Cardiff Half Marathon

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Mahamed Mahamed, Derek Hawkins and Natasha Cockram will head the start lists for the 18th edition of the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon this Sunday, 27th  March.

The race will return for the first time since October 2019, for the first of two editions in 2022. The March race will host a mainly British entry but with almost certainly the strongest domestic field that the race has amassed to date. It will also host the Welsh Championships for the distance in 2022.

Brothers Mahamed and Zakariya Mahamed will both make their debuts over the Half Marathon distance but both have proven pedigree on the roads and on the Country. Older brother Mahamed is the current English National Cross Country Champion and younger sibling Zakariya won the Northern Ireland International Cross Country, back in January.

The fastest athlete on paper is Derek Hawkins with a best time of 63:53. He is the older brother of 2019 World Championship fourth placer for Marathon, Callum. He is also an established Marathon runner, finishing ninth at his home Commonwealth Games in Scotland back in 2014.

A further six athletes have run under the 65 minute barrier in the past including Scottish Cross Country Champion Jamie Crowe and Lucian Allison who ran 28:38 for 10km at Trafford recently.

The winner of the Trafford 10k on that occasion was Kadar Omar and Omar will also be in action in Cardiff, highly likely to better his previous best of 66:06.

The race will feature an International Match between Scotland and Wales and it is the Scottish team’s inclusion that will add great depth to the field, with a team of strong performers led by Hawkins. Welsh Cross Country Champion James Hunt will lead the Welsh Team in the men’s race.

Morocco’s Abdessamad El Yaagoubi, Norweigan athlete Andreas Iden and Australian Matt Fox will all add some international flavour.

Natasha Cockram is the Welsh Record Holder for the Marathon and has a best mark for the half distance of 72:46. She is also the 2020 British Champion for the Marathon. Wales’ Bronwen Owen is another exciting debutant and is a multiple Great Britain & Northern Ireland International.

Alex Eykelbosch won the Speedway 10k in January in a time of 33:31 and will be joined in Cardiff by Wales’ Olivia Tsim who recently made her International debut and who also ran under 34 minutes at Chepstow.

The Wheelchair race will host its largest field to date including several previous winners, Tiaan Bosch, Sam Kolek, Richie Powell and Mel Nicholls. Bret Crossley is the fastest in the field this time, with a 48:12 P.B. Nicholls is the fastest of the women, with a best of 53:39.

Start List – Men

DerekHawkinsKilbarchan, Scotland63:5329:24 for 10km. 2:12.49 for Marathon.
JamieCroweCentral AC64:193rd Liverpool Cross Challenge 2021. 13:53 for 5km. 29:18 for 10km
SeanChalmersInverness Harriers, Scotland64:222022 Inverness Half Marathon Champion
JonathanGlenInverclyde, Scotland64:232nd 2020 Scottish Cross Country Championships
LucianAllisonLincoln Wellington64:292nd 2021 Telford 10km. 29:06 for 10km
AbdessamadEl YaagoubiMorocco65:2419th 2020 Marrakech Half Marathon
JamesDonaldDundee Hawhill, Scotland65:274th 2021 10,000m European Cup. 4th 2021 Monument Mile Classic
KadarOmarBirchfield Harriers66:062022 Trafford 10k Champion. 2021 Leeds Abbey Dash Champion
MichaelKallenbergCardiff AC66:092022 RAF Cross Country Champion. 2022 Inter-Services Cross Country Champion
ShaneRobinsonLincoln Wellington66:322021 Milton Keynes Cross Country Champion
PaulGrahamPontypridd Roadents66:332022 Lliswerry 8 Champion. 29:38 for 10km
ConánMcCaugheyNorth Belfast Harriers66:382022 Northern Ireland & Ulster Cross Country Champion
DomWilmorePoole AC67:3030:10 for 10km
JamesHuntCardiff AC67:323 x Welsh Cross Country Champion. 2nd 2019 Porthcawl 10k
AndreasIdenGneist Il, Norway67:3214:20 for 5km. 30:36 for 10,000m
JamesStrawLincoln Wellington67:4314:13 for 5,000m. 30:10 for 10,000m
AbedTeweldebrhanNewport Harriers67:432022 City Of Newport Half Marathon Champion.
JordanSkellyGainsborough & Morton67:482021 Doncaster 10k Champion
AdamBullPontypridd Roadents67:522020 City Of Newport Half Marathon Champion
DanHamiltonPontypridd Roadents68:0830:18 for 10km
DomJamesWestern Tempo68:1429:36 for 10km
AngusMacleanSwansea Harriers68:2529:47 for 10km. 23:45 for 5 Miles
BlairMcWhirterSwansea Harriers68:36
CamMuirCity Of Stoke AC68:482020 Shropshire Cross Country Champion
MattReesSwansea Harriers68:48
MattEdwardsCardiff AC69:16
WillMundaySwansea Harriers69:26
SamGoodchildCornwall AC69:282021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon Champion
LukeNorthallWrexham AAC69:36
AlistairSmithCoventry Godiva69:40
DanRothwellSwansea Harriers69:43
MarcHobbsSwansea Harriers69:47
JamieBarnettNewham & Essex Beagles69:49
MattEdmondsMicky Morris Racing Team69:58
AaronPritchardTeam Bath71:29
MattWelshBelgrave Harriers72:0215:02 for 5km / 31:24 for 10km
JonathanButlerSwansea Harriers72:24
IfanDafyddEryri HarriersDebut
MahamedMahamedSouthampton ACDebut
ZakariyaMahamedSouthampton ACDebut2022 Northern Ireland International Cross Country Champion
DanielHaymesDerby ACDebut29:56 for 10,000m
ThomasGostelowCharnwood ACDebut30:03 for 10km
JackHutchensBideford ACDebut30:37 for 10km
MorganJamesCardiff ACDebut15:13 for 5km. 31:11 for 10km
ConnorKissane-WoodThames Valley HarriersDebut31:11 for 10km

