Records were sent tumbling as Saturday’s Cardiff University Festival of Running kicked off Wales’ largest-ever mass-participation weekend.
A pair of new world record holders were crowned as around 2,500 runners of all ages and abilities got a taste for the Cardiff Half Marathon experience. South Wales firefighters Kevin Summerhayes and Ellie Hathaway got their names in the famous Guinness Book of World Records in the Come and Try Open Mile race.
A host of the world’s elite runners, including last year’s champions Shadrack Kimining and Viola Jepchumba came to watch more than a thousand Family Fun Runners bring a sea of colour to proceedings while they completed a 2.4km route around the iconic Civic Centre to set the Cardiff Half weekend off with a bang.
The fastest Under 11s and Under 13s in Wales set the pace at the start of the day in the Welsh One Mile Championships before 300 Cardiff University Students took part in the Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run.
Isobel Parry-Jones of Cwmbran Harriers was crowned Welsh Women’s Under-20 Champion as she dominated the junior and senior category to come home in 5:19 to raise the curtain on what promises to be another unforgettable weekend in the Welsh capital.
Tom Marshall claiming Mile Championships victory
Another record fell in the Senior Men’s Welsh Mile Road Race as sub 4 minute miler Tom Marshall (Cardiff AAC) stormed to victory to beat his coach James Thie’s record by a single second. His time of 4:15 was good enough to see off the challenges of Jonathan Tobin (Swansea Harriers) and Ieaun Thomas (Cardiff AAC).