THE CARDIFF UNIVERSITY/CARDIFF HALF MARATHON: Sunday 6th October 2019
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest road races in the United Kingdom.
The first event took place back in 2003, celebrating its 15th year in style in 2018.
In 2018, the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon played host to the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships.
In 2019, the race joined forces with five of the biggest European half marathons to create the SuperHalfs – a new, international world half marathon series starting in 2020.
The event is not only the UK’s second largest half marathon, it is Wales’ largest road race and Wales’ largest multi-charity fundraising event.
The race is sponsored by Cardiff University and supported by strategic partners Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Athletics.
The 2012 event witnessed the introduction of a new course which encompassed Cardiff’s most iconic landmarks and was enthusastically recieved by runners.
The size of the field has dramatically expanded during the race’s history; from just under 1,500 runners in 2003 to 22,000 in 2016.
The course played host to the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in March 2016, where Britain’s Mo Farah won a bronze medal and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won back-to-back World Half Marathon titles. In the women’s race Peres Jepchirchir led a Kenyan clean sweep in the women’s event.
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is now host to the Welsh Half Marathon Championships, recognising Wales’s best athletes. 2014’s winners were Emma Wookey (Lliswerry Runners) with a time of 75.56, whilst Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff AAC) secured top spot with a time of 65.40. The event attracts the world’s top runners.
The Cardiff Half event record was smashed in the men’s field in 2013 when Loitarakwai Lengurisi – in his first race outside of his home country of Kenya – recorded a time of 61:51. British athlete Susan Partridge still retains the course record in the women’s field with her time of 71.10 in 2012.
Thousands of runners raise money for charity by getting sponsored, with £3 million raised for 800 charities in 2018.
We’d like to thank all the partners, athletes, sponsors and volunteers who make this event possible and help it go from strength to strength every year.
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is proud to be a member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), featuring as part of a long list of international distance running events. Please take the time to explore the long calendar of races taking place around the world throughout the year and see where running might take you. http://aimsworldrunning.com/Calendar.htm
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon was awarded an IAAF Bronze Label in 2016.