at race pace. That is


hard to replicate in training. It is good practice for that today.


We can see some of the names of the main contending teams. But Japan are


also well-rep resented in that leading team there.


Dessie, and many are experienced to do well here. But not so much of a


form line. The Ethiopians have held a marathon a month or two back as a


main selection for the race. The Kenyans are interesting. There was a


bunch of more famous names that could have perhaps been in the team.


But even without the big names, these are fast women running here.


In the middle there is Kipkoeche. And other improving athletes.


After a race that was won in Prague on the roads, they were talking


about making the 10,000 track team in Rio.


Some of them have not run a track race yet. There is a real mix in the


half marathon with the Mo Farahs of the world and Geoffrey Kamworor, the


World Cross Country championship. the world and Geoffrey Kamworor, the


makes it a really intriguing the world and Geoffrey Kamworor, the


There are a lot of athletes that can run and be outstanding and be top of


the world-class over the half marathon distance but Dons


transplant late it to the fulmar thon.


Some feel more comfortable over the half marathon distance. Then


dropping to do to 10,000m on the track is not so different. It is a


different surface but working more along the same lines. If you look at


Mo Farah, his potential over the marathon, probably isn't, going out


on a limb here but no, sir at close as it would be over the half


marathon. In the half marathon he is still very, very strong and tough to


beat. But there are weaknesses there to go up to the marathon. That is


ex-pented when he is world-class at 1500m.


ex-pented when he is world-class at If you are looking forward to seeing


Mo, you are now watching the women's race. If you watched the special


programme before this, if you want to get in touch and give us your


thoughts, do it via to get in touch and give us your


approaching the 5-K point. to get in touch and give us your


that the group is so big, it is not that fast. It looks decent enough.


One or two are starting to drop off. They do hit the 5K and then we can


see a more accurate judge of what is happening.


Just by the way that the field is gradually whittling down, nobody has


made a conscious surge but people are starting to drift off the back.


made a conscious surge but people Incidentally, the runner about to go


under the bridge in the white hat, the, Helen Taylor of the US, they


have selected their team from the marathon championships five or six


weeks ago. So a short turn around for them. I was chatting with Sarah


Hall at the press conference, to say how easy it was to turn around. She


was saying it was easier for her as she did not finish but they were


happy to see the conditions out on the course today,


happy to see the conditions out on race they were hot. They are happier


running the longer distances in conditions like this.


running the longer distances in Yes, Los Angeles was a tough trial.


running the longer distances in The Americans, you go to the trials,


that is it. Even in the marathon it is the top three. That is it. So,


the 5K, Paula says that they are running about 520 a pace.


It is not super fast but decent enough.


The group here have picked up the pace in the last half a mile. From


The group here have picked up the group of 235 athletes, it has now


whittled down to about 12. It does look as though there is a


slight incline there. It isn't significantly big but it is


obviously significant in the way that they are running up it. It is


big enough to cause a bit of shuffling in the second pack.


Allowing this group to move away. They are 16.31 through the 5K


marker. The Kenyans very much pushing in. The Ethiopians


sheltering on hind. There will be more of that sheltering going on as


we get into the windy sections. There on the


we get into the windy sections. drinks tables set out with the flags


by the countries, so that they know where table to go to in alphabet


call order running down. Not so many taking advantage of that. On the


tables, they are mostly bottles of water laid out. Not necessarily to


take on a lot of fuel over the half marathon distance. Most of


take on a lot of fuel over the half drinks bottles are for athletes who


have an eye on the marathon coming up and want to practice the


drinking. And in that lead group there, you


can see the leading Japanese athlete, Ando. She That is a


benchmark as we go through a few glitches here. There is water


getting into the works! Sorry, we are not able to bring the standings


at this point. But that big group, all of the Kenyan team, the


Ethiopian team, three or four members of the Japanese team and


Eloise Wellings. That is who she is having her eye


on, some of the Kenyans and some of the Japanese team. So welliness of


Australia is very much in there. And Tajeda is in that lead group as


well. A very good athlete, Elloise


Wellings. In good form in the championships in Beijing. Made it


through to the final. She has the range. The track speed helps when


you come into the half marathon. It can be a factor. You bring in good 5


and 10K P Bs. That is something that Sarah Hall was mentioning.


-- as Paula said, Sarah had dropped out. But now she has a chance to


target events like this. Yes, and Sarah is an athlete who has


recently made the step up into trying to achieve at the marathon.


The half marathon is a distance she is ranked higher at and more


comfortable racing over, moving from the 5,000 to 10,000m on the track.


She has adopted four young Ethiopian girls in the last year or so with


her husband. That has changed her preparation a little. They have been


based more in one place. I don't think that the family have come over


but if they are watching this, I wonder what team they are cheering


for? Well, talking of team, you saw the British team in currently 10th


place through the 5K. There is the Penarth area, the Pent art Marina


and the landscape of Cardiff that is very much changed over the years.


