Welsh teams competed at the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon on Sunday. The race was perfect preparation for athletes running a spring marathon.
The 12,000 runners benefited from warm and dry weather on the route which took them from Rome out to the seaside resort of Ostia.
Phillip Matthews (Swansea Harriers) went to Rome looking for a lifetime best and was hoping to run around the 65 minute barrier. Despite falling slightly short of that mark, he ran a new best in 66:24 proving that his London Marathon preparations are going to plan. Phil said afterwards ''I was hoping for faster but it was a great experience and I'm just looking forward to london now''.
The start of the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon
Mike Kallenberg (Cardiff AAC) is another athlete preparing for the London Marathon in April. Mike was the next Welshman home, taking over a minute off his previous best and was suitably delighted with his 68:04 clocking. Andrew Davies (Maldwyn Harriers) had tried chasing Mike down in the final stages but finished in 68:10, also setting a new best. Marc Hobbs (Swansea Harriers) made his debut over Half marathon and ran strongly to post 69:48.
Kate Roberts (Bridgend AC) is always a regular in Welsh teams and made the trip to Rome looking to better her previous mark of 78:35. However Kate struggled and had to settle for 81:33 on this occasion.