It has been a nightmare couple of years, and getting thousands of people together sweating next to each other for 13 miles seemed like an impossibility, but at last, it’s happening! The dynamic city of Cardiff is setting up its sprinting blocks and getting ready for what they hope to be the biggest turnout of runners yet!
Cardiff University’s Cardiff Half Marathon is the second-largest half marathon in the UK (the first being Newcastle’s Great North Run), and this year is expecting over 25,000 runners and more than 100,000 spectators! The last event in the Welsh City took place in October 2019, but then with Covid, was postponed until now. And on Mother’s Day, too. Hyfryd! (That’s lovely in Welsh!)
What are the details and the route of the Cardiff Half Marathon?
The main race starts at about 10am and I know i’m biased (because I live here), but the route has to be one of the best for sightseeing. The race starts in town outside the stunning Cardiff Castle, past the stadium and into Penarth Marina. You’ll then take a breath of fresh Welsh air across the barrage and into Cardiff Bay. After following some fab tree-lined streets you can say hi to some ducks at Roath Park Lake and finish up back in the city centre.
And the best bits about the Cardiff Half Marathon is that not only is it mostly flat, but all the way around you will be cheered and clapped and motivated with some Welsh singing! Speaking from experience, it’s a pleasure to run!
The Cardiff Half Marathon is a sell out! What next?
Yep, you can’t sign up anymore as all the places have gone, but if you are in the area, i would definitely recommend you take in the atmosphere and come and support the runners. It might even get you in the mood to try a half marathon yourself!
Even better news, Cardiff will also be having it’s usual October Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd October too. Two in one year?! Sounds crazy, but Cardiff did successfully pull it off in 2016, so this sound be a breeze.
You can’t enter yet, but you can pre-register for the October 2022 Cardiff Half Marathon here.
Finally, are city running events back on track?
Fingers crossed, it’s looking that way! I went to watch Newport Half Marathon last week, and it was great- felt like things are getting back to normal. At last!
And looking around, seems like even though rescheduled, the biggies are back on:
Great Manchester Run – Sunday 22nd May, 2022
Bath Half – Sunday 29th May, 2022
Edinburgh Half Marathon – Sunday 29th May, 2022
The Big Half (London) – Sunday 4th September, 2022
Great Bristol Run – Sunday 25th September, 2022
Leicester Half Marathon – Sunday 30th October, 2022
So, if you’re running the Cardiff Half Marathon in a few weeks or any one in the coming months, Pob Lwc (that’s good luck in Welsh). And, we will see you at the finish line! Iechyd da! Cheers!