On Sunday 1st October, an enormous 19,641 participants began the 2017 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon.
According to the official Cardiff Half Marathon website, a large number of records tumbled over the course of the afternoon. John Lotiang set an event record by seven seconds in winning the men’s event in a stunning 60:43.
Edith Chelimo, also from Kenya, ran a UK-All Corners Record of 65:50 to win the women’s event. Her time was good enough to come home in joint 17th overall in the 2017 event.
Melissa Nicholls won the wheelchair race, beating everyone in 59:40, while Welshman Dewi Griffiths finished fourth while stripping 82 seconds off his PB with a time of 61:31.
Finally, a special shout out has to go to Jai Tsim & Olivia Dyer, who were all smiles at the Cardiff Half Marathon finish line as Jai got down on one knee to propose. Olivia, of course, said yes!
Were any Guinness World Records broken at the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon?
In short, yes! No fewer than four World Records fell over the course of the event. Here are a few that stood out.
A full suit of armour failed to slow down Tudor Jones (also known as Sir Runalot), who completed the event in 3:26.10 whilst wearing 30kg of shiny metal.
Robert Atkin, a Cardiff-based fireman, wore his 9kg kit and broke the World Record by over a minute, coming home in just 1:29.55. Cardiff University alumni Alec Care donned a Cap & Gown for the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon, completing the event in just over an hour and a half (1:31.58).
Want to take part?
Entries for the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon opens shortly, and is expected to sell out in record time. The first 5,000 runners registered receive an early bird discount, so it pays to be pro-active!
You can pre-register for updates on when the 2018 event entries open by following this link and filling out your details.