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

Race Day Information

Click below for an online version of last year’s race brochure. 2015’s race brochure will be uploaded closer to the start of the race.



Updated race day information will be uploaded closer to the start of the event.

Race Times

The Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon will start at 9.00am on Sunday 4th October. The wheelchair race will start at 8.50am 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.


Please note: failure to wear your runner number across the starting mat will mean your time will not be recorded.

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.

Colours are as follows:

Sub 1:30 –  White            Sub 1:45   –   Orange

Sub 2:00  –  Green           Over 2:00  –  Yellow

Baggage Area

The baggage tents will be open at 7.30am on King Edward VII Avenue, near the Runners’ Village in the Civic Centre.

All runners are allowed to deposit one bag which must display your baggage label; 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 General Information point. The following day, they will be taken to the Cardiff Half Marathon office. Please contact the events team to arrange collection at cardiffhalfmarathon@runwales.org.uk 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 five sizes of t-shirt available: x-small, 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

• On City Hall Road

There will be several banks of 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 General Information point in the Runners’ Village. Beyond race weekend, please contact the events team at cardiffhalfmarathon@runwales.org.uk or on 029 2166 0790.

Road closures

There will be a rolling road closure in operation along the course. The majority of roads will re-open three hours after the start at 12 noon. 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.

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! Many thanks to the experienced runners who have agreed to be pacers for this year’s race.

Meeting Points

Meeting points will be positioned on the Museum steps in the Civic Centre for repatriation.

British Half Marathon Championships

The top three male and female British runners will be presented with British Championship medals.

If you wish to compete in the British Championships, please ensure that you fulfil the following criteria: “Athletes competing in the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 5th October 2014 will be deemed eligible for UK Championships and the Grand Prix, if they fulfil the criteria to be eligible to compete for Great Britain & Northern Ireland in competition”.

Welsh Half Marathon Championships

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

Race Day Parking

For detailed information on where to park on race day, please refer to the following websites, 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

There will be a Park & Walk service will be in place at Cardiff City Football Stadium from 6.30am. The cost of parking will be £2 with all profits going to our charity partner Barnardo’s. Please allow enough time to make the 1 mile journey to the race start.  Cars parked at the Cardiff City Stadium are parked at your own risk. There are thousands of parking spaces in Cardiff City Centre. Parking spaces in Cardiff Bay are extremely limited. Please note that the road network gets incredibly busy so please plan your journey carefully and allow plenty of time to get to the start. For detailed information on where to park on race day, please refer to the following websites, 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

How To Get To The Start

The race start is on Castle Street in the heart of Cardiff. It is a five minute walk from the runners’ village and will be clearly signposted. Please leave enough time to get to the start and enter the correct pen and refer to the start map detailed in the race brochure.

Elite Entry

Those requesting elite entry please contact alex.donald@welshatheltics.org

The Lloyds Bank 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