I'm not sure how much of the sights the athletes take in, as ever. At


the tend to see the tarmac in front of them, all that they see are


yellow or white lines. But some will have been out over the last few days


looking at the course, trying to familiarise themselves over certain


sections. If they know it is a flat course, or if there are hills they


may look at that. But you may want to look at the last the latter part


of the race. You might take the opportunity to


jog around or walk around the course beforehand. With the half marathon,


the athletes were offered a bus tour. But it was sitting cramped in


the bus the day before the race for over two hours. That was one that


they decided was better not to do that. They would take the


opportunity since it is not on this course, too far from the hotel to


make sure that they are familiar with the start portion and with the


finish portion as you say of the course. A lot of them would have


been going into nearby Bute Park to do the training runs to shake out


before the race. They will have had the opportunity to explore the area,


to ensure that they are familiar with twists and turns as they come


into that. You may have seen the four mile mark


being passed. About 21 minutes. Maintaining the


same sort of pace. If anything a tad slower. There was a water station


there. It is good to see the people out


supporting them. The rain has not come out yet. It was forecast for


right around 2.00pm. That is when the men's race is getting going. But


some protection from the houses. When they come out into the bay,


that is when they will face the worst of the windy conditions. But


goodness me the water looks still there.


Yes, I was looking at the trees by the side of the road as they were


running along that section. That section looks sheltered. The wind


does not look so bad. At the start of the race, the forecast was for


the conditions to be forecasting wind.


I think that the portion of this race where they will feel it the


most is as they run across the Barrage to Cardiff Bay.


They will try to save as much energy for that as possible, getting the


head down and run into the conditions.


And of course, the Barrage helps with the safe havens from the boats.


If you lived there, that is where you would have your boat? I think


Colin lives there. Yes, he does, our colleague, Colin


Jackson. He has been part of the programme getting people involved in


the event. The popularity of running right


around the world and running events. It does not seem to be abating at


all. I'm sure if many of you are out on a


park run this morning, despite the weather you are enjoying it. It was


a good day yesterday. Pity it could not have been carried through. But


for a lot of athletes, your experience is one that says, look,


whatever the conditions, you must come prepared. Even for the Kenyans


and the Ethiopians, although we go on saying that this could be


difficult, Mo is hoping that is the case. But these gays ray around the


world in all sorts of conditions. One of two even racing on New Year


on the roads. It was colder than. This They are not totally unfamiliar


to running in conditions that are not ideal.


to running in conditions that are When you are a


to running in conditions that are race strong and well in any


condition. It is more mental a factor.


The likes of Geoffrey Kamworor and Karoki are too strong to allow that


to factor for them. The change of conditions will not make a


difference. Where we have seen it make a difference in terms of


closing the gap between the European athletes and the Kenyan and the


Ethiopians is in World Cross Country, where it has been muddy and


snowy and in the junior teams where the inexperience shows in those


conditions. But the athletes in the senior races will be accustomed to


travelling in all types of conditions.


travelling in all types of Apologises for the technology and


the timing. We have seen Alyson Dixon. Not so far behind the leader.


Next was Charlotte Pardew, and then 30 seconds behind her was Spink and


Rachel Felton. Rachel Felton. So we will try to bring you updates but we


are having a few problems with receiving the times and the


positions of the athletes further down the field. We will do our best.


apologies for that, we are control of that element of the


broadcast here, so the pictures of the front of the race, we can see


what is happening further down, we tend to rely on getting the


information, all of the athletes where chips, the Peruvian athlete


now finding herself about 50 metres back from the group, so, yes, we


normally get the split times, but we will do our best to bring them


through to you as and when we will do our best to bring them


them. That was the five mile marker that they just run through, so that


last mile has picked up. She went through in 36.25, they will


last mile has picked up. She went increase as they go through the


sheltered area across the barrage. You can see that by how much the


field is starting to string out, the gap growing behind. Down now to just


field is starting to string out, the Kenyan and Ethiopians at the front,


the Japanese girls have been the victim of the increase


the Japanese girls have been the and are just dropping back down the


road behind as this comes down to 18 battle now between Kenny and


Ethiopia for the victory in the team race. -- down to 18 battle between


Kenny and Ethiopia. Mary Wacera looks comfortable. She is wearing a


different name on her vest. The Ethiopians looked like they are


starting to work hard. When there are only three Ethiopians left, as


they are at the moment, it becomes a bit more difficult for them to try


to control things, although Yalew is making a move on the outside.


Let's have a look now back at the start. About ten minutes before the


start of the mass race and the elite men's race, and, for us, as we look


down on Cardiff Castle, we know it is going to be a big, big day for a


familiar face, Mo Farah. Gold again! Simply sensational! How


are you feeling ahead of the world half of the? I'm excited to be back


in Cardiff, hopefully tomorrow will be a great race, it will be a tough


race but at the same time it will be exciting because you have got all


the guys who will be competing in Rio here, working as a team, so it's


important to dig in deep. At some point in the race it is going to get


tough, it will get hard, but if I can have that crowd and the home


support it will hopefully make a difference. Last week was the world


indoor athletics Championships. Why was it important for you to choose


this over being there, where you could have won another world title?