Start List – Women

NatashaCockramMicky Morris Running Team, Wales72:462020 British Marathon Champion. Welsh Record Holder (Marathon)
KirstyLongleyLiverpool Pembroke & Sefton75:272nd 2021 Rock N Roll Liverpool Half Marathon. 33:35 for 10km
LeilaArmoushLeeds City76:103rd 2021 Malaga Half Marathon. 2nd 2021 Derby 10.
OliviaTsimPontypridd Roadents, Wales76:142nd 2020 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k
ElleTwentymanTaunton AC76:296th 2021 Reading Half Marathon
AlawBeynon-ThomasLes Croupiers76:482021 Cardiff Sunset 10k Champion. 2nd 2021 Brecon Carreg Cardiff 10k
HannahRobinsonBirchfield Harriers77:4716:54 for 5km. 34:55 for 10km
RachelDohertyHigham78:052nd 2022 City of Newport Half Marathon
CarysHughesCardiff AC78:192019 Great West Run Half Marathon Champion. 2018 Richard Burton 10k Champion
HelenSharpeCardiff AC78:26
GeorgiaHoldenQueens Park / Australia79:592nd 2021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon
SionedHowellsAmman Valley Harrriers80:282nd 2021 Richard Burton 10k
HannahPullenWaverley AC80:322020 Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon Champion
ChloeDooleyCardiff AC80:3736:24 for 10km
DonnaMorrisBuilth & District Runners81:1536:11 for 10km
RubyOrchardCornwall AC81:542019 Plymouth 10k Champion. 3rd 2019 Healthspan Porthcawl 10k
LaurenCooperParc Bryn Bach, WalesDebut
AlexEykelboschLeeds CityDebut2022 Speedway 10k Champion. 33:31 for 10km
BronwenOwenLeeds City, WalesDebut2020 Yorkshire Cross Country Champion. 7th 2019 Spar European XC Championships
ImogenWoodCornwall ACDebut2nd 2020 UK Inter-counties XC Championships

Start List – Wheelchairs (Men)

Bret CrossleyLeeds City 48:122021 Yorkshire Marathon Champion. 3rd 2017 Silverstone Half Marathon
SamKolekKirkby AC / Poland50:372nd 2018 Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon. 2nd 2018 Great Scottich Run.
TiaanBoschLeeds City / South Africa51:142018 Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon Champion.
MatthewClarkeBritish Wheelchair Racing Association51:353rd 2021 Vitality Big Half
RichiePowellDSW54:432021 Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run Champion.
RobSmithCoventry Godiva Harriers57:16
GaryCooperCoventry Godiva Harriers59:04

Start List – Wheelchairs (Women)

MelNichollsCoventry Godiva Harriers53:392015 IPC World Silver Medalist 800m. 2017 Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon Champion.
MartynaSnopekWeir Archer Academy63:022018 Great North Run Champion.
EllePageCoventry Godiva Harriers76:00
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