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Dewi Griffiths and Jenny Nesbitt will be among the athletes in action when the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon plays host to the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships on Sunday.

Runners from around the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Empire Games in Cardiff when they take part in a race that is expected to have a field of around 25,000.

Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have teams entered, along with strong representations from countries like Kenya and Uganda, while athletes from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand are making the trip.

Griffths leads the host nation hopes following the injury which ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

The Swansea Harrier is joined in the Welsh squad by Josh Griffiths, Kristian Jones and Andy Davies, while Nesbitt, Caryl Jones, Rosie Evans and Clara Edwards complete the team.

The England team features Cardiff AAC’s Matt Clowes, Mohamud Aaden and Daniel Studley, although Ben Connor has withdrawn due to injury.

The English women’s team, meanwhile, is Tracy Barlow, Gemma Steel, Rebecca Murray and Dani Nimmock.

The Scottish team includes newly-wed Steph Twell. She is joined by Fiona Brian and Annabel Simpson, while the men’s team features Kenny Wilson, John Newsom and Mike Crawley.

Paul Pollock heads the Northern Ireland team and is joined by Andrew Annett, Eoghan Totten and Conor Bradley.

Kenya will be hard to beat, though, with their team including last year’s Cardiff Half Marathon champion John Lotiang.

Lotiang smashed the course record with 60:42 last year and will be joined by team-mates Joseph Nzioki and Daniel Muteti, while Flomena Daniel leads their women’s line-up.

Uganda could prove to be the biggest threat to Kenya after they named a former mountain running world champion in their men’s team. Fred Musobu won on the mountains of Betws-Y-Coed in North Wales back in 2015. He will be out to improve on his half-marathon best of 61:38 alongside the 2017 Ugandan 10,000m champion Timothy Toroitich, Felix Chemonges and Vitalis Kwemoi.

Elsewhere, the Australian team includes Dejen Gebreselassie, who was born to Ethiopian parents in a Sudan refugee camp but moved to Tasmania aged 10.

Source: AW

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