Cardiff Half Marathon


Ever dreamt of running Wales’ biggest half marathon but don’t know where to start? Or are you a seasoned runner looking to knock minutes off your personal best time?

With 12 weeks to go until the 2016 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon now is the perfect time to lace up your trainers and take to the streets to start your training.

Whether you are new to jogging, returning to the sport after a break or a regular runner, we’ve got a FREE training plan for everyone to help you get in shape to complete to flat and fast course around the Welsh capital on Sunday 2 October.

In conjunction with Run Wales, the new social running programme for Wales, and Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon’s official nutrition supplier High 5, runners can choose between three training plans depending on their levels of fitness.

The beginner, intermediate and experienced plans are packed full of expert advice about training and nutrition, as well as a detailed 12-week programme to take you right up to race day.

They are the same plans 100 new runners will be using as part of the second series of the BBC Wales programme Gareth Thomas: Run For Your Life.

Last year Welsh rugby legend Thomas took 16 unfit women from the village of Deri and trained them for 12 weeks before joining them as they completed the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Matt Newman, chief executive of Run 4 Wales, said: “Last year’s Gareth Thomas: Run For Your Life programme proved that with the right amount of training and determination, anyone can complete the challenge of the Cardiff Half Marathon.

“This time around Gareth will be training 100 new runners and we want as many people as possible to run alongside his ‘Angels’ on Sunday 2 October.

“We are proud to play our part in improving the health and well-being of so many people across Wales.

“Running is a low-cost, fun and social way to improve your fitness and there is no better place to celebrate the sport than at Wales’ biggest mass participation event, the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon.”

The FREE Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon training plans can be found here.

Entries for this year’s event have been selling at record speed, with more than 12,500 people already signed-up to take on the challenge.

The stunning 13.1 mile route around Cardiff starts outside Cardiff Castle and takes in all of the city’s major landmarks including the Principality Stadium, the Cardiff City Stadium, Penarth Marina, the Cardiff Bay Barrage, the Welsh Government’s Senedd building, the Wales Millennium Centre and Roath Park Lake before grandstand finish in the Civic Centre.

Get your place in the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon from just £25 by visiting and get involved in the conversation using the hashtag #RunTheDiff on Twitter.

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