This year’s Swansea Half Marathon promises to be a combative affair for the 2015 winner Dewi Griffiths with several contenders vying for his title.
All eyes will be upon Swansea Harriers and GB international Dewi Griffiths when he lines up with the rest of the elite athletes on Sunday 26 June. This race favourite and exceptional race ambassador is a well-respected figure in his hometown and will be keen to impress with a successful defence of his half marathon title.
Winning the 2016 race would make him the first man to record back-to-back victories; however, New Zealand born Paul Martelletti, Cardiff-based Michael Kallenberg and two fellow Swansea Harrier teammates have other ideas. They are indicative of the strength and depth in this year’s elite field with each runner boasting an outstanding pedigree in their own right.
Paul Martelletti lives in London but runs for his home country and during his career has posted 2:17:26 at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon and a string of half marathon wins in the UK and the United States. The 36-year-old has recorded a half marathon personal best (PB) of 1:04:18, only marginally behind Griffiths who is in top form at the moment. With victories at the British, Welsh and Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships and a new PB at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships whilst running for team GB.
Cardiff’s Michael Kallenberg is another strong contender for the title with a third place finish at the 2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. He also came 8th at the World 50K Championships in December 2015.
Griffiths faces a local challenge from two fellow Swansea Harriers – Josh Griffiths (PB 1:06:28) and Angus McLean (PB 1:08:25) who came second and third in the 2015 race and will be looking to improve on those performances.
In the women’s elite field, last year’s winner Emma Wookey of Lliswerry Runners has withdrawn due to injury, paving the way for a new champion from a talented line-up.