We are gutted that we couldn’t run together at the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon in 2020, but we’re hugely excited that many of you will be taking on the race virtually instead.
This race is only open to those who were registered for the 2020 event and decided to take up the virtual transfer option when we announced the postponement due to COVID-19.The deadline for transferring into the virtual race has now passed and further entries are not available.
The participation windows will be open from:
2020 Edition: 1 October – 31 October 2021
2021 Edition: 1 October – 31 October 2021
Depending on the edition you registered for, you can run at any time between the two dates as long as you submit your finish time by the last day of the participation window.
You can participate in the virtual race from any outdoor location or gym throughout the participation window, you just need to gather some supporting evidence that you covered the 13.1 mile distance and how long it took you!
Evidence can be a photograph of gym equipment or a screenshot from a fitness tracker or GPS activity. You must run the half marathon distance as part of one activity but there is no time limit on completing it (so you can walk some or all of the distance if you like).
Once you have completed your run, simply click the button below to submit your result. You will need to enter your registration ID which is included in the confirmation email you received when signing up.
Next enter your finish time (in HH:MM:SS format) and upload your supporting evidence. You must submit your evidence by midnight on the last date in the participation window.
You have the entire month of October to participate, so rally your support crew, take a look at the weather forecast and pick a suitable date to race. You may have a better experience if you go for a time of day or day of the week that’s less busy.
2. Plan Your Route
Picking a route is all down to personal preference, but make sure you choose one that makes sticking to social distancing easy. Without all the normal race day amenities, picking a lapped route means you can use your own front door as a drinks station or nip in to use your own toilet if you need to. Avoiding traffic lights or road crossings (if possible) will make for a more pleasant experience too.
You may want to plan for some friends or family to join you (socially distanced and within any local Coronavirus guidelines) for some of your race – this will give you extra motivation, especially in the later stages.
Do not attempt to complete the actual race route across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan – road closures will not be in place so it will not be safe to do so. There are also local lockdown restrictions currently in place which mean you are not able to enter or cross between the two local authority areas without good reason.
3. Download Race Number
Click the image below to download an (optional) template race number that you can print and customise to wear during your virtual race.
A 2021 bib template will become available closer to the time.
4. Gather Your Evidence
Have a think about the evidence you’ll gather during your run, that you can use to verify your performance. Evidence can be a photograph of gym equipment or a screenshot from a fitness tracker or GPS activity. You must run the half marathon distance as part of one activity but there is no time limit on completing it (so you can walk some or all of the distance if you like).
5. Plan Your Hydration & Nutrition
Without race day aid stations, you’ll need to think about your hydration and nutrition during the race. Consider planning a route that means you can pass by your front door or a safe place you can leave water or nutrition products. Don’t try anything new that you haven’t practiced with in training and make sure you dispose of any litter.
6. Run Your Race & Upload Your Result
Participate from any outdoor location or gym and make sure you gather some supporting evidence. Once completed, click hereto upload your result. You will need to enter your registration ID which is included in the confirmation email you received when signing up, before proceeding to enter your finish time (in HH:MM:SS format) and upload your supporting evidence.
7. Share & Celebrate
We want to be with you every step of the way, just like it were a real race day. Send a before and after selfie, log your progress with a video halfway around or let us know how you’re celebrating once you’ve finished on Twitter, Facebookand Instagram.
8. Receive Your Finishers Items
Shortly after the participation window closes at the end of October, we will e-mail all finishers with a link to view the official verified results and to confirm that finishers’ t-shirts and medals have been dispatched. They should arrive 2-3 working days after dispatch.
VIRTUAL EVENT FAQs
1. How do I upload my result?
Click hereto upload your result. You will need to enter your registration ID (which can be found in your confirmation email) before proceeding to enter your finish time (in HH:MM:SS format) and upload your supporting evidence.
2. When can I participate in the virtual race?
You can record and submit a result anytime between 1-31 October but must submit your result online before midnight on the 31 October (if you are entered into the Autumn edition). If you are entered into the Spring edition the window is 1-31 March. Late submissions will not be accepted and you will not be able to appear on the official results if you do not submit before the deadline.
3. When will I receive my medal and t-shirt?
Finishers packs (including medals and t-shirts) will be dispatched at the end of the participation window (1-31 October) in early November and should arrive within 3 working days of dispatch. You will receive an email to confirm when it has been dispatched. For the Spring edition, items will be dispatched at the end of March, arriving in early April.
4. Do I need to run the whole 13.1 miles in one go?
As you would have if you had been participating in the real event this October, you will need to cover the half marathon distance in one go. Unlike in the real thing, we won’t have roads to re-open to get the city moving again so there will be no time limit on completing the virtual race. This means you may walk some or all of the distance if you need to.
5. How do I ensure my safety?
You will need to be responsible for your own health and safety. Please ensure you practice social distancing and keep it local. Running laps near to your home means you’ll never be far away if you get into difficulty, and you can leave sports products or water on your doorstep and use your home as an aid station during the race.