05.10.13  - Cardiff Half Marathon Fun Day -  © Huw Evans Picture Agency

Race Day Information

Click below for an online version of the 2015 race brochure.

Race Times

The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon will start at 10am on Sunday 2nd October. The wheelchair race will start at 9.50am and both races will start on Castle Street. Late starters will not be permitted to take part. Runner number and timing chip Your timing chip will be embedded in your runner number. Please remember to bring your runner number with you on the day as these cannot be re-issued. Please ensure your runner number is safely and clearly pinned to the FRONT of your vest or t-shirt. YOU MUST FILL IN YOUR EMERGENCY DETAILS ON THE BACK OF YOUR NUMBER. Please note: failure to wear your runner number across the starting mat will mean your time will not be recorded.


Race Start

The start of the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is in the heart of the city centre on Castle Street. It’s a five minute walk from Cardiff Central Station and just minutes from a number of car parks. The start will be divided into colour-coded pens that correspond with your race number and your estimated time. Please assemble within the clearly signposted pens and follow the adjacent map for directions to the start. The starting pens open from 8.15am. You are permitted to move back a pen colour but not forward.

If you are looking to drop your bag off before the race, please follow signs to the Runners’ Village and the Baggage Drop from 7.30am.


Timing Pens

Your race number will be in a colour that corresponds to your estimated time.

Please assemble within the clearly signposted colour-coded pens near the start on Castle Street. For safety reasons, runners must assemble in the correct colour pen. Please allow enough time to walk to the start and assemble. Pens will open at 8.15am.

The race will have a staggered wave start to ensure that all runners cross the start line as safely as possible.

Colours are as follows:

Sub 1:45    White*              Sub 2.00       Red

Sub 2:15    Green                Over 2:15+     Yellow

*NB: White is sub-divided into elite and sub 1.30 areas on the morning.


Baggage Area

The baggage tents will be open at 7.30am. Baggage tents for those with a white number will be located in Bute Park en route to the start. Please refer to the race start map for the exact location. All other baggage will be located on Museum Avenue and in the museum car park near the Runners’ Village. Please refer to the village and baggage map in this brochure for an exact location. All runners are allowed to deposit one bag which must display your baggage label which is a tear-off strip on the bottom of your race number. Please attach the label before your arrival. Bags can be collected after the race upon receipt of your runner number. Only runners and staff will have access to this area. Items not collected after baggage closure will be held at the Event Information tent in the Runners’ Village. The following day they will be taken to the Cardiff Half Marathon office. Please contact the events team to arrange collection at cardiffhalfmarathon@run4wales.org or on 029 2166 0790. It is strongly advised that you leave valuables at home. Race organisers cannot be held responsible if items go missing or are damaged. We will do our utmost to safeguard your baggage, but the area is not secured.


Presentation Ceremony

The prize ceremony will take place at 11.30am near the finish line. Age category winners’ prizes will be posted. Presentations will be made to race winners and to medallists in the British Championship and Welsh Championships. For details of prizes, visit www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk.


Commemorative T-shirts

All runners will receive a commemorative Brooks technical sports t-shirt upon completion of the race. There will be four sizes of t-shirt available: small, medium, large and extra-large. Please look for the signs and listen to the instructions of the race supervisors and volunteers to ensure you pick up your correct size as you will not be able to return into the post-finish area once you have exited.


Toilet Facilities

There will be several banks of toilets around the Civic Centre in the Runners’ Village and on the way to the start, including:

  • On King Edward V11 Avenue, outside the Law Courts • On Boulevard de Nantes, outside the Law Courts • Near the starting pens There will be several toilets positioned within the first mile (Urination on the street will result in disqualification and a ban from the event in future). Race officials will be monitoring for offenders. (Due to previous concerns this has become an enforced requirement for the race).


Lost Property

There will be a lost property point situated at the Event Information point in the Runners’ Village. Beyond race weekend, please contact the events team at cardiffhalfmarathon@run4wales.org or on 029 2166 0790.


Road Closures

There will be a rolling road closure in operation along the course. The majority of roads will reopen three hours after the start at 1pm. If there are still runners on the course they will be asked to continue on the pavements to allow the roads to be re-opened.

Visit www.cardifhalfmarathon.co.uk for more detailed information on road closures.


Your Safety

If at any time during the race you feel unable to continue, please stop, rest and locate the nearest marshal for advice. Medical teams will be on hand around the course, as well as at the start and finish areas. The primary and secondary medical tents will be situated near the finish line and post-finish area respectively. IT IS VITAL that you ensure the medical information on the back of your runner number has been completed. It is your responsibility to inform the organisers if you have any special medical conditions.

In the unlikely event of any major incident, the Race Director and Emergency Services have the right to:


  • Alter or shorten the route, but still provide a race if possible • Stop the race at any time if deemed necessary This would be in circumstances beyond the control of race organisers and no refunds would be given.


Race Pacers

Race pacers will be on the course wearing sail flags that correspond to your runner number colour/estimated finish time. They are a friendly bunch and there to enhance your experience so look out for them and say hello!

Meeting Points

Meeting points will be positioned in front of the Museum of Wales in the Runners’ Village.


Lost Children

If you have lost a child or find a lost child on event day, please report it as soon as possible to the nearest event steward, security staff or police on site during the day. Alternatively report to the Event Information tent in front of City Hall where lost children will be looked after or reported.



Welsh Half Marathon Championships

The Cardiff University, Cardiff Half Marathon is home to the Welsh Half Marathon Championships.

The top three male and female Welsh runners will be presented with Welsh Championship medals. If you want to compete in the Welsh Championships please ensure that you fulfil the following criteria:  To be declared Welsh and compete in the Welsh Championships at the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon, the runner must have birth, parentage (one or both parents born in Wales), residence (two years continuous prior to the event) or retention (having retained a residence eligibility) qualifications. The above criteria will have needed to have been checked and confirmed in writing by the Welsh Athletics Office prior to the event”. All of the above is subject to approval from Welsh Athletics. Full results and medals will be posted after the event. For any further enquires please contact Jacqueline Brace at jacqueline.brace@welshathletics.org.


Photography and Video

Photographs and video footage will be taken at the race, which you will be able to purchase from our official photographers Marathon Photos (www.marathon-photos.com). All event images may be used by Run 4 Wales to publicise this event.



Brecon Carreg water will be available to runners around the course and also at the finish. A MaxiNutrition Gel will be provided in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay. A Lucozade drink will also be provided along the course.

It is not recommended to use a gel on race day without prior use.


Race Day Parking, Car Sharing and Bike Park

There will be a Park & Walk service in operation at Cardiff City Stadium on the day, just a short one mile walk from the start.

Go green, travel by two wheels and lock your bikes up for free to avoid traffic and parking. There will be a bike park in operation in Gorsedd Gardens next to the Runners’ Village for anyone cycling to the race.

We also encourage runners to use www.gocarshare.com to find and share lifts with other participants, saving everyone money and hassle getting to the event.

For detailed information on where to park on race day, please refer to the following website as well as www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk for further updates closer to race day. Please visit www.en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/cardiff or www.cardiff.gov.uk


The Cardiff University, Cardiff Half Marathon is proud to be a member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), featuring as part of a long list of international distance running events. Please take the time to explore the long calendar of races taking place around the world throughout 2014 and see where running might take you… http://aimsworldrunning.com/Calendar.htm


The Cardiff University, Cardiff Half Marathon has been awarded a Bronze Label by the IAAF.