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Cardiff Half Marathon

Cardiff Half Marathon
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Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon Logo
LocationCardiff, Wales
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf Marathon
Primary sponsorCardiff University
Course recordsMen:
Kenya John Lotiang 1:00:42
Kenya Edith Chelimo 1:05:52
Official siteCardiff Half Marathon

The Cardiff Half Marathon (Welsh: Hanner Marathon Caerdydd) (previously known as the Cardiff Marathon) is an annual half marathon race held in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff, taking place in October. The event was established in 2003,[1] initially alongside a marathon, and was originally organised by the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Now organised by Run 4 Wales, the race has grown to accommodate up to 25,000 runners. Also in partnership with the race is Cardiff Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the Welsh Government, Welsh Athletics and title sponsors Cardiff University.

The course has always been predominantly flat, making it ideal for first time runners and professionals alike (elite runners can gain free entry to the race). The next race will take place on 6th October 2019, with over 7500 places being taken within 24 hours of entries opening. [2]. The event has incorporated the prestigious Welsh Half Marathon Championships; entitling the top three Welsh male and female finishers to represent Wales in an international half marathon. In 2018, the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon hosted the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships, with Australia and Uganda dominating proceedings [3]. The route includes some of Cardiff's landmarks, including the Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Pierhead Building and Roath Park Lake.

In 2018, 33% of the field fundraised in excess of £3m for a number of charities, making it Wales' largest fundraising event. It was also a record sell out for the event, with 25,000 entries sold out 6 months before race day.[4]

The event has grown considerably over the years and now attracts both UK and international runners – it is now known as one of the top events in the Autumn running calendar. Previous participants in Cardiff races include Paralympic champion Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, GB's most decorated track Olympian Mo Farah [5], inspirational adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills.

The 2018 Race

View at the start of the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon next to Cardiff Castle

In 2018, the Cardiff Half Marathon incorporated the first Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships, with athletes from all over the Commonwealth coming to #RunTheDiff. The race saw athletes from Kenya, Uganda, Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Mauritius and many more countries compete.[6]

It was Australia's Jack Rayner who ran the race of his life to take Commonwealth glory with a new personal best of 61:01. Uganda's Juliet Chekwel was victorious in the women's race, finishing in 69:45.[7]

Rayner's efforts in the men's event was not enough to win Australia a team victory as they settled for second best, finishing just behind Uganda. Uganda also managed no.1 in the team event in the women's race, with Australia once again coming second. Team England managed 3rd in both races. The event also gave Dewi Griffiths the chance to pull on his Welsh vest once more after enduring a tough year through injury, and he came home in 62:56.[8]

The 2018 race sold out in just over 6 months, making it the most popular race in the event's history.

The 2017 Race

As the race grew in popularity, both novice and seasoned runners were wanting to get involved in the action. 2017 was the first year where the race completely sold out, selling 25,000 entries before the race. This was the first time it had happened in the race's fourteen year history.[9]

2017 was another year for course records, with Kenya's John Lotiang running 60:42 in the men's field, and Edith Chelimo crossing the line in just 65:50. These records still stand.


2016 was the first year we saw two Cardiff Half Marathons take place, with one incorporating the World Half Marathon Championships.[10] The World Half Marathon Championships saw athletes, including Great Britain's most decorated track Olympian Mo Farah, travel from all corners of the globe to Cardiff. The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships saw victories for Kenya in both male and female races, with Mo Farah taking bronze in a time of 59:59, breaking an hour by just one second.[11]

Over 1200 volunteers helped out on the day[12]. It wasn’t just the elite athletes who were heros on the day either – 16,000 registered runners took to the streets of Cardiff to #runtheworlds.[13]

2016 also saw the introduction of Cardiff University as the race's Title Sponsor, with the race now going on to be called the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon.[14]

The 2015 race

More than 22,000 runners took part in this 2015 Cardiff Half Marathon. Ugandan Ben Siwa won the men's race, breaking a 5 year run of victories for Kenyan athletes, while Lenah Jerotich from Kenya won the women's title. Around 2.4m was raised for over 800 charities.[15]

The 2014 race

View at the start of the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon next to the Angel Hotel

The 2014 saw numbers increase further, with the race breaking 20,000 registrations for the first time in its history. With more numbers, the crowds came out in their droves to support their friends and family, with Welsh athlete Ieuan Thomas noting the 'electric' atmosphere generating in Cardiff.[16] Defending champion Loitarakwai Lengurisi lost his title to Boniface Kongin in 2014, with Joan Chelimo clocking 72:25 as she raced over the finish line as first placed female.[17]

The 2013 race

View westward along Tyndall Street

In 2013, numbers grew once more with over 14,000 runners taking on 13.1 miles. As competition grew fiercer, more records were broken as Loitarakwai Lengurisi and Purity Kimetto taking first position in the men's and women's elite race.[18]

The 2012 race

The 2012 race was the first edition organised by Run 4 Wales, with Andrew Lesuuda and Sue Partridge taking victories in the elite field. Sue Partridge clocked a 71:10 personal best, holding off stiff competition from Kenyan athletes in her footsteps. Dewi Griffiths, who would later go on to become a Cardiff Half Marathon star, won the men's Welsh Championships, with Caryl Jones taking the women's title.[19]

The 2011 race

The 2011 Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon was a sell-out with a record number of runners taking part.

Kenyan Edwin Kiptoo won the 2011 Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon and claimed a course record, running 13.1 miles in 1 hour 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Kenyans dominated the top three, with Andrew Lesuuda and Edwin Kipkorir, last year’s winner, taking 2nd and 3rd. The women’s race was won by Kenyan Alice Mogire, with a time of 1:11:26. Second and third place were taken by Poland’s Agnieszka Ciolek and Kenyan Edinah Kwambai. The race attracted runners from all corners of the globe, including the USA, Poland and Australia. [20]

Winning the Welsh Half Marathon Championships were Swansea Harriers’ Philip Matthews and Andrea Whitcombe.

Olympic silver medal winner and event patron Jamie Baulch started the race along with the Lord Mayor of Cardiff.

Thousands of runners raised money for almost 800 different charities and good causes. An estimated £1,000,000 was raised, with a team of 1200 people running for Barnardo’s, the race’s charity partner.[21][22]

The 2010 race

Every year the race attracts runners from all over the UK and further afield. It is fast becoming known as one of the top events in the autumn running calendar. The 2010 race attracted runners from all corners of the globe, including many from Europe, the USA and Kenya.

Before the 2009 race took place, the event organisers announced the date of the 2010 Cardiff Half Marathon to be Sunday 17 October. Registrations opened immediately after the 2009 event. The Welsh Government were backing the race with a £75,000 grant, with the aim to get 20,000 runners competing in the race by 2012.[23] Wales' First minister Rhodri Morgan was so impressed with the 2009 event that he told the BBC he would do the race in 2010.[24]

The size of the field has dramatically expanded during the race’s history; from just under 1,500 runners in 2003 to 25,000 registrants in 2018. The race has grown to become the second biggest half marathon in the UK. The number of runners has grown year on year.

The Cardiff Half Marathon is now host to the Welsh Half Marathon Championships, recognising Wales’s best athletes. 2010’s winners were Cardiff AAC’s Michael Johnson and Neath’s Anne-Marie Hutchison. The race is also attracting elite runners from abroad. The 2010 race saw two foreign winners for the first time, with Edwin Kipkorir and Hellