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Cardiff at the Marathon

Thursday 19 April 2012

Cardiff will be strongly represented in the Mini Marathon on Sunday next, 22nd April, with nine club members amongst the 36 selected for the Welsh Schools. And, in the men's race, Cardiff's Alex Hains (pictured) will be looking to make an impact in his second full marathon, having made his first excursion over the distance in Houston in January when he ran in support of his girlfriend Ava Hutchinson's successful attempt to gain the Olympic qualifying time. Alex is stepping up to the Marathon where he now sees his future in the sport.

He has enjoyed a recent improvement in form which sees him in pb shape at the moment. Hains ran 64:30 at the Marakech Half Marathon in February which is the fastest time by a Welshman for about ten years and indicates that Alex can realistically hope to similarly run the best time by a Welsh athlete in the marathon for some time.

The Mini Marathon is run over the last three miles of the actual marathon course and athletes will be competing for Welsh Schools against teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as nine English Regional teams and thirty three London Borough teams. Cardiff's athletes who are competing are;

U17 Men - Michael Ward, Matthew Edwards
U15 Boys - John Cove, Ciaran Lewis
U13 Boys - Jake Heyward

U17 Women - Rebecca Evans
U15 Girls - Ellie Atkinson, Kate Seary
U13 Girls - Seren Allin

Welsh Schools chairman Kath Elias wishes all thirty six "Good Luck" She added that "This will be a really tough challenge.  I very much hope that you will enjoy the experience and that it will encourage you train harder and improve your performances in the years ahead."

Look out for them on the TV!

A video of Alex’s preparations for the London Marathon can be found at http://www.laneone.org/ .