Cardiff Half Marathon

Record breaking sell out for NSPCC charity spaces

Fundraisers looking to run this year’s Principality Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for NSPCC Cymru have filled all the charity’s spaces.

The children’s charity has been the event’s lead charity partner since 2018, raising more than £650,000 through its team of dedicated runners.

NSPCC charity places sold out

The NSPCC is a popular charity to run for! With just under six months to go until race day, all 800 of the charity’s race entries have been snapped up – in record breaking speed for the charity.

While the NSPCC’s official race entries are now sold out, runners can still use their own places to fundraise for them. You can find out more about this option on the NSPCC website.

The charity has also opened a waitlist for people who are still keen to run for them this year. Those who join the list will be notified should any spaces become available to run as part of #TeamNSPCC on Sunday 6 October.

Fundraising for the NSPCC makes a difference to children in Wales

Money raised by #TeamNSPCC Cardiff Half participants will go towards helping keep children safe from abuse and neglect. Runners’ fundraising efforts could help to fund Childline – a vital NSPCC service.  On average a child contacts Childline every 45 seconds. In 2022/23 more than 5,000 children in South Wales got in touch. This is why fundraising from runners is essential, every pound they raise helps the NSPCC to be there for every child in Wales and beyond, whenever they need them.

Jess Finnegan, Supporter Fundraising Manager at NSPCC Cymru, added: “The NSPCC is thrilled to be the lead charity partner for the popular 2024 Cardiff Half Marathon. Every year, people run through Wales’ stunning capital for the NSPCC, raising thousands of pounds to support our work with children and families.

“On average a child contacts Childline every 45 seconds and it costs £4 to answer their call. During the time it takes someone to run the Cardiff Half, trained Childline volunteer counsellors could have answered around 180 calls for help.

“This is why we’re so grateful to the incredible people who have signed up to run in our largest ever team at the Cardiff Half. The response has been wonderful, and we can’t wait to see them all on race day.”

Benefits for Cardiff Half NSPCC runners

Those who are part of #TeamNSPCC will receive:

  • A personalised training plan created by a personal trainer
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook community where runners can share tips and experiences with teammates.
  • A family focused post-race reception with food and refreshments.

Further benefits include receiving the event’s Gold Card. This gives fundraisers raising money for the Cardiff Half’s Lead and Associate Charity partners many benefits including fantastic food and drink offers across the city.

NSPCC runners will also get to skip the post-race massage queues after the finish line. They’ll also have access to a VIP start line area in Cardiff Castle, as well as a VIP toilet pass.

Matt Newman, Chief Executive at event organisers Run 4 Wales, added: “It’s wonderful to see the support runners have for the NSPCC which has resulted in their race spaces being filled in record time.

“We’re delighted to be working with the NSPCC once again on their sixth edition of the race to spread the word about their vital work to keep children safe and end child abuse across the country.”

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