Charlotte Arter again enjoyed a productive weekend as she ran a Welsh half-marathon record at the Barcelona Half-Marathon.

Arter, originally from Stockdalewath, near Dalston, improved her personal best with a time of 69:40 on Sunday.

Her performance was 16 seconds quicker than the previous fastest half-marathon by a Welsh female athlete – 69:56 ran by Susan Tooby (now Wightman) in 1988 – and sees her jump from 21st to eighth on the UK all-time rankings.

In the men’s race, Kevin Seaward finished 14th after running inside 64 minutes for the first time in a PB of 63:38. Dan Studley crossed the finish line in 17th place, running 63:58.

The overall victories went to Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui and Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje.

“Well @mitjabarcelona certainly didn’t disappoint,” the 27-year-old said on Twitter. “Thanks @WelshAthletics for a fab trip, it’s been a good one.”

Last week, Charlotte Purdue also ran inside 70 minutes for the first time.

Both will race at The Big Half next month in London. At that event last year, former Austin Friars School pupil Arter was the third woman across the line, behind Purdue and Lily Partridge.

Arter, who became a full-time athlete at the turn of the year, taking a break from her role at Cardiff University, started the year by breaking the Parkrun world record in Cardiff.