Cheddar runners Jenny McNamara and Sarah Landen took part in the mass start of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championship race in Cardiff on Sunday 26th March. Weather conditions were extremely challenging with 40mph winds, driving rain and hail greeting runners on the flat and usually fast course, which passed landmarks such as Cardiff Castle, Penarth Marina and the Wales Millennium Centre. The hardy duo put in exceptional runs to both walk away with personal best times despite the inclement conditions, which saw the leader of the men’s elite race, Geoffrey Kamworor, almost blown off his feet in the final mile.
McNamara finally broke the 90-minute barrier with 1:29:23, finishing seventh of 884 ladies in the V35 category and 56th female over the line, putting her in the top 1% of female runners. Landen knocked a minute off her previous best to finish in 1:35:48, finishing 89th in the 1800-strong Senior Female category and in the top 3% of female runners.
The post-race warm down run was abandoned in favour of a finger-thawing cup of tea and hot crossed bun!