Cardiff Half Marathon

2023 Elite Field Announced

A battle of former winners is expected at the 20th edition of the Principality Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.

Shadrack Kimining (59:27) returns to Cardiff, looking to chase the course record at the event where he made his international debut with victory back in 2016. His last trip to Cardiff came in 2019 where he lost out to Leonard Langat in the closing metres to finish second in 59:32.

Last year’s winner Geofrey Koech (59:32) also returns, looking to better his winning time of 60:01 from 12 months ago. The Birrell Prague 10km Champion from 2019 has since won the prestigious Boston Half Marathon and more recently finished third at the Prague Half Marathon in April.

Also racing are Benard Biwott (59:44) who won the Santa Pola Half Marathon near Valencia and Wesley Kimutai (59:47) who finished second at the prestigious Rome Ostia Half Marathon in March.

Hicham Amghar (59:53) of Morocco will be looking to dip under the magical 60-minute barrier for a third time this year having finished fifth at Ras Al Khaimah in February with 59:53 and again in Istanbul finishing second in 59:58.

Vincent Mutai ran a solid 60:20 at Antrim Coast last month on his half marathon debut so is likely to go out with the leading group, hoping to post a sub 60-minute clocking.

David Kimaiyo is an exciting debutant owing to his 10km best of 27:26 set at Castellon in February.

Bereket Zeleke (62:27) was fifth at the World U20 Cross Country Championships running for his native Ethiopia and made his debut for the distance in Antrim finishing 10th.

Further International interest sits with Morocco’s Omar El Harrass (61:55), Japan’s Takuya Kitasaki 61:51) and debutant Ben Eidenschink from the USA who was sixth at the US Cross Country Championships in 2022 and has a 10,000m best of 27:51.

Paulos Surafel (61:51) and Mo Aadan (62:28) are the fastest British athletes on paper followed by the English national Cross Country Champion from 2020, Calum Johnson (63:16).

Further entrants Kieran Clements (64:31) and Ross Skelton (64:37) both also have sub 65 minute pedigree.

Mestawut Fikir (66:44) heads the start lists for the women’s race following her runaway victory at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon last month.

Fellow Ethiopian Betelihem Afenigus (66:44) sits just two seconds slower on paper and won the popular Venlo Half Marathon earlier this year.

2022 winner Beatrice Cheserek (66:48) will be familiar with the course and as a fierce competitor will be looking to retain her title on Sunday. So far this year Cheserek has won three half marathons, in Santa Pola, Riyadh and Tallinn.

Viola Chepngeno (66:48) was the runner-up last time and is another athlete who has been extremely busy over the last 12 months, along with Koech, also winning in Boston and lowering her P.B. for 10km to 31:05 in France this April.

Aminet Ahmed (67:08) most recently raced at the Copenhagen Half Marathon where she clocked 68:01.

Dorcas Kimeli (67:10) became the third fastest in history over 10km with 29:57 at the Birrell Grand Prix in Prague in 2019 and has previously raced in Cardiff back in 2017.

Costa Rican Record Holder for Half Marathon and for the Marathon, Diana Bogantes-Gonzalez (73:08) will be in action in Cardiff, along with Marcela Joglova (73:46) of the Czech Republic.

Jenny Nesbitt (72:54) will head the Welsh contingent joined by Caryl Edwards (71:18), Anna Bracegirdle (73:21), Olivia Tsim (73:38) and Beth Kidger (76:27).

Further British Athletes of note include Olympian Sonia Samuels (72:19), Cambridge Half Marathon Champion Verity Hopkins (73:35) and Kirsteen Welch (74:42) of Exeter Harriers.

Josh Hartley (49:06) is the outstanding entry in the Men’s Wheelchair race, joined by 2018 Champion Tiaan Bosch (51:14) and multiple Cardiff winner Richie Powell. Martyna Snopek (63:02) is a previous winner of the Great North Run and will be racing in Cardiff on Sunday.

