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Cardiff University expresses delight at continued involvement

After backing two of the biggest sporting events staged in Cardiff this year, the Cardiff University Vice Chancellor, Colin Riordan, expressed his delight at the university’s continued involvement in the race.

Cardiff University were title sponsors of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the Welsh capital in March and picked up the headline role with the Cardiff Half Marathon this month

“I think it’s a wonderful thing for Cardiff University to be involved in an event like this”, said Riordan.

“It’s really important for Cardiff and great to help promote mass participation in sport which is so important for public health. I’m really delighted that Cardiff University is part of it.”

With the Welsh capital bathed in sunshine, thousands of spectators turned out to watch the 13 mile race as over 17,000 runners took part. And Riordan was full of praise for the fans that turned out to watch the race.

He said: “It’s a splendid atmosphere here in beautiful weather. It’s great to see the spirit and enthusiasm and also to see so many supporters here as well.”

Riordan, who has been President and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University since 2012, believes the university will continue its support of the event as it closes in on overtaking the Great North Run as the most popular half marathon in the United Kingdom.

“It’s an event we’ll look to support in the immediate future it’s a great thing to be doing”.