Dewi will be joined by fellow Swansea Harriers, Josh Griffiths and Kris Jones. Josh has great recent big race experience from the London 2017 World Championships Marathon and this year’s Commonwealth Marathon in hot conditions on the Gold Coast. Kris has had a stellar season across the disciplines, winning the Scottish X-Country Championships, running a track 5000m PB of 13:45, and representing Great Britain at the World Orienteering Championships last month. A strong quartet is completed by the dependable North Wales based Andy Davies, who finished 11th in the Commonwealth Marathon in Australia for Wales.
The women’s team is equally strong with two more Commonwealth athletes in Caryl Jones and Jenny Nesbitt, being joined by Rosie Edwards and Clara Evans. Caryl represented Great Britain at the European Championships Marathon in Berlin just last month, and Jenny, who ran the 10,000m in Australia, has set personal bests at 5000m and 4 miles in recent weeks. Rosie Edwards has been training out in the USA, and again is in good shape having run a PB of 1:16:06 in the Houston Half Marathon and will relish the chance to pull on the red vest of Wales in Cardiff in October. Clara finished 10th in the Madrid Half Marathon in 1:16:34 earlier in the year and placed third in the Barry Island 10k just a couple of weeks ago.
“It’s great that we will have such competitive men’s and women’s teams, in what is a showcase event for Wales. It’s wonderful for these senior athletes to have the opportunity to represent Wales on home soil in Cardiff in a Commonwealth Games event.” said Chris Jones, National Coaching and Performance lead.
“It’s an exciting time for distance running in Wales, endurance athletes made up a significant part of our Commonwealth Athletics squad, and they are increasingly earning places to compete at major events and championships. Welsh Athletics is investing in developing both athletes and coaches, and the strength in depth that we’re building up at senior and junior level indicates the impact this is starting to have.”
Welsh Athletics Chief Executive, Matt Newman, officially launched the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships at the Commonwealth Games Team Wales House on the Gold Coast back in March. He commented “It is an honour to bring the first ever Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships to Cardiff on October 7, and I’m certain it will prove to be another major addition to the rich sporting history of the city.
The event will break new ground at the front-end of the well-established Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. The race will also take place 60 years on from the 1958 Empire and Commonwealth Games, which paved the way for Cardiff to become a hub for world-class sporting events.
It’s very exciting to see such a strong Welsh team named for the Championship and highlights the strength in depth of distance running in Wales at this current time.”
The full Welsh team is as follows:
- Dewi Griffiths, Swansea Harriers (Kevin Evans)
- Josh Griffiths, Swansea Harriers
- Kristian Jones, Swansea Harriers
- Andy Davies, Stockport (Steve Vernon)
- Caryl Jones, Swansea Harriers
- Jenny Nesbitt, Worcester AC (David Walker)
- Rosie Edwards, Rotherham (Dennis Russell)
- Clara Evans, Cardiff AAC
- Chris Jones, Performance lead
- Kevin Tobin, Men’s coach
- Nicola Haines Jones, Women’s Coach