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Cardiff Met Awards Leading British London Marathon Runner a Bursary to Support Training



Josh Griffiths with the University's Performance Director of Athletics, James Thie

Swansea Harriers runner Josh Griffiths, the first Brit across the London Marathon 2017 finish line, has recently been awarded a bursary from Cardiff Metropolitan University Athletics Club to help support him with his London World Championships preparation.

The 23-year-old Cardiff Met MA student finished the London Marathon in just two hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, winning an automatic qualification for August's World Championships.

Josh returned to the University campus this week for the first time since his win to receive his bursary at state-of-the-art National Indoor Athletics Centre. Josh was presented with a cheque for £250 as a special support bursary by his university coach and the University's Performance Director of Athletics, James Thie, Head of Performance at Cardiff Metropolitan Athletics Club, Matt Wood, Director of Sport, Chris Jennings and Assistant Director of Sport, Owen Rogers.   

Josh Griffiths said: "I'm delighted to receive this additional Cardiff Met Athletics Club bursary, as every bit of support will help my London 2017 preparations. I can't wait to run on the new outdoor track- it looks and feels fantastic!"

James Thie was Josh's coach for four years during his undergraduate studies and was at the finish line in his capacity as part of the Marathon's Elite team.

James said: "We have always aimed to recognise and give reward to fantastic performances and achievement. Josh's British Championship win at London Marathon was brilliant and qualifying for the World Championships is the stuff dreams are made of. He has always been a keen supporter and member of the Cardiff Met teams and it has been great to have our university associated with his recent success."