The 100 Club is made up of enthusiastic new runners looking to make a change in their lives and use the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon as a vehicle to improve their health and well-being. Every year, we recruit 100 members of the public who have never ran a half marathon before – offering them a free space in the race and a whole host of training goodies and support, including an invite to an exclusive training event where they receive hints and tips from an endurance expert.
In 2016, the 100 Club will be trained by Welsh rugby legend Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas, who is on the lookout for a super-sized group of runners to feature in Series Two of ‘Alife’s Angels’ on BBC Wales.
After the success of last year’s Alfie’s Angels – when Thomas coached 16 women from the village of Deri to complete the Cardiff Half Marathon – the former rugby star is returning for a second series of the BBC Wales programme Run For Your Life.
This year Thomas will train 100 ‘Angels’, both men and women, to complete the iconic 13.1m course around the capital, which was used for the prestigious IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in March.
Those chosen to be part of ‘Alfie’s Angels’ will be given a free place in this year’s race on Sunday 2 October plus goodies from event sponsors including Arriva Trains Wales, Brooks Running UK and Brecon Carreg.
Once again the programme will focus on people who have never run a half marathon before but want to use the race to kick-start a healthier lifestyle.
Gareth Thomas said: “Last year I took 16 totally unfit women from Deri and put them through 16 weeks of hell.
“There were plenty of tears and laughs along the way but in the end they all crossed the finish line of the Cardiff Half Marathon.
“It was a life changing experience for them and me and I’m ready to do it all again.
“This time I’m going to super-size it, I’m looking for 100 people, so if anyone thinks this could be for them all they have to do is get into a group of five and get in touch.”
To apply to be one of the lucky 100, visit www.alfiesangels.com.
Find out more about the 2015 100 Club by clicking here.