For me, home is home, the UK is home for me, it is where I grew up, where


I spent my childhood, it is my first home, and if I had a choice anywhere


else I would choose here to compete, which is why I am competing here. I


enjoyed supporting the GB team last weekend, it was important to cheer


for my team-mates. Looking forward to afford real, what are your plans


in between now and then? I'm quite excited about Rio, it would be nice


to do the double again but I will take it one step at a time, do this


race, compete, take a break and then 1st of June I will compete on the


track and then come back in Birmingham, 5th of June, complete


their, and then I think London. The focus is on the euro, working


upwards, ticking a few boxes to where you are. It is important that


you have done a good block of training and you race and Europe


testing yourself. -- and you are testing yourself. Geoffrey Kamworor


is a great athlete, he and Karoki will be up there with me. It was a


close race in Beijing, but he will push and push all the way. But it is


what I need, right? His best distance, he won the world cross


country, so what tactical battle do you expect in Cardiff? It will be


difficult, he is the favourite, he and Karoki are the favourites, which


is nice, sometimes, when you go in a race as favourite you feel you have


to win, but today is a little bit of pressure off so in a way I can just


go out there and see what I can come away with. But at the same time, in


my heart, of course I want to win, I would not be turning up if I didn't


want to win. Talking to David McDaid, and there


he is, right in the middle, staying warm. Mone leading the British team,


hoping today is his day. He knows it will be tough, though, and more of


that coming in a few minutes, he is about six or seven minutes away from


the start of his race. Meanwhile, the crowds out in force here at a


round 10k, an important part of the race because things have picked up,


and the Ethiopians have been trying to set the pace, mix things up a


little bit. Yalew in particular, just pushing things on. They have


dropped a couple of their own team-mates but putting a little bit


of pressure on the Kenyan quintet who are still all that, all five


Kenyan is still very much to the fore. They, I'm sure, will keep


picking up the pace and the group will get whittled down one by one.


As we have a great view looking down now, get ready for the start of the


mens rea is. -- the men's race. Mo Farah leading the British team, we


will go through the rest of the teams for you shortly. In terms of


team competitions, we are expecting Japan to do pretty well, but with no


rider there, when you get a fast time with one of your runners, you


never know. It will be difficult to get in amongst it, I would imagine,


in terms of medals, but top five, top six placing for the British team


would be a good result. The United States not as well represented as


they could be here. Let's have a look at some of the


main contenders, just to the left there I would say, perhaps the


prerace favourite here, Adola. Geoffrey Kamworor, the world cross


country champion, a huge talent on the roads. He knows how to win this


title as well. 58.54 his personal best. The nominal athlete, he will


test Mo Farah completely and utterly today. If you compare personal


bests, half marathon times have to be on certified wits, that is Mo's


official, though he has run faster in the Great North Run, that was his


official best -- certified routes. They done correctly, you heard Mo


Farah talking about him, it those guys two of the best Kenyan is


around, the best around on the roads. I don't think Eritrea will be


able to defend their title here at all. Then the rest of the British


contingent in a second. Let's get the race under way. Big crowds at


the start line, they don't have far to go until the finish but the


athletes have got 13.1 miles to go. Oh, a fall at the start,


Geoffrey Kamworor, one of the prerace favourites who fell right at


the start there, and that... I hope he is OK, horrible way for him to


start the defence of his title, and he is a long way back, because of


course what happens then is people are running over the top of you, you


cannot get on your feet, cannot get up, and he will have to try to find


his way through an awful lot of athletes, so right at the start of


his way through an awful lot of this world half than Mo Farah's


chances perhaps improved because the energy can Worra is going to have to


expend just to get back to the front -- Kamworor is going to have to


expend as to get back to the front will be detrimental to his chances


here. That is Karoki there, again with a different name on his best,


Muchiri. But that was terrible, Paula. Let's have a look. This is


not what you want to see at the start of the race, he slipped,


athletes falling on top of him, on his back, you can see some of the


guys around are trying to help him get up, begins and supper began,


that it took a long, long time there before he was up and running, and


you have to worry, the speed he went down, the 40 went down with, has he


done himself any injury damage their? -- the force with which he


went down. It will make it harder for him to make up the ground back


to the lead group. Ayele has realised that Kamworor is not there,


so he is trying to take advantage of it. It is a shame for the race as


well, around the world people were looking forward to Kamworor against


his team-mate, Karoki. But also against Mo Farah, the three of them


rejoining the battle we saw on the track last year, here on the roads


in Cardiff. Here we have Ayele stretching the lead group already,


which is not what we saw in the women's race, so that will not help


him either. And, well, Mo Farah looking around, it may well be


dawning on him what has happened, he certainly knows Jeffrey pretty well,


he will know he is not in that group, he will wonder why, perhaps


but to win two together. I saw Mo looking around about 30, 40 metres


after the start, he was aware something had happened and he may


well get a message from the British contingent out there. But, for the


time being... There he is, Kamworor. If he has got back to the start...


There he is, it was definitely him who fell, and he... He lost his hat!