Women’s Start List

#ForenameBib NameClubNatP.B.Bio
90MestawutFIKIRETHETH66:442023 Antrim Half Marathon Champion. 2023 Rio De Janeiro Half Marathon Champion
91BetelihemAFENIGUSETHETH66:462023 Venlo Half Marathon Champion. 3rd 2022 Madrid Half Marathon
92BeatriceCHESEREKKENKEN66:482022 Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon Champion
93ViolaCHEPNGENOKENKEN66:482nd 2022 Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon
94AminetAHMEDETHETH67:083rd 2023 Santa Pola Half Marathon. 4th 2022 Delhi Half Marathon
95DorcasKIMELIKENKEN67:1011th at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships. 29:57 for 10km
96CarylEDWARDSSwansea HarriersGBR71:182nd 2022 Welsh Cross Country Championships. 2019 Llanelli Half Marathon Champion
97SoniaSAMUELSSale HarriersGBR72:19Olympian. 2023 Newark Half Marathon Champion
98JennyNESBITTPontypridd RoadentsGBR72:5412th 2022 Commonwealth Games for 5,000m. 2019 UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Champs
99DianaBOGANTES – GONZALEZCosta RicaCRI73:08National Record holder for H/M & Marathon
100AnnaBRACEGIRDLESalford HarriersGBR73:212022 Wilmslow Half Marathon Champion
101VerityHOPKINSTonbridge ACGBR73:352023 Cambridge Half Marathon Champion
102OliviaTSIMPontypridd RoadentsGBR73:382022 Welsh 10km Champion
103MarcelaJOGLOVACzech RepublicCZE73:467th 2022 Prague Marathon
104CourtneyMCGUIREIrelandIRL73:522022 Cork City Half Marathon Champion.
105KirsteenWELCHExeter HarriersGBR74:422023 Torbay Half Marathon Champion
106KirstyLONGLEYLiverpoolGBR75:052023 Chester 10k Champion
107IsabellePICKETTOxford CityGBR75:363rd 2023 Wokingham Half Marathon. 5th 2023 Reading Half Marathon
109BethKIDGERBrighton PhoenixGBR76:272023 Hastings Half Marathon Champion. 3rd 2023 Trafford 10k
110JuliaBEKTICClapham ChasersGBR76:45 
111AlawEVANSLes CroupiersGBR76:48 
112HayleyGREENRugby & NorthamptonGBR76:55 
113SophieHARRISElswickGBR77:1534:30 for 10km
116NikkiKELLYTavistock ACGBR78:23 
117HelenSHARPEPenarth & District ACGBR78:26 
118HannahPULLENAldershot, Farnham & DistrictGBR78:35 
119EmilyPROTOLewes ACGBR78:43 
120EmmaNAVESEYLewes ACGBR78:53 
121AnnaHARROLDTruro RCGBR79:01 
122RachelGIFFORDLeamington Cycling & ACGBR79:26 
123LucyMARLANDLes CroupiersGBR79:53 
124LizDIMONDLliswerry RunnersGBR79:56 
125DonnaMORRISBuilth & Distric ACGBR79:59 
126SarahFORBES-SMITHClapham ChasersGBR80:28 
127GeorgiaPALMERCheltenham & County HarriersGBRDebut 
129MeganWILLIAMSAberdare Valley AACGBRDebut 
130KatENTWISTLEBristol & WestGBRDebut 
131KellyDICKSGreat Western RunnersGBRDebut 
132PennyOLIVERCoventry GodivaGBRDebut 
133YvieLOCKThames Valley HarriersGBRDebut 

