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23/04/2019 00:00, In Road /

"Pob hwyl i bawb o Gymru o bob lefel, sef elît neu rhedwyr hwyl sy'n cystadlu dydd Sul yma yn Marathon Llundain //Best wishes to all Welsh athletes of all levels, be they elite or fun runners, that are taking part in this Sunday's London Marathon."

Steve Perks, Chair Welsh Athletics.

There will be a strong Welsh presence again in London this weekend with hundreds of elite and club athletes making the trip East to battle it out for Welsh Championship honours and personal glory as they take on the iconic 26.2-mile route. Weather conditions look set to be cool and dry, unlike last years Gold Coast Commonwealth Marathon where many of the British runners suffered in the extreme heat.

 

Steve Jone’s 2:07:13 in Chicago in 1985 is still the Welsh Record, but a back in form Dewi Griffiths [Swansea Harriers] may have this within his sights soon, if not this weekend. Dewi is the only current Welsh athlete to make the Male top ten – Josh Griffiths is 11th & Andy Davies 13th -  but it’s a different story with the women’s Top 10 where there are four current runners, all with times from within the last two years. Natasha Cockram of MMRT is 4th on the list with her 2:34:18 from January of this year in Houston, is likely to move up the rankings further after this weekend or certainly in the near future.

Welsh All-Time Male Marathon Top 10 as at 21 April 2019 - Gun

Rank

Time

Athlete

Club

Venue

Date

  1.

2:07:13

Steve Jones

Newport

Chicago, USA

20:10:1985

  2.

2:09:49

Dewi Griffiths

Swansea

Frankfurt, GER

29:10:2017

  3.

2:10:35

Steve Brace

Bridgend

Houston, USA

21:01:1996

  4.

2:12:12

Dennis Fowles

Cardiff

London

13:05:1984

  5.

2:12:33

Tony Simmons

Luton Utd.

Sandbach

07:05:1978

  6.

2:12:34

Gordon Minty

Thames Valley

Eugene, USA

13:09:1981

  7.

2:13:21

Ieuan Ellis

Newport

Beijing, China

19:10:1986

  8.

2:13:41

Dale Rixon

Bridgend

Paris, France

10:11:1996

  9.

2:13:48

Mike Bishop

Staffs. Moorlands

Paris, France

17:05:1987

10.

2:14:03

Adrian Leek

Cardiff

Pittsburgh, USA

03:05:1987

Welsh All-Time Ladies Marathon Top 10 as at 21 April 2019 - Gun

No

Time

Athlete

Club

Venue

Date

  1.

2:31:33

Susan Tooby

Cardiff

Seoul, South Korea

23:09:1988

  2.

2:33:13

Tracey Morris

Valley Striders

Melbourne, Australia

19:03:2006

  3.

2:34:16

Caryl Jones

Swansea

Amsterdam, Netherlands

15:10:2017

  4

2:34:18

Natasha Cockram

MMRT

Houston, USA

20:01:2019

  5.

2:35:39

Hayley Nash

Cardiff

Victoria, Canada

27:08:1994

  6.

2:36:22

Elinor Kirk

Swansea

Florence, Italy

26:11:2017

  7.

2:38:47

Angharad Mair

Newport

Reykjavik, Iceland

18:08:1996

  8.

2:39:26

Jacqui Hulbert

Les Croups

London

20:04:1986

  9.

2:40:57

Rosie Edwards

Rotherham

London

23:04:2017

10.

2:41:47

Sally Lynch             

Newport

London

17:04:1994

Thanks to Mick McGeoch for the updated statistics

Parc Bryn Bach runner, Lee Aherne, will be running to raise funds to build a statue of Welsh Marathon legend Steve Jones in Ebbw Vale (aim £20k) – you can donate here. Lee himself will be looking to place as high as possible in the Over 50 category.

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