Of course he lost his hat! It is incredible he


Of course he lost his hat! It is quickly, but I suppose that is what


you have to quickly, but I suppose that is what


do not have as long, of course, but you have to get back as quickly as


you can within reason, but expending as little energy as you can getting


back. Definitely him who falls. His first stride down, he just flipped.


I think somebody caught him. Caught him from behind there. Mo looking


around there. Even if you are him from behind there. Mo looking


you aware health who has gone down, the first ten, 20 metres, you are


looking the first ten, 20 metres, you are


who should be, and he will have quickly realised can Worra was not


there, but to win two together and realised he had


there, but to win two together and was not there. A little bit of a


boost for mode to realise that it was Kamworor that has fallen, but a


bit of a blow when Kamworor gets back to the pack that quickly and


settled down again in front of Mo, because he will see that that, yes,


it might have been him who has fallen but it does not seem to have


affected his race that much. The key when you fall like that is to make


it up as gradually and smoothly as possible so that you get back into


contact of quickly as you can but you don't expend too much energy


because you do, undoubtedly, when you fall like that, experienced a


surge in adrenaline that can make you do rash things and run to quip,


which don't want to do in the first mile of a half


marathon, you want to expend your energy gradually and keep a lid on


the levels of lactic acid in your body there and just be able to


gradually pull back. What he benefited from, Kamworor, what his


team-mates consciously trying to slow down the pace, so as much as


Ayele was, unusually for an Ethiopian, trying to lead


Ayele was, unusually for an in the opening stages and get it


moving along, the other athletes behind very much ran almost in


formation across the road, trying to keep the pack and the pace steady


until Kamworor was able to work What a start. We couldn't have


envisaged that. Whatever happens, it will be referred to the results. If


Geoffrey Kamworor were to come away with a win, it would be a phenomenal


performance from the Kenyan. So Mo Farah has settled down. After a


little crazy, in all respects, first kilometre.


The conditions are certainly deteriorating a little bit. But not


too bad. Given everything we were told. I think what Cardiff was


bracing itself for, so far, it is windy it is breezy and raining but


it's not quite apocalyptic. So, Ayele moving to the side. His time


in front may be up. This will be addressed. I know that Mo thought


that Whitehalled who happen was that Kiptoo could be asked to take it out


for Geoffrey Kamworor and Karaoke. It looks as though Kiptoo, well, he


is tracking Ayele stride for side but maybe Kiptoo may be the one to


head up front. Mo thought that they may sacrifice someone. But look how


it has gathered. It only works if the others go with


him. But not much point to push the pace


and keeping moving at a decent pace, if you are not going to go with


that. That is what we are seeing. The other runners are reluctant to


go with the quicker pace in the early stages. I was finding that


funny, the Ethiopian athlete trying to get away from the lead. It


funny, the Ethiopian athlete trying the Kenyan athlete, usually the


roles reverse, and the Ethiopians sit on the shoulders. And to the


women's race, Gudeta in front there. It has been the Ethiopians pushing


the pace and trying to hurt the Kenyans a little bit.


They have picked up a little bit. It is still a pace


They have picked up a little bit. It feeling is comfortable for most of


them here. The second 5K is quicker than the first. The pace looks like


it is being kept on. Gudeta maybe wanting to keep it on.


But Mary Wacera is there. Ngugi is there. And Cynthia Limo is


It is the next three or four miles. This is when the fatigue starts to


begin to creep in. You can't run even at this pace, although it is


well within the compass of most of the athletes but this is when you


will know if it is your day or no. the athletes but this is when you


If you are struggling, if this is comfortable, those thoughts will be


going through the head of these athletes now.


Back to the men's race. We can see somebody has decided that Kiptoo


will not be the only one and Bedan Karoki Muchiri has taken on the job


of working with Kiptoo. Straight away, Mo reacted to that. He


of working with Kiptoo. Straight almost running on his own. It is not


exactly no man's land. But he has recognised the danger here and moved


to could've it. -- cover it. This is swift.


This is quick. It is a world half marathon championship, with a great


field but look at these two. Mo Farah is slotting back into the


group, as you say, Paula but it is difficult for Mo. I don't think he


is expected to win the race. If it was flat out, if he were to beat


those two at the half marathon, they may as well all go home. Mo is


keeping his on on Geoffrey Kamworor. The question is, how much did the


fall and having to catch up, how much has that affected Geoffrey


Kamworor's ability to go quicker? That is the question.


The form guides coming from Kenya recently were that Karoki would be


the favourite coming into the event. He has been racing a bit, that is


the only down side to that. He raced recently. And did a double at 6,000


feet of altitude, running a 1500m in 342 and a 5,000m in 1348. So he is


in very good shape and recognises he is in that form right now. His best


bet to be able to walk away with this is to make it hard from the


start and take the race to Mo Farah. Now you can see the effect that


effort and surge is putting in and is having on the field.


So, Kenya well to the fore. is having on the field.


If you are watching our programme, Can Seb co- Save Athletics? That was


the programme on beforehand, I know we are happy to hear your comments.


