Wales

Cardiff Half Marathon atmosphere 'electric'

Crowds lined the streets of the capital to cheer on the elite athletes and fun runners who took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race has become the third biggest of its kind in Britain, behind the London Marathon and the Great North Run.

An estimated 17,500 runners took part, about 2,000 more than in 2013.

Equally impressive were the crowds who lined the streets to cheer the runners.

Ieuan Thomas, the first Welsh runner to finish the race, said the atmosphere had been "electric".

Image caption A throng of runners gathered outside Cardiff Castle for the start of the race at 09:00 BST
Image caption As the runners warmed up, BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad spoke to former athlete Jamie Baulch and former marathon world record holder Steve Jones
Image caption Elite athletes started the race first, followed by club runners and fun runners
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Image caption Runners said the support they received around the course, such as here near Roath Park lake, gave them a huge boost
Image caption Kenyan athlete Boniface Kongin won the race in a time of 62:02, 11 seconds off the course record
Image caption Those who crossed the finish line received a medal and race T-shirt
Image caption The first Welsh runner to cross the finish line was Ieuan Thomas (right), who was running his first half marathon race. He completed it in a time of 65:37.
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Image caption Amateur runners, like Paul Edwards, were also delighted to complete the course.
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Image caption Mark Orchard and Rod Jones both clocked personal best times in the race, adding that it was a "great course, fab city".
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Image caption Members of the Pontypridd Roadents running club celebrated with athletes from Kenya

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