Dutch courage: Clara Evans smashed her marathon best to move second on Welsh all-time list in Rotterdam clocking a European qualifying time in process.

Clara Evans And Josh Griffiths Shatter Half Marathon PBs On Antrim Coast

By Owen Morgan

Welsh running duo Clara Evans and Josh Griffiths both set personal bests at the star-studded Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Cardiff athlete Evans rose to the occasion with a fine run to finish third behind Olympic hopeful Lily Partridge, of Birchfield Harriers, and Charnwood’s Sam Harrison.

Evans crossed the line in a time of 1:12.21 to surpass her previous best of 1:12.29 set at the Barcelona Half Marathon in February of this year.

It’s the second time Evans has been in action across the Irish Sea since the resumption of athletic competition, having won the women’s 10K in Lisburn last month.

The 26-year-old is due to be back competing on Welsh soil in Cardiff next Friday where she has been named as part of an impressive invitational elite field at the Cardiff Sunset 5K endurance pilot event organised by Welsh Athletics.

Griffiths sharpened up for next month’s elite only London Marathon as he also clocked a new PB for the distance.

Swansea Harrier Josh Griffiths in top form heading to London Marathon

The Swansea Harrier finished sixth as Sir Mo Farah won a race which, with this weekend’s Great North Run having been cancelled, attracted a high-quality field in Larne on Saturday morning.

Griffiths crossed in 1:03.08, beating his previous best of 1:03.33, which like Evans, was set in Barcelona earlier this year.

The race was won by three-time World 10,000m Champion and two-time Olympic 10,000m gold-medallist Mo Farah in a time of 1:00.27.

Marc Scott was second, while fifth was Cardiff Athletics club member and Northern Irish international Kevin Seward in 1:03.05.

Griffiths will also face a top-quality field at the London Marathon, including world record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

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