An entire day of athletic entertainment to get you and your family’s heart racing.

The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is more than just 13 miles on a Sunday morning! We kick off the running fever on Saturday morning with a full day of fun activities, entertainment and running for all ages and abilities to take part in.

Whether you’re a club runner and want to have a go at our 3K race yourself, simply sit back and watch some of the best club athletes take on our all-new 3K course, or have a go in our family fun run and toddler races, there’s lots to get your pulse racing.

With smiling faces, fancy dress, and (fingers crossed) a bright blue sky, the Cardiff University Festival of Running will once again prove to be a thrilling start to the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon weekend.

We encourage people to run for our charity partner NSPCC. If you choose to run for #TeamNSPCC, you’ll be running to rebuild the lives of children who have been abused in the UK. As a team, you’ll be preventing any more abuse and neglect.



Time: 12:00

Price: £9 or £30 for a family/group of 4. Entry also available on the day!

Distance: 2.4km

Route: 2 laps around the Cardiff Civic Centre, starting outside Cardiff City Hall

Get the whole family involved in the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon race weekend by signing up to the Cardiff University, Family Fun Run on Saturday 6th October.

Perfectly suited to all ages and abilities, the 2.4km route loops twice around Cardiff’s Civic Centre, Alexandria Gardens and North Road.

There’s no pressure to record fast times or even run all the way round. Instead, dig out your best fancy dress, drag along the rest of your family and friends and enjoy the experience. There’ll be plenty to keep you going all the way round and with a vibrant atmosphere and loads of support from the crowd, you’ll be round the course in no time with a big beaming smile across your face. On completion of the race, each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt and medal.

There are no age limits for the race, but children under eight must be accompanied by an adult, and unaccompanied children must be brought to the start and met at the fun run exit. A race pack will be sent to you in the post.

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Please note, you must register by 24th September to receive a race pack in the post. Entries after this date must collect a pack from the Event Info Hub (a limited number of collection packs will be available, so register early to avoid disappointment). 



Q. Is there an age limit?

A. There is no set age limit for the Family Fun Run. However, any runners aged 8 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the race. Event organisers have the right to prevent any unaccompanied runners (who are under the required age) from running.

Q. Are pushchairs allowed on the course?

A. Yes, for this particular race pushchairs are allowed.

Q. Are there more details about the Fun Run route?

A. The route starts and finishes in front of Cardiff City Hall (near College Road junction) and will take runners around Cardiff Civic Centre (Alexandra Gardens & North Road). The route equates to a distance of 2.4km.

Q. Are runners allowed to wear fancy dress?

A. Fancy dress is very much welcomed. However, it is important that costumes are in no way offensive.

Q. What is a race pack?

A. Each runner will receive a Fun Run Race pack before the event if they have registered online. This will contain all relevant information regarding the race, as well as a race number.

Q. How fit do you have to be to complete the course?

A. The Family Fun Run welcomes participants of all fitness levels.  In previous years some participants have preferred to walk the whole course, particularly if they are accompanied by children.



Time: 11:30

Price: £2, which will be donated to our Lead Charity Partner, NSPCC. Entry also available on the day.

A fun 100m dash in front of Cardiff’s City Hall, aimed at children agred three and under.



Price: £6

Times: 13:00 – 14:00 in the following order:

13:00 – U13/U15 Girls 3km

13:20 – U13/U15 Boys 3km

Competitions for under 13’s shall be confined to competitors who are age 11 on the day of competition or 12 on 31st August 2018.

Competitions for under 15’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on the 31st August 2018.

13:40 – U17/U20 Women 3km

14:00 – U17/U20 Men 3km

Competitions for under 17’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 15 and 16 on 31st August 2018.

Competitions for under 20’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 17, 18 and 19 on 31st August 2018.

In 2018, we will be offering 3km races for club runners in U13 through to U20 age groups. These will replace the Welsh Mile Championships that were offered in recent years.

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Time: 11:50

Come and cheer on your favourite mascot as they compete for the ultimate prize in the 100m Mascot race. Last year’s race saw a hugely competitive field lineup on the start line, and this year many will be back to compete again alongside some other hotly tipped mascots.



Time: All Day

If you and your family still have energy to burn, throughout the day you’ll also find a host of Come and Try sports activities to take part in. Provided by Welsh Athletics and Sport Cardiff, you’ll find all sorts of sports to take part in and have a go at on the City Hall lawns. Come along for free on the day and explore everything on offer.


Time: All Day

Throughout the day there will be an exciting mix of live music, food and street entertainment to dive in to and keep everyone entertained. So, even if you’re not taking part in any of the events, there will be plenty to see and do.