Josh Griffiths (runner)

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Josh Griffiths (born 3 November 1993) is a Welsh marathon runner. He finished 13th at the 2017 London Marathon, and was the first Briton to finish, in a time of 2:14:49. His unexpected performance earned him a place at the 2017 World Championships.[1]

Josh Griffiths
2017 London Marathon - Josh Griffiths.jpg
Josh Griffiths at the 2017 London Marathon
Personal information
National teamGreat Britain
Born (1993-11-03) 3 November 1993 (age 28)
Alma materCardiff Metropolitan University
CountryUnited Kingdom
Event(s)Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM
ClubSwansea Harriers
Coached bySelf Coached
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon: 2:14:25 (2019), 10KM: 28:57 (2019)
Updated on 12 Dec 2019.

Running careerEdit

Griffiths's debut marathon was at the London Marathon on 23 April 2017. Representing his club, Swansea Harriers, he started the race alongside other club runners, behind the elite athletes. He finished the race in 2:14:49 in thirteenth place overall, the first of the British runners. His performance gained him qualification to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in London in 2017.[2] The marathon was held on 6 August,[3] and Griffiths completed the race in a time of 2:20.06 to finish in 39th place.[4]

In 2021 Griffiths placed 8th in the London Marathon on 3 October. [5]

He is a self-coached athlete.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Griffiths, aged 23 at the time of the 2017 London Marathon, lives in his family's home in rural West Wales.[7] He studied at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and graduated with a master's degree in sports coaching in July 2017.[2][7]


  1. ^ "London Marathon 2017: Club runner Josh Griffiths finishes as fastest Briton". BBC Sport. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bloom, Ben (29 April 2017). "Britain's top finisher at London Marathon Josh Griffiths on how his life has been turned upside down". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ "LONDON 2017: BRITISH ATHLETICS NAMES MARATHON AND 50KM WALK TEAM". British Athletics. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "World Championships 2017: Mixed day for Welsh athletes in London". 6 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  5. ^ Virgin Money London Marathon 2021: Results. (2021, October 3). Virgin Money London Marathon.
  6. ^ "Josh Griffiths: Club runner to coach himself for 2017 World Championships". BBC Sport. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Bloom, Ben (6 August 2017). "Josh Griffiths, student who stunned London Marathon field, on low key preparations for big stage". Retrieved 13 August 2017.