The half marathon is 13.1 miles or in metric 21.1km. Our course is measured by a AUKCM Grade 1/IAAF/AIMS Grade B Course Measurer and your finish time result will count towards any championship or qualifying time criteria.
As detailed in the terms and conditions of entry, the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is a running race in which participants should make best efforts to complete the course within a 4 hour 30 minute cut-off point. In order to safely get the city moving again and protect all participants, after this time all roads will be reopened and throughout the race a sweep bus will collect those at the back of the race unable to keep up with the allotted 20 minute a mile pace. We encourage everyone to run as much as possible in order to avoid the cut-off time.
The race starts outside Cardiff Castle on Castle Street from 10am. The race will finish on King Edward VII Avenue. The event village is at City Hall Lawn outside Cardiff’s City Hall.
No. The course will be marshalled throughout.
We will have medical points along the route. If you are just too tired we will have vehicles to get you back to the start/finish area.
No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, Nordic sticks, rollerblades, hand cycles, Kangoo Jumps, stilts, crutches, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course, except for hand propelled wheelchairs in the mass race (within a designated pen assigned by the organiser). Any bulky items or fancy dress which you wish to carry with you as part of a challenge must be cleared with the race director if it is likely to impact on your ability to complete the course within 4 hours 30 minutes or impede other participants.
The minimum age is 17 yrs of age on the day of the race.
Yes, we like to encourage lots of fancy dress participants – they help make the race really fun for spectators, families and runners. Please let us know if your costume is bulky a cleared with the race director if it is likely to impact on your ability to complete the course within 4 hours 30 minutes or impede other participants.
Avoid using headphones whilst running to limit the risk of injury to yourself and other participants. The Organiser will not be held responsible for incidents caused as a result of the use of headphones which inhibit the communication of important warnings or information from emergency services or course marshals.
Yes, each runner will be able to store one bag. The exact location of the bag storage facilities will be printed in the race brochure which will be sent to you in your race pack.
We welcome hand-propelled wheelchair competitors but there is a long incline early on at 3 miles on Penarth Road at the point of the first water station and a significant climb at 12 miles on Fairoak Road for about 300 metres that previous wheelchair participants have found difficult and have had to go up backwards. We wish to make you aware of this challenging feature ahead of the event so that you have no surprises on the day. You should also be aware that there are a number of speed bumps around the course, including along Penarth Portway in Penarth Marina at the 4 mile point and around Roath Park Lake between the 10-12 mile point.
We are happy to give a complimentary entry and a high-viz bib to a support runner, should you need one. If so, please contact [email protected] or ring 029 2166 0790. If you are taking part without a support runner, we recommend that you attach a safety flag to your wheelchair, above runners’ head height so that you can be seen within the crowds. Please note that there is no support system for mechanical problems/punctures etc. around the course. If there is a problem, please report to the nearest steward who will assist in getting you to the finish area when it is practical to do so.
Please state your estimated time when you enter so we have an idea of pace, to allocate a starting pen with those of a similar speed and ability so that you will be moving at the same pace as those around you.
Please let us know if you have any queries/special requests and we will do our best to assist.
We are happy to give a complimentary entry and a high-viz bib to a support runner, should you need one. If so, please contact [email protected] or ring 029 2166 0790.
No. Just turn up with your race number pinned to your top, and assemble in the correct starting pen on the morning of the race. You do not need to tell us you have arrived, or visit the Event Information Hub (unless you have a query for us).