Men’s Start List

#ForenameBib NameClubNatP.B.Bio
1ShadrackKIMININGKenyaKEN59:27Second place at the 2022 Riga Half Marathon. Third place at the 2022 Antrim Coast Half Mathon. Former winner in Cardiff.
2GeoffreyKOECHKenyaKEN59:322022 Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon Champion
3BenardBIWOTTKenyaKEN59:44Winner of the 2023 Santa Pola Half Marathon.
4WesleyKIMUTAIKenyaKEN59:47Second place at the 2023 Roma Ostia Half Marathon. Second at the 2022 Kip Keino Classic (10,000m).
5HichamAMGHARMoroccoMOR59:532nd 2023 Istanbul Half Marathon. 5th 2023 Ras Al Kaimah Half Marathon
6VincentMUTAIKenyaKEN60:205th 2023 Antrim Coast Half Marathon. 2nd 2023 Night of the 10,000m P.B’s
7DennisKITIYOKenyaKEN61:0627:17 for 10km. 3rd 2023 Napoli Half Marathon
8TakuyaKITASAKIJapanJPN61:5128:07 for 10,000m. 13:50 for 5,000m
9PaulosSURAFELThames ValleyGBR61:512021 Windsor Half Marathon Champion. 7th 2023 Prague Half Marathon
10OmarEL HARRASSMorrocoMOR61:553rd 2023 International 10km De Marrakech
11HikoTONOSA HASOIrelandIRL62:239th 2023 Antrim Coast Half Marathon. 28:55 for 10km
12BereketZELEKEETHETH62:275th 2023 World Cross Country Championships (U20). 10th Antrim Coast Half Marathon
13MoAADANThames ValleyGBR62:283rd 2021 Vitality Big Half
14MartinMUSYOKAKenyaKEN63:002023 Darlington 10k Champion. 12th 2023 Antrim Coast Half Marathon
15CalumJOHNSONGateshead HarriersGBR63:162023 Great North 10k Champion. 2020 English National Cross Country Champion
16KieranCLEMENTSShaftesbury BarnettGBR64:312021 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k Champion
17RossSKELTONHY RunnersGBR64:372023 Worthing 10k Champion. 2022 Brighton Half Marathon Champion.
18VictorCHEPKWONYKENKEN64:4129:10 for 10,000m
19DavidKIMAIYOKenyaKENDebut3rd 2023 Castellon 10k in 27:25
20BenEIDENSCHINKUSAUSADebut27:51 for 10,000m. 13:33 for 5,000m. 6th 2022 US Cross Country Championships
22ScottCOUSINSSpringfieldGBR65:102023 Wokingham Half Marathon Champion
24JonathanCORNISHHercules WimbledonGBR65:1829:22 for 10km
26DanCLIFFEHercules WimbledonGBR65:352023 Birchwood 10k Champion
27ChrisTHOMASThames ValleyGBR65:402nd 2022 Cambridge Half Marathon Championships
28ShaunANTELLBidefordGBR65:422023 ABP Barry 10k Champion. 3rd 2023 Cardiff 10k.
29DavidMANSFIELDIrelandIRL65:422nd 2023 Irish 10 Mile Championships
30AdamBOWDENBridgend ACGBR65:532021 ABP Newport Wales Marathon Champion
31AlexMILNEHercules WimbledonGBR66:082023 Great Bristol Run Champion
141CiaranLEWISLes Croupiers RCGBR66:10 
32GaryPRIESTLEYSalford HarriersGBR66:16 
33DavidBISHOPDerby ACGBR66:20 
34MikeWARDCardiff AthleticsGBR66:48 
35TomHIGGSSouth London ACGBR66:51 
36AlexBROWNMorpethGBR66:5829:37 for 10km
37MohamedHASHIEaling Southall & MiddlesexGBR67:01 
38DomD.JONESRugby & NorthamptonGBR67:0329:58 for 10km
39TomAUSTINPoole ACGBR67:112016 BUCS Cross Country Champion
40NickDAWSONBrighton & HoveGBR67:13 
41SimonFOXExeter HarriersGBR67:27 
43DaveLONGPontypridd RooadentsGBR67:44 
44AdamBULLPontypridd RoadentsGBR67:52 
45JamesTURNERBrighton & HoveGBR67:5730:38 for 10km
48JamesREEDERTeam Bath ACGBR68:32 
49KieranBARNESBrighton & HoveGBR68:46 
50JayFERNSTrafford ACGBR68:51 
51MarcusENGLANDWestern TempoGBR68:552022 Fairford 10k Champion
52SeanHOGANSouthampton ACGBR68:55 
53AaronPHELPSStroud ACGBR69:04 
54ScottHARRINGTONOtleyGBR69:062021 Ilkley Half Marathon Champion. 2019 Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon Champion
142RichardPRICEReading ACGBR69:10 
56MattEDWARDSCardiff AthleticsGBR69:16 
58HaydnARNALLRugby & NorthamptonGBR69:23 
60MichaelRODERICKTri HardGBR69:24 
61Jon BUTLERSwansea HarriersGBR69:29 
144JacobTASKEROgmore PhoenixGBR69:35 
62ScottHUDSPITHGuildford & GodalmingGBR69:43 
63GeorgeSUTHONReading ACGBR69:44 
64CharlieC.JONESWestern TempoGBR69:48 
65CallumJOBGuildford & GodalmingGBR69:48 
67MattEDMONDSNewport HarriersGBR69:58 
68DylanNAZARETHLes Croupiers RCGBR70:03 
69JoeCONNORSBristol & West ACGBR70:10 
70DylanNAYLORLiverpool HarriersGBR70:1230:55 for 10km
72IfanDAFYDDEryri HarriersGBR70:41 
75AndrewCHAMBERSExeter HarriersGBR70:55 
78JamesTHIEPontypridd RoadentsGBR73:42 
79OliLUMMilton Keynes Distance ProjectGBR74:07 
80LukeHAMLEYNorth Devon ACGBRDebut 
81SamuelROBERTSRetford ACGBRDebut31:00 for 10km
82JamesHANCOCKCroydon HarriersGBRDebut30:08 for 10km
83SamTYASSouthampton ACGBRDebut29:57 for 10km
84EllisGARAMSZEGIShrewsbury ACGBRDebut 
85Dan GALPINGuernsey ACGBRDebut 
143BenREYNOLDSCardiff AthleticsGBRDebut 
86DionPACE (Griffith)Menai Track & FieldGBRPACE 
87FearghalPACE (Curtin)Pontypridd RoadentsIRLPACE 
88LloydPACE (Sheppard-Brown)Cardiff AthleticsGBRPACE 
89AlfredPACE (Ngeno)KenyaKENPACE 

Wheelchair Start List (Men)

#ForenameBib NameClubP.B.Bio
134JoshHARTLEYCoventry Godiva Harriers49:062nd 2019 Manchester Marathon. 6th 2021 Great North Run
135TiaanBOSCHLeeds City / South Africa51:142nd 2023 Adidas Manchester Marathon. 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon Champion
136RichiePOWELLDSW Sport Wales52:00Multiple winner of the Cardiff Half Marathon
137RobSMITHCoventry Godiva Harriers57:16 
138GaryCOOPERCoventry Godiva Harriers59:04 
139SteveMONTGOMERYCoventry Godiva Harriers75:40 

Wheelchair Start List (Women)

#ForenameBib NameClubP.B.Bio
140MartynaSnopekWeir Archer Academy63:022018 Great North Run Champion. 2022 Manchester Marathon Champion.
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