My relationship with the CHM and with R4W feels like an
extension of my family. My son, Charlie, was born in April 2012 with Run 4
Wales registered as a company a month later. Over the past 8 years, the growth
and development of both has given me incredible pleasure, as well as a few
difficult moments, but I’m optimistic about their futures.
The CHM has always been the flagship event in the R4W event
calendar and its place in the world of half-marathons is now secure. This
profile is a direct result of the dedication, commitment and ambition of the
R4W team to turn a good event into a truly great event. We have come a long
I’m immensely proud of the wider R4W team, including the
Extra Milers, our essential suppliers, the race stewards and the residents of
the city of Cardiff who have all played their part in creating a world class
The 2020 CHM would have been the 10th half
marathon that R4W has delivered, including the World Half Marathon in March
2016. 2020 would also have been the first in the SuperHalfs series; the recognition
that Cardiff sits in the top league of international half marathons. World
Athletics has also awarded a Gold Label to Cardiff, an accolade bestowed on only
the top tier of World events.
On CHM weekend, I always love to walk around the iconic start
line, race village and finish line the night before the event. It reminds me of
all the hard work to get there and provides a moment to reflect just how big
the event has grown since its early years. It always brings a smile to my face
as the Saturday-night revellers head home a few hours before 27,500 runners line
up on the same roads.
The CHM now occupies a special place in the Welsh sporting
calendar. There is a magical and unique
atmosphere on the morning of event day, a real buzz in the city and sense of
anticipation. Later in the morning, the sheer exhilaration and sense of
achievement of the thousands of runners crossing the finish line is a sight to
This year, the first Sunday in October will be a bit
quieter, but I’m sure that the love for the CHM will mean that the event will
bounce back in 2021 and will continue to provide thousands of runners with a world
class experience for years to come.