The Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon is more than just 13.1 miles on a Sunday morning! We kick off the running fever on Saturday morning with a full day of fun activities, entertainment and running for all ages and abilities to take part in.
With smiling faces, fancy dress, and (fingers crossed) a bright blue sky, the Cardiff University Festival of Running will once again prove to be a thrilling start to the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon weekend.
There’s no pressure to record fast times or even run all the way round. Instead, dig out your best fancy dress, drag along the rest of your family and friends and enjoy the experience. There’ll be plenty to keep you going all the way round and with a vibrant atmosphere and loads of support from the crowd, you’ll be round the course in no time with a big beaming smile across your face.
We encourage people to run for our charity partner NSPCC. If you choose to run for #TeamNSPCC, you’ll be running to rebuild the lives of children who have been abused in the UK. As a team, you’ll be preventing any more abuse and neglect.
To receive your Family Race Packs in the post before event day, please make sure to enter before our Postage Deadline in February 2022. All entries after this date must be collected from the Event Information Tent on event day.
Come and cheer on your favourite mascot as they compete for the ultimate prize in the 100m Mascot race. Last year’s race saw a hugely competitive field lineup on the start line, and this year many will be back to compete again alongside some other hotly tipped mascots.
Toddler Dash in aid of NSPCC
Price: A £2 donation to charity partner NSPCC
A fun 50m dash in front of Cardiff’s City Hall, aimed at children aged three and under.
Cardiff University Family Fun Run
Price: £9 for individuals (£7.50 early bird rate until 1st March) or £30 for a group of 4.
Route: 2 laps around the Cardiff Civic Centre, starting outside Cardiff City Hall
Fancy Dress Theme: You’ll have the option to vote for ‘Outer Space’ or ‘Round the World’ if you sign up before 2nd March.
Stick around and bring your blankets for our picnic and story time taking place after the Family Fun Run!
Music, Face Painting, Food, Sports and Entertainment
Throughout the day there will be an exciting mix of live music, food and street entertainment to dive in to and keep everyone entertained. So, even if you’re not taking part in any of the events, there will be plenty to see and do.
If you and your family still have energy to burn, there will also be a host of Come and Try sports activities and a Boulders climbing wall.
Please note, a small non-refundable admin fee is charged on top of race entry by ACTIVE, who manage our online registration system.
You must register by our postage deadline on 25th February at midnight in order to receive a race pack in the post. If you register after this date, you will need to collect a pack from the Event Info Hub on the morning of the race (a limited number of collection packs will be available, so register early to avoid disappointment).
Festival of Running registrations close on 26th February, but you will be able to register from then up until 23rd March and collect your race packs from our Event Information tent on race day morning.