CARDIFF UNIVERSITY CARDIFF HALF MARATHON AND ABP NEWPORT WALES MARATHON & 10K POSTPONED TO 2021
Run 4 Wales, the company behind
Wales’ leading mass-participation sporting events has today announced that the
Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon and the ABP Newport Wales Marathon will
be postponed to new dates in 2021.
Chief Executive, Matt
Newman, explains the decision.
We have been closely monitoring
the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance issued by the
Government and it is now clear that it will not be possible to stage events of
this scale in the autumn.
We would expect the Welsh
Government to make further announcements in the coming months on a gradual return
to a full sporting calendar and although lockdown restrictions have recently been
eased in Wales, we understand there is no possibility of 27,500 participants
and 100,000 spectators gathering safely in Cardiff on 4th October and
thousands more three weeks later in Newport on 25th October 2020.
We are also conscious of the inter-dependency on various service
providers for events of this size, including the availability of medical
support services, volunteers, emergency services, transport and accommodation.
Having spent a significant
amount of time talking with our sponsors, charity partners, Local Government
and other key stakeholders, we have no choice but to postpone this year’s
Cardiff Half Marathon and reschedule the event on 28th March 2021.
The Newport Wales Marathon will also be postponed to April 18th
We have decided to
communicate this now, to provide clarity to all.
The Cardiff Half Marathon
has become one of Wales’ most iconic sporting events. It provides an
opportunity for club runners and the public to run alongside some of the
world’s leading endurance runners. The Cardiff Half Marathon is Wales’ largest
multi-charity fundraising event and sits within UK Top 10 Events for Sports
Fundraising. This year, the event sold-out in record time and 2020 would’ve
seen Cardiff join with four other world class half-marathons in the new SuperHalfs
Series taking place across Europe; Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen and Valencia.
Cardiff Half Marathon has become much more than a road race. It now provides a
focal point for Run 4 Wales’ social agenda and an opportunity to improve the
lives of many people in Wales. As well as raising the profile of Cardiff to an
international audience and driving over £5 Million pounds of economic value to
the region, the event highlights the benefits of running to improve physical
and mental health. Through the growth in social running groups across Wales, we
also inspire a positive impact on social inclusion, women’s running and
The event has hosted the
Welsh, British, Commonwealth and World Half Marathon Championships and is now
in the diary of all world class athletes. March 2021 will see the five-year
anniversary of Cardiff hosting the World Half Marathon which we plan to celebrate.
Cardiff also has the
experience of successfully holding two half marathons in one calendar year and
in 2021 an autumn edition will take place as usual on the first Sunday in
Runners registered for both
events have been contacted by email confirming the postponements and the options
available to them. Details are also available on the event websites.
I am incredibly proud of how
the team at Run 4 Wales has responded to the challenges presented by the
Coronavirus. We are working with a group of leading events organisations in
Wales to establish guidelines for the safe return of events. As part of our
work with the MSO (Mass Participation Sports Organisations), we are also
aligned to the leading events organisations across the UK and our SuperHalfs
partners and World Athletics Gold Label provide us with unique insight into the
approach being taken in many other countries. This will allow us to collaborate
and share best practise in event delivery as we begin a new chapter in mass
We are therefore optimistic
that the new demand created by the growing number of “lockdown runners” and the
ongoing appetite from the running community will allow Run 4 Wales to bounce
back in 2021 with a full season of running events.
In the coming weeks we will
also share plans on the launch of some innovative new initiatives including
virtual races and a membership scheme, offering exclusive rewards and
motivational challenges whilst we are all missing the buzz of major
There are a number of options available to runners who are registered for either 2020 races. These are detailed in the email sent to you, along with answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions.