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Clara Evans Is Wales’ Fastest Female Marathon Runner


By Hannah Blackwell

Clara Evans has become Wales’ fastest female marathon runner of all time after smashing the Welsh record for the distance.

The Wales Commonwealth Games star set a new Welsh record of two hours, 25 minutes and four seconds at the Valencia Marathon on Sunday.

Evans, 30, – a member of Pontypridd Roadents club – broke the previous best of two hours, 26 minutes and 14 seconds set by Natasha Cockram last year by one minute and 10 seconds.

The run, which is under the Olympic qualifying standard, was more than four minutes quicker than Evans’ previous best mark, which was set earlier this year.

It also places her seventh on the UK all-time rankings – an impressive rise from a runner who has steadily improved from a decent club runner to the current best female marathon runner in the UK.

Evans finished ninth in the marathon at last year’s Commonwealth Games in a time of 2;38.03.

Her time in Spain was massive 13 minutes better than her run in Birmingham only 16 months ago.

Ethiopia completed a podium sweep in the women’s race with Worknesh Degefa winning in 2:15:51 to go seventh on the world all-time list.

Degefa dropped Rio 2016 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana in the closing stages and finished some 30 seconds clear of her teammate.

Hiwot Gebrekidan was third, just inside 2:18, with the rest of the field outside 2:20.


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