If you like nothing better than the anticipation of crowds waiting for the starting pistol to go off and thousands of pattering feet making their way around the half marathon course, then make sure you’re part of Cardiff 2016.
The half marathon is the fastest growing distance in the sport, with the numbers of those participating in half marathons almost doubling in the last decade. If you want to be part of this statistic, join Olympic medallist Mo Farah and other elite athletes and sign up for Cardiff 2016. Here are six reasons why you should:
1. Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself to run a half marathon (13.1 miles). Are you thinking of competing in your first half marathon, trying something different or maybe raising money for charity? Whatever the reason, join 25,000 amateur athletes as you race though the centre of Cardiff. The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships take place on Saturday, 26th March, with an unmissable line up of supporting activities accompanying the main event.
2. Race with the elite
With Olympic medallist Mo Farah joining the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, along with 300 other elite athletes you will get to watch the best perform and see how you measure up next to them. This will be a memorable race to be a part of and the atmosphere is sure to be buzzing.
3. Set your personal best
The first IAAF World Half Marathon Championship took place in South Shields in 1992. This year it returns to the UK for the fourth time to Cardiff. The last race took part in Copenhagen in 2014 where Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor crossed the finishing line in just 58:08 breaking the world record at the time. Gladys Cherono (pictures above, far left) lead her Kenyan team over the line in just 1:07:29. Feeling inspired? Even if you can’t run the race in one hour like the pros, this is the perfect course to aim for your personal best. The route is fast and flat making it easy for pace setting regardless of your level.
4. Do it for a good cause
You can choose to run for a good cause. Simply pick your charity and start fund raising today. There is no better motivation to get you around the course than knowing that the proceeds will benefit those in need.
5. Join the Cardiff Sports Expo
Cardiff Sports Expo is running parallel to the race at Motorpoint Arena between 24-26 March. Celebrating everything to do with sport, health and well-being, this is your chance to meet industry experts and famous athletes. Learn more about your favourite sporting brands, which will be exhibited in the main arena, accompanied by a packed programme of events.
6. Race past historic icons
The course stretches 13.1 miles taking you past some of Cardiff’s iconic landmarks and attractions along the way. Run through history from the starting line outside Cardiff Castle, to the finishing line on King Edward V11 Avenue by the historic Cardiff University buildings.
Book a room at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff and experience the city’s carnival atmosphere during race day. Musicians and street performers will line the streets and be on hand to entertain you and help keep up your motivation and spirits, making for an unforgettable atmosphere. The event promises to be one of the season’s highlights, so what are you waiting for? Put on your running shoes and head to Cardiff 2016!
All images: ©Cardiff 2016