Kenya Beat the Rest of the World to Win the Cardiff Half-Marathon

Boniface Kongin and Joan Chelimo, both from Kenya, were the first male and female respectively, to cross the finish line in the just concluded Cardiff Half-Marathon in Wales.

 

Runners from all over the world come to Cardiff to take part in the half marathon. About 17,500 runners pounded the streets of the capital in the annual 13.1-mile race. There were 2,000 more runners this year compared to 2013, and 21,000 people had applied to run the race.

Last year’s winner – who remains the race record holder – Kenya’s Loitarakwai Lengurisi came second this year. Boniface crossed the finish line outside the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in a time of 62:02, 11 seconds short of the record set in 2013 of 61:51.

The 2014 half marathon started outside the castle and the course headed through Riverside, Grangetown and Llandough.

Runners then headed back towards the city through Penarth and over the barrage before racing up Lloyd George Avenue and into Roath via Richmond Road and Albany Road.

The course then went towards the north of the city, looping around Roath Park Lake before the last leg of the race saw runners come down Fairoak Road and Cathays Terrace, reaching the finishing line outside the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on North Road.

Castle Street and North Road closed at 04:00 BST on Sunday and will remain shut for most of the day but most roads which were closed on a rolling basis were due to be re-opened by 14:00 BST.

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