Urgent call out for Cardiff Half Volunteers!
With just one month to go until the return of the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 27 March, organisers are calling on the community to come together and join the army of ‘Extra Milers’ that are required to make the race happen.
The event will return after a long delay, having last been delivered in October 2019 and postponed on a number of occasions because of COVID-19. It will be the largest mass participation event to take place in Wales since the beginning of the pandemic and will be delivered as a ‘Breathable Event’.
It will provide a great event day experience and atmosphere with a focus on personal responsibility and safety, with a number of health and safety measures implemented to help protect runners, spectators, volunteers and the wider public.
The return of the race is a welcome sign to the countless charities who are associated, who have been waiting since 2020 to realise the fundraising from this edition of the race. In 2019 it generated over £3m for good causes across Wales and the UK.
Race Director and Olympic Marathon runner Steve Brace, commented: “Volunteers are essential in making sure the day can go ahead and ensuring that runners and spectators alike have a great experience. No special skills are required, just lots of enthusiasm!”
“We’ve got a whole range of different roles available with something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, enhance your CV and experience the electric atmosphere of race day.”
“The return of the race follows a very tough and uncertain period for the events industry. We hope that the local community can get behind the race and help lend us a hand to ensure it will be a fantastic day for the city, the charities and good causes that benefit and of course those taking part.”
Volunteers are provided with a volunteer uniform, breaks, refreshments and on the day support through a supervisor as well as support and training to undertake the role. They will also have the opportunity to earn ‘Tempo Time Credits’ which can be used to buy activities, services and products from a range of recognised partners.
People are needed across a number of different roles and locations. You can apply to get involved, or find out more by clicking below.
What’s it like being a volunteer at the Cardiff Half?
“I’ve volunteered on several occasions and the experience is enjoyable from start to finish. I’ve helped out at the water station, as a marshall and at the finish line giving out medals.
The atmosphere is amazing and the event extremely well-coordinated. I would recommend it to anyone! Become an Extra Miler – you will get the bug for sure!”Caroline Ryan
“Volunteering with Run 4 Wales has been fabulous for me. I’ve met many like minded people from right across the UK. I love welcoming the runners to the city and helping them enjoy their day.”John Timmons
“Giving your time brings great joy and it’s fantastic to contribute to the exciting atmosphere. The runners are so grateful for your contribution and you feel so valued. I have tried a variety of roles, all rewarding in their own way. Come along and try it, meet new people and be part of a team!
Everyone works together, regardless of age, race and gender and the team really look after you. I will continue to volunteer as long as I am able!”
“We have volunteered for several organisations over recent years but have always come back to Run 4 Wales and now only volunteer for this group! Helping at their events is so engaging and rewarding. The atmosphere on race day is quite something, the air is charged with anticipation, camaraderie and excitement.
When we head home at the end of the day, it’s full of the warm glow of a good day’s volunteering feeling grateful to have played a part.”Jan and Di Richards