A comment has been passed on: Ten year bans. Paying back all earnings,


prison time for drug-slying coaches. And make cheating properly


punishable. Those are the messages And make cheating properly


coming. Some of the penalties within athletics must sit in the overall


picture of WADA and the drug-testing regime but life bans and longer


bans, they need tougher penalties available and as you have said,


Paula, this is where a lot of athletes earn a lot of money on the


roads. They are not the household names, not the


track stars don't earn a lot of money. The big money in our sport is


in road running. Half marathons. 10Ks around the world. Many are


earning a lot of money. Those that are caught should be paying some of


that money back. Absolutely. I think that they should


be paying all of it back. That is a point we were trying to reach out to


race directors. To say, we cannot maybe legally get a lifetime ban in


the sport but we can make them pay back the prize money. I believe it


is an honour and a privilege back the prize money. I believe it


part in the sport it is not a basic right. You should not be allowed


back to the party until you have full paid back the money owed to


other athletes. And another tweet. This one has come


in from Marco. He says he is fighting a losing battle. He is


referring to Seb. He says that the sport is in denial.


I don't think it is. I think that Seb has been very well aware of the


issues. It is a very wide-ranging point to


make that the sport is in denial. I think that huge parts of our sport


really want to make big changes. Seb is well aware. The question is


towards the end of that programme, is that we make the point that the


sport has many different facets and not everyone agrees with the way


forward. He is coming up at some point transcendence within the


sport. There are opinions about how to go forward. He somehow has to


pull it under one umbrella and move quickly.


I agree. I don't think that the sport is in denial. The fact we are


facing up to the problems, and as many people are being caught and


action is taken, as in Russia and other countries in the future. If it


is faced up to. If you are fighting a losing battle, as so many of us in


athletics are, it is never a losing battle. A losing battle is


athletics are, it is never a losing back and not making the situation


better. That is not the case in athletics now.


And those are the men there. In the women the pace was very much picked


up. 48. 14 through 15 kilometres.


The news on the Brits through... At the previous checkpoint, Alyson


Dixon, the first of the British contingent going through 10K in 33.


36. In terms of contingent going through 10K in 33.


competition, Japan are doing well. They have had their three cop


runners inside of the top 14. So up-to-date with that quickly.


runners inside of the top 14. So America are not so far behind them.


That maybe interesting for the battle for the Bronze Medal


position. It is up and down with the men's race. They are approaching a


water station. A little bit of a rise here.


water station. A little bit of a Look at car OK yes. They are not


hanging around here. This is hard and brutal. And look at the rain. --


Karoki. A very good pace set at the men's


race, 14: 10. If Geoffrey Kamworor can run 59 minutes after falling


down at the start. He is a very, very good athlete. And the rest of


the British contingent in the men's race, there are the likes of Ryan


McLeod and Callum Hawkins with their eye on Olympic selection.


And the local buy, Dewi Griffiths. Running strongly, representing the


Welsh tonne ngency. I'm sure he will be getting a lot of support as he


races today. And the women's group. Kenya and


Ethiopia well to the fore. Alyson Dixon dropping back a little. She


did go off hard. 2. 5 minutes behind the lairds.


Ali will have thoughts very much on London. As we start to see this


group whittle down one by one. We said it would happen as the pace has


been picking up all of the time. Five athletes, the three best of the


Kenyans for my money are there. Two of the best of the Ethiopians.


It will not be a clean sweep. They had the sweep in Copenhagen but


certainly, they will want to be. I think it will be fast. I caught a


glimpse of the 10-mile marker about 51. 5 minute mark. That is a good


pace. I would say that is a sub-68


minutes. Maybe pushing down towards a 66-minute territory. That is


moving fast. You can see it by the damage that is


done further down the field, looking down the road.


Behind them I can't see athletes within sight of the leaders in the


race. Certainly they look comfortable. Look at how comfortable


Mary Wacera is looking with Ngugi too. A definite favourite today.


And the men at four miles. The pace maintained there. Look how


hard Mo Farah is working. The hat is off. He is struggling to stay with


the quick pace. Look at how many men are going with it. If Mo


concentrates, he will pick some off. If he ends up in not the top five or


six, he would be pretty disappointed. I'm not sure even Mo,


he said before, he goes into a race wanting to win. Then working out a


good result here. In a hard-run race, he knows that Geoffrey


Kamworor is good, that Karoki is good. But there are other athletes


he expects to beat. Yes. But it is early stages yet. Mo


is good at judging his pace. Not being afraid to back off if he can


close stronger. What he is doing is expending as little energy as


possible while maintaining contact with the lead group. To sit back a


little bit. Having spent time in. Kenya, there is a training session


where we have seen Karoki go to the front to push the pace hard,


stringing out the field and then dropping back the field. Is that him


going to the front once more again? That is a very, very hard way to


run, a euroing of the pace. When we spoke about Geoffrey


Kamworor falling, he would not want to do a euroing pace, it saps the


legs a little more. It to do a euroing pace, it saps the


sting out of the finishing speed. So Mo is doing a better job


sting out of the finishing speed. So his pace gradual. He will be trying


not to panic about the fact that there are so many guys up ahead of


him on the road. What helps is as they drop off that


group, one by one, they will inevitably do, some are running too


quick. Then, having people to pick off helps.


