The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon 100 Club was established in 2015 by race organisers Run 4 Wales.

Each year we award 100 free places in the race to enthusiastic new runners looking to make a change in their lives and use the event as a vehicle to improve their health and well-being.

100 members of the public who have never ran a half marathon before are recruited and offered a free space in the race, plus 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 or celebrity coach.

In 2016, the 100 were trained by Welsh rugby legend Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas, and featured in the BBC television series Alfie’s Angels.




Alfie is back for 2017, but this time he is looking to get young people off the sofa and into their running shoes!

Gareth Thomas helped our 100 Club band of ‘Alfie’s Angels’ go from novice runners to half marathon finishers in 2016, but this time around he is inviting 100 young men and women aged 18-21 to join our 100 Club, this year knicknamed ‘Alfie’s Army’.

Run 4 Wales, Gareth and international running coach James Thie will help 100 young people to kickstart a healthier lifestyle and support them in their journey from sofa to 21km over a four month period.

We are looking for teams of five (teams of 3 or 4 will be considered) who have never taken part in any running event over 5km to apply. Two of the teams will be featured in the upcoming BBC TV series Alfie’s Army. Although the other 18 teams will not appear on the main body of the programme, they will still be a part of Alfie’s Army and receive the same great support and benefits detailed below.



To apply your team will need to be aged between 18-21 on race day (Sunday 1st October 2017) and must be novice runners who have never taken part in any running event over 5 kilometers in length.



To get you fit and ready to tackle 13.1 miles on Sunday 1st October, you will need to follow a 16 week training programme. This programme has been put together by international running coach James Thie, Alfie and Run 4 Wales. The programme is tried and tested, and in the past 3 years over 200 novice runners of all ages and abilities have completed the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon by following it. Our youngest runner was 17, our oldest 63.



As part of the Alfie’s Army experience, TWO of the twenty teams will be filmed as they follow their training programme for the BBC Wales television series. The other 18 teams will not appear on the main body of the TV programmes, but will be featured on race day itself.



Self-motivation is key to completing the challenge. This is why the 100 Club is made up of teams, not individuals – who can support each other. Alfie, James and Run 4 Wales will offer the tools required to take on the challenge, but only you can train your body and your mind to complete it. Whilst 18 of the teams in the 100 Club will not be featured on the main body of the TV programme, they will receive:

  • A free place in the race
  • A step-by-step 16 week training plan, developed by Alfie and James Thie
  • Advice on nutrition and hydration
  • Updates and coaching tips
  • Access to a Facebook support group where you can post questions to experts and race organisers, and share progress with the rest of the 100 Club. Swap advice, tips and anecodates with the rest of the Club!
  • The chance to meet Alfie at an Official Launch event, at a 10K training run, on the eve-of-the half marathon and on race day itself
  • Video messages from Alfie and James to spur you on during the four month plan



Whilst Gareth has developed the training programme with James Thie and Run 4 Wales, he will not be there in person to take you through every step of the process. You will however get the chance to meet, chat and interact with him on the following occasions:

  • Official launch day
  • 10K training run (approximately 4 weeks before the half marathon)
  • An eve-of-the half marathon get together
  • Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon race day.



You can apply now via our online application form. We ask that one member of the team (the Team Captain) fills out our online application form, with their details and details of their team members. If you have any questions or queries, or would like to submit any images or videos along with your application please email The deadline for applications is 31st May.

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Be sure to register your team/running group with Run Wales (the Welsh Athletics social running programme) too for ongoing support and half marathon training plans.