Mahamed Mahamed, Derek Hawkins and Natasha Cockram will head the beginning lists for the 18th version of the Cardiff College Cardiff Half Marathon this Sunday, twenty seventh March.
The race will return for the primary time since October 2019, for the primary of two editions in 2022. The March race will host a primarily British entry however with nearly definitely the strongest home area that the race has amassed up to now. It’s going to additionally host the Welsh Championships for the gap in 2022.
Brothers Mahamed and Zakariya Mahamed will each make their debuts over the Half Marathon distance however each have confirmed pedigree on the roads and on the Nation. Older brother Mahamed is the present English Nationwide Cross Nation Champion and youthful sibling Zakariya gained the Northern Eire Worldwide Cross Nation, again in January.
The quickest athlete on paper is Derek Hawkins with a greatest time of 63:53. He’s the older brother of 2019 World Championship fourth placer for Marathon, Callum. He’s additionally a longtime Marathon runner, ending ninth at his house Commonwealth Video games in Scotland again in 2014.
An extra six athletes have run below the 65-minute barrier previously together with Scottish Cross Nation Champion Jamie Crowe and Lucian Allison who ran 28:38 for 10km at Trafford just lately.
The winner of the Trafford 10k on that event was Kadar Omar and Omar may even be in motion in Cardiff, extremely prone to higher his earlier better of 66:06.
The race will function an Worldwide Match between Scotland and Wales and it’s the Scottish staff’s inclusion that may add nice depth to the sector, with a staff of sturdy performers led by Hawkins. Welsh Cross Nation Champion James Hunt will lead the Welsh Crew within the males’s race.
Morocco’s Abdessamad El Yaagoubi, Norweigan athlete Andreas Iden and Australian Matt Fox will all add some worldwide flavour.
Natasha Cockram is the Welsh File Holder for the Marathon and has a greatest mark for the half distance of 72:46. She can be the 2020 British Champion for the Marathon. Wales’ Bronwen Owen is one other thrilling debutant and is a a number of Nice Britain & Northern Eire Worldwide.
Alex Eykelbosch gained the Speedway 10k in January in a time of 33:31 and will probably be joined in Cardiff by Wales’ Olivia Tsim who just lately made her Worldwide debut and who additionally ran below 34 minutes at Chepstow.
The Wheelchair race will host its largest area up to now together with a number of earlier winners, Tiaan Bosch, Sam Kolek, Richie Powell and Mel Nicholls. Bret Crossley is the quickest within the area this time, with a 48:12 P.B. Nicholls is the quickest of the ladies, with a better of 53:39.