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World Half Marathon Championships

CARDIFF AWARDED WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Welsh Athletics and Run 4 Wales (the events company behind the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon) have successfully bid for the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships.

For information on how to get involved in the World Half Marathon Championship in 2016, visit the event website at www.cardiff2016.co.uk and sign up for the newsletter to hear first when tickets are going on sale.


WHAT IS THE WORLD HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS?

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is a bi-annual half marathon competition organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

In 2014 the World Half Marathon Championships arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 21st running of the event since first establishing in Gateshead in 1992.

The race on Sat 26th March is sure to see another world-class field of athletes competing for the title, and with another a flat, fast and highly competitive course, the race is expected to be extremely well contested.

146 athletes from 41 nations competed at the 2012 event in Kavarna, Bulgaria, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea won the men’s title in 60:19. Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 68:55. The total IAAF prize pot totalled US$ 245,000.


WORLD HALF MARATHON FACTS AND FIGURES

Liz McColgan and Paul Radcliffe (on three occasions) have won the women’s title, but no British male athlete has come home first.

No fewer than 17 of the 20 titles to date have gone to African athletes, with Kenya winning 10 titles.

South Shields staged the inaugural championships in 1992 and the championships have also been held in Bristol in 2001 and Birmingham in 2009.

Steve Brace, race director of the Cardiff Half Marathon, competed in the inaugural World Half Marathon Championship coming 31st overall.


 FOR MORE INFORMATION…

Cardiff 2016: www.cardiff2016.co.uk

IAAF: http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-half-marathon-championships