Run Wales, Welsh Athletics’ social running programme and Run 4 Wales, organisers of the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon have teamed to help celebrate the rise of women’s running at this year’s race as part of the #WhyWeRun campaign.

The campaign was launched to celebrate the fact that for the first time in the events 16-year history, female runners are expected to make up the majority of participants.

100 free places for a once in a lifetime race day experience on Sunday 6th October have been made available to women who are part of a Run Wales registered social running group.

We’re looking for teams of between 5 and 10 women from registered social running groups (registering your group is free) who are new to the half marathon distance. Hardened, experienced half marathon runners need not apply – but women who have not taken on 13.1 miles before and are up for the challenge are encouraged to get involved.

Eve took part in a similar initiative at the Cardiff Half in 2016:

Running has truly changed my life for the better, I’ve made new friends for life, I’m healthier and happier and wouldn’t change it for the world and I would have never said that three years ago.

You can read Eve’s story here.

WHAT DO WINNERS RECEIVE?

  • A free 2019 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon race entry
  • A 12-week half-marathon training programme
  • Access to a closed digital support group on Facebook
  • VIP start experience at Cardiff Castle
  • Exclusive baggage area
  • Post-race reception
  • Invite to at least 2 training events
  • A Run Wales 100 training t-shirt and race day t-shirt
  • Goodies from Cardiff Half sponsors
  • A DW Fitness First gym day pass

HOW DO WE APPLY?

  • Get a team together of between 5 and 10 runners from your Run Wales registered social running group
  • Complete an application form, before 5pm on the 4th July – and tell us about your group and your runners including #WhyWeRun in no more than 300 words here.
  • Send us a video and/or picture via social media helping explain why we should pick your group @RunWales and @CardiffHalf 
  • If you haven’t done so already, make sure to register your group here

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?

  • To complete an application form by 5pm on the 4th July here.
  • To be part of a Run Wales registered group (registering is free)
  • Be available to attend a welcome event and a training run, both in Cardiff on 27th July and 7th September
  • Be happy to be filmed and have your picture taken
  • To share your stories and training journey with us
  • Wear Run Wales branded clothing at the training event and on race day
  • Make sure you have read the full T&C’s and are happy to abide by them