The women's race looks to have slowed here.


It is backing off the hard pace. That five kilometre section they


went through, that is low 66 running, no wonder they


went through, that is low 66 little bit, so back to the


Ethiopians with Yalew, we have got Mary Wacera on the left there.


Cynthia Limo, the young talent in the middle watching the Ethiopians,


letting them do the work to set the pace and waiting for the moment, it


has got to happen fairly soon, someone will have to break this up.


I think they will all have come into this with their race plans, you saw


Mary Wacera there, a glance over her shoulder, maybe checking how far


back she was, but more likely just checking the distance back to the


next athlete, because they will want to pick up the next point, they will


not want the athletes behind to be able to get back in touch with the


leading group. They are being slowed down by the lead vehicle, that is


not what you want to see. The down by the lead vehicle, that is


outriders and lead vehicle may be getting caught up with the crowds,


the athlete almost went into the back of them there. The road now


clear ahead of them, and clear in the men's race, Mo Farah at the


back. He looks pretty relaxed, in his face, which is good.


As you said, Paula, he has huge experience in terms of getting his


pace right, you will know what he is capable of from his training,


undergoing, as ever, preparing in Oregon. He was outlining in the


interview, if you were with us earlier, that he knows his track


plans, he will be in Birmingham at the Diamond league, and then of


course he will be back in London for the Diamond league in his last big


race before he heads off to reopen as well, so the preparation already


there, the plan is already there, and this part of his Rio plan to get


himself in the right shape. The pathos collapse -- the pace has


perhaps slowed a little at the front again. They are saying, come on, we


have got to keep this going, but it is what Mo was expecting. You can


see Karoki taking a look around, seeing how many of the runners are


there, how many have been damaged by the surge. It is speed play,


injection of pace running faster, then backing off slightly before


surging again. A yo-yoing of the pace which does damage but is also


an effective training tool, one that they use in the dirt roads to very,


very good effect. The rest of the British men through 5k, three more


to the fore, Griffiths 27th, McLeod 37th, Hinds 45th. Again, we will


update you as and when we get them. 37th, Hinds 45th. Again, we will


In the women's race, through 15 37th, Hinds 45th. Again, we will


we saw Aly Dixon, behind her Charlotte Purdue was 40th.


Approaching the hour mark, approaching the part of the race


where, if you want to win it, do you wait and see if you can outkicked


the others? Mary Wacera might be the favourite but more often than not we


go back to the old adage that a good Ethiopian always outkicked a good


Kenyan. I'm not sure that is always the case. And acknowledgement of


their of the click of the heels from Peres, very kindly pawning them --


their of the click of the heels from pointing out that there was a car


parked! They go alongside Roath Park lake. The rain seems to have abated


somewhat, thank goodness. When they get to the top of the road they will


turn and head back, there could be a breeze in their face over the last


few kilometres, the last two miles. They turned just before the 11 mile


point, actually they must have turned already judging by the clock.


I'm trying to work out, I can still see the water on the left-hand side


so I think they have to turn around and will be coming back down. Yes,


they are heading back down. They will have turned at 11 miles and


will be running back into the wind. The information from out on the


course is that the worst of the wind is between five and six miles, then


it is at their backs for a good stretch, which has been evidenced by


the speed that the women were able to run at in that section, just a


bit in their faces in the closing couple of miles. All


bit in their faces in the closing pace picks up as the first real


effort here, coming from the youngster who is having a great race


here and have had youngster who is having a great race


preparations leading into these championships.


preparations leading into these that shortly. Back in the men's


race, that group is getting smaller and smaller all the time.


it hurts! It is a big part of a lot of athletess preparations. Look at


that, the three Kenyan is forging on, putting big gaps between


themselves. They will on, putting big gaps between


this, they will think, this is working, this is giving us a big gap


over working, this is giving us a big gap


picking off those who drop off the pace, there is a group of three, he


has to get onto the back of that. They are passing through six miles,


not far from the ten Kate point. -- the 10k point. I am expecting them


to be about 28 point 15, maybe 28.20, maintaining the pace they set


through the 5k. Yes, a bit of confusion there with Karoki deciding


at the last moment to get his drinks but Bob. I did see Pam Worra has got


his, so maybe they will share that and he won't have to do without it


-- I did see Kamworor has got his. He should have maybe realised when


he saw the flags and tables lined up that he needed to think


he saw the flags and tables lined up picking up his bottle. Back to the


women's race, Kenyan tactics pushing the pace, it has paid off and it


looks like a Kenyan one, two, three in this race. Unusually it is Mary


looks like a Kenyan one, two, three Wacera who is struggling to hold on,


though she still looks comfortable, but looking good in her leg


turnover, legged pick-up at this stage. The look back that she will


not be going to the girls in front but is checking the danger of where


the competition for the bronze medal may come from.


