R4W is committed to being as inclusive as possible and welcomes athletes with health issues, disabilities or accessibility needs. This page summarises everything you need to know about the Principality Cardiff Half from an accessibility standpoint including the entry process, cut-off times, course profile and the support we can offer.
The event has been tried and tested with positive feedback from athletes with accessibility needs. Tens of thousands of runners and countless more spectators make for an incredible atmosphere, which can be an overwhelming experience for some.
The route is predominately flat but wheelchair users should be aware of a steep hill at 12 miles (Fairoak Road) and ramps on the approach to Cardiff Bay (at around mile 6).
Disabled parking and accessible toilets are available as well as an accessible event village. There are ‘Changing Places‘ accessible facilities situated inside the National Museum Cardiff (next to the Event Village), in the Oriel restaurant.
The cut-off time is 4.5 hours and the minimum age for participants is 17.
We encourage all participants unsure of their fitness levels to undergo a health check with their doctor prior to training or taking part. Wheelchair users or those with disabilities or any other health issues are able to register for our events via our standard registration forms available on our event websites.
Wheelchair users (self-propelled)
Will be able to indicate whether they would like to start at the front of the race or within the main field on their registration form. We cannot guarantee your preference and it will depend on health and safety factors but we will do our best to accommodate. We will contact you closer to the event date to discuss this in more detail if necessary. If you are not a self-propelled wheelchair user you must take part with a supporter (see below).
Wheelchair users (supported)
If you are a wheelchair user who requires an enabler for support during the race, we can provide them with a free entry. Contact [email protected] to request this, stating the name of the event you wish to participate in. The supported athlete must reach the minimum age required to participate in the event. We can discuss with you in more detail whether it would be more suitable for you to start at the front of the race or within the main field, depending on the type of chair or any additional support you may require.
Visually impaired runners
If you are a visually impaired athlete who needs the support of a guide runner, we are able to offer your guide a free space. Contact [email protected] to request this, stating the name of the event you wish to participate in.
Runners and spectators who are autistic that are unsure about attending can email [email protected] if they would like to know anything about the event prior to signing up.
Other health issues and disabilities
If you have any other health issues, disabilities or additional learning needs we should be aware of, there is a section of the registration form where you can share details on any assistance you may require on the day. Contact [email protected] before signing up if you’d like to discuss in more detail beforehand.
Elite wheelchair athletes
Free spaces are available for elite wheelchair athletes in some events where they meet qualifying criteria.
Contact [email protected] for more information.
If you require any support registering using our online registration system, please contact us on [email protected] or call 02921 660 790. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Those taking part who require a free disabled parking space will be able to request this via the registration form. We will contact you closer to the event date to confirm arrangements. Where possible and if required, we can offer a convenient space near to the start/finish line to store your day chair if you are planning to use a racing wheelchair.
For more detailed information about our entry processes, the support we can offer, testimonials from other disabled athletes and the course profiles of other R4W events, please visit the R4W website by clicking below: