On Sunday October 14th, Sport Cardiff was involved once again with the Cardiff Half Marathon providing more than 30 volunteers to support the event. Despite the 6.30am start the willing team of volunteers gave their time and energy to help ensure that the biggest Cardiff Half Marathon ever went well and was a tremendous success!
The road race which has become the biggest and most popular in Wales is a top autumn fixture on the running calendar as well as a highlight in the city’s events agenda.
With a splendid sunny day and a flat, enjoyable and attractive route; the race encompassed some of Cardiff’s most iconic locations. The event had a central start, right in front of CardiffCastle where the runners were split by times.
The race was officially started by former world record holder and world champion hurdler Colin Jackson, and the wave of runners’ headed off towards to Cardiff City Stadium, the picturesque Penarth Marina and the scenic Cardiff Barrage. The course continued through CardiffBay, passing the Doctor Who Experience and the NorwegianChurch. The new course then took in the beautiful RoathParkLake before runners headed back to the heart of the city for a big finish at the impressive City Hall. The circuit offered plenty of good vantage points for fans to roar on their loved ones and become a part of the big event. In fact, the whole route was lined by people.
In its 10th anniversary the race gathered a record number of runners and in just ten years the figures have rapidly increased passing from just under 1,500 runners in 2003 to 18,000 ten years later giving this competition a great vibe and making it a fun way to practice sport with friends, family or just for a personal achievement.
For a lot of people this was a great occasion to encourage the whole family to participate in a race no matter their fitness level. The Barnardo’s Cardiff Family Fun Run was the perfect opportunity for some of them to get fit and healthy and follow in the footsteps of the half marathon runners.
From marshalling the fun run course to handing out water as well as providing medals, refreshments and goodie bags to more than 18,000 participants in the post race area, the keen volunteers were a huge help in order to assist and manage the crowds at the finish line.
The volunteers who all signed up through the Sport Cardiff VSB website all really enjoyed the experience and stated that they would be willing to help out with future events. Without them providing their time, these initiatives would be much worse off, and Sport Cardiff would like to thank all people involved for their hard work and professionalism.