I must say, I had written in my note about the youngster in front,


possible surprise winner. She ran fast, but Cynthia Limo is the


fastest, and she still has her to deal with here. She does not have to


worry about Mary one Sarah, she looks like she will have two keep


working hard for the medal and leave her two team-mate out in front of


her. Who of these two will be the quicker? 15.53, she has no track


pedigree. Cynthia Limo, not much either. The two of them not really


tested. But Limo has one big races, but Jepchirchir looks strong. She


does, but with the contest in -- contrast in style at the runners,


Jepchirchir rocking side to side and perhaps wasting a little bit of


energy there. Cynthia Limo is very metronomic, very little arm


movements to waste energy there. Certainly the more experienced


racing over the half marathon distance but it does not always come


down to experience, it comes down to who wants the victory more and who


has got that little bit more energy left in the legs as we get to the


closing stages. And the closing stages will determine the gold medal


here, Kenyan undoubtedly looking stages will determine the gold medal


a one, two, three, and heading that way as long as Mary Wacera does not


completely fall apart in the closing kilometre or so. But the front two,


who is going to win this? 22-year-old, rock 'n' roll style,


but looks strong from the waist down, a strong stride, but on the


other side Cynthia Limo, who knows she has a fast time, possibly


hinting about a sprint finish, pushing one and all of a sudden two,


three metre gap which looks like it might extend. Yes, that was a quick


opening of that gap, it is still a gap that could close, but certainly


it looked a little bit like maybe the elder team-mates made a bit of a


move, she does not want to leave it to come down to a sprint finish, she


may be fears the finish after Jechirchir, having said that, Paul's


alongside her. They are coming across a small crest, I would not


call it a big hill, but it will enable Limo to eke out a little bit


of a lead, which was quickly made up there. Jechirchir decided, no, I am


not going to give up, used to have a battle on your hands for the


victory. Amazing how the confidence can shift from one to the other,


Limo gets a few meters and thinks, I have got this, and suddenly the lead


disappears and Jechirchir says, I can win this. But the two of them in


the closing stages, it will come down to a sprint finish, Jechirchir,


22 years old, Limo, the sixth fastest marathon runner of all time


suddenly finding the sprint of the youngster, looking like it is a


winning one, opening to five, six, seven... Ten metres, look at her go!


Peris Jechirchir, this could be a new name, she said she wants to go


to Rio, but for the time being she will be able to celebrate a


brilliant win on the streets of Cardiff, Peris Jechirchir of Kenny


wins the world half and, QuickTime, as well. Cynthia Limo take the


silver, and it will be just about a Kenyan 123. But, goodness me, Peris


Jechirchir, look how surprised she is as we see the prerace favourite,


Mary one Sarah coming in for the bronze medal. -- Mary Wacera. She


could not hang on for the last two kilometres, but still a pretty


QuickTime, inside 68 minutes on a difficult day out there, but Kenyan


dominant one more. We wondered, didn't we, the effort, Paula, Limo


perhaps felt and sensed this youngster was going well, made the


effort with about 800 to go, and she was closed down, but what a finish


from Peris Jechirchir. Yes, I think what happened was that Limo showed


her fear by making the move, try to get away, she showed she was


frightened of Chris Reid, who was able to the real her back in and get


past her. -- frightened off Peris Jechirchir. And also I think


Jechirchir was looking at her watch to judge how far she had to go, and


it was only when somebody shouted how far she had to go that she


launched that finish and moved away pretty easily from Limo for the


victim. -- for the victory. There is Mo Farah, the leaders I would


estimate about 100 metres ahead of him at this point, maybe a tad less


than that, certainly nine, ten seconds at the very least. It is not


a sort of distance, depending on the athletes, that you can think, that


race is over, but when it contains Kamworor and Karoki and a couple of


the good Ethiopians in there as well, then you know that it is going


to be a tough day for Mo, but he will be hoping that one or two of


these have overcooked it a bit, not will be hoping that one or two of


those two, I don't think, but when they went through 10k, 27.59, you


would not be disappointed if you were running that on the track,


27.59 means the second 5k was very quick indeed, inside 14 minutes. And


that is fast. This is very fast running. I think if we looked down,


I'm not even sure what Mo's personal best is good that on the road, he


has not raced it best is good that on the road, he


guess it is fairly close to it. He is keeping relaxed, definitely not


out of this yet, don't underestimate Mo Farah and how well he can stay


focused on what he's doing, on his race in the middle stages, and just


work gradually away, moving closer and closer to this group if he can,


but these are two quality athletes, Kamworor and Karoki, with Tola as


well, but Kamworor and colicky have been able to work together and take


on the surge is one at a time -- Kamworor and callow key. It is


interesting, because all of these guys, including Mo Farah, are


running quicker than anyone would have expected, Mo has gone through


running quicker than anyone would 28.04 on 10k on the roads in a


running quicker than anyone would marathon, and, for him as well, this


running quicker than anyone would is a race where he is going to be


stepping a bit into unknown territory for himself, because


stepping a bit into unknown maintains that pace he is well on,


stepping a bit into unknown personal best. But it will hurt now,


it will be a test of his endurance, can he maintain this case, can he


get under 59 minutes, or close to 59 minutes, because that is the pace he


has set out at. Mo Farah does hold the European


record over the half marathon distance from Lisbon. Although he


has run quicker on the South Shields Great North Run course. But he has


not found himself to this point in a really fast from the start half


marathon but he has today. He could really fast from the start half


walk away from the race not getting a medal but having improved


Record. So that is what is going on at the


front. A little further back are the three


British racers. In terms of the first group, the


Kenyans and Ethiopians in the fore. And the Eritreans hoping to stayed


on the medal roast ram. Information in from the statistician


in Cardiff, is that Mo's 10K P B is 27.4. So not that far outside of it.


in Cardiff, is that Mo's 10K P B is So a very quick pace being set on


the streets of Cardiff. In spite of the streets of Cardiff. In spite of


settled somewhat. The wind is not quite as bad. Within


the streets and around the societalered


bad. Fast, fast running here. These two


guys at the front with Tamirat Tola trying to hang on. Two of the best


distance runners in the world. And they will have their observe


head-to-head. They have raced each other in the last 18 months.


Geoffrey Kamworor has won five races recently.


They know each other well. And Karoki has never lost a half


marathon. He is four for four wins over 2014, 2015. So that is


obviously a record that he isn't going to want to lose.


He has that experience. He has maybe the knack for judging


things right to get the victory. He has maybe the knack for judging


If I understand his preparations correctly, he is intending to run


the London Marathon as well. So a great indication of what


happens what is to come in London this year if we get a good day.


So two at the front for Kenya. They are pushing it on. Trying to


run Tamirat Tola out of it if they can.


Tamirat Tola himself is a trois marathon runner, he ran in Dubai.


He is with those two at the moment. Then a little gap.


Looking behind. Tamirat Tola, looking behind.


Think these two at the front obviously feeling things a little


bit. We keep coming back to the fact, if you have joined us


recently, the runner at the front, Geoffrey Kamworor, he fell at the


start. He had to pick himself up and somehow within a mile got into the


lead group. For me, Paula, he looks like he is working hard. He has that


grimace on his face. Even without falling this would be hard work. But


he fell, and the first mile was the equivalent of 4. 15. He would have


lost 10 to 15 seconds. You start a race with a 4. 15, you have to pay


for it surely? You have to. I would have liked to have had a go-pro to


see how he managed to make it up as fast as he did. He caught us by


surprise. If you were around the starting mile area, tell us how he


managed to make that gap up as quickly as he did. But without a


doubt it has to hurt. As does racing at this pace. But he is pushing this


on. A little while ago, they spread out across the road. Karoki was


right across the road looking to Geoffrey Kamworor for guidance. They


will have discussed the tactics before the race. There will be a


point that they reach, where it will be every man for himself, trying to


win the victory. But there, 13.41. It is the wind behind them. The


women did run a fast 5K split. I would guess that the wind has picked


up. But that is a very fast middle section of the race. No wonder that


Tamirat Tola has been able to stay with this. The gaps going back to Mo


Farah are growing. Paula, I hesitate to use the word


world best but these guys are operating quicker than ever.


Mo Farah is behind them but he has just broken the 15 kilometre record


on the road. If he doesn't know he was going fast, I don't think he


know what is the 15 K record is but he has just broken it, I am sure. He


is not to have expected that. 42. 39 was the previous best. He is well in


the low end of 42. It is coming up. 42. 03 officially. That is through


15 kilometres. He knocked 20 seconds off it.


Oh, Paula. If these guy, all of them, include Mo don't slow down, I


will be surprised. This is hard for Mo Farah. It is a tough, tough race


already. But he is running faster than he has ever done on the roads.


That must give him confidence. It is a long time since I have seen


Mo Farah hurting that much in a race. Probably back to the marathon


debut in London. Hurting in the middle of the race and pushing on.


But the pace he is running at, no wonder. You hope he has not been


able to look at the 5 kilometre split to get that information. He


will have seen the 15 kilometre. But had he seen that the guys have put


in a 5 kilometre split at that pace that must do damage. Even though he


is keeping that gap. It is about 100m. 22 seconds is not a far off.


It is not growing significantly. Mo will be able to start moving back


if he can keep concentration and not fatiguing too much.


The great Eritrean, Zersenay Tadese, he is not here but


The great Eritrean, Zersenay Tadese, fastest world marathon.


If they are to run here and continue at this pace, they are on that


record themselves. And Mo Farah at this pace, they are on that


himself, setting records on the road in Cardiff. He may slow down but


this has ban phenomenal from the man on the right, Geoffrey Kamworor.


This is what he expected. Ten miles! Well we may not get a


split. But that is phenomenal. That is, in a half marathon, you would


win ten mile road races anywhere in the world with those


Live coverage of the World Half Marathon Championships. Some of the world's best distance runners descend on Cardiff for the 22nd edition of the championships which are returning to the UK for the first time since 2009.

Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah makes his debut in the event as he continues his preparations for Rio 2016. He will be up against Kenya's reigning world champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Eritrean world record holder Zersenay Tadese, while Kenya's Gladys Cherono attempts to defend her title in the women's race.

Commentary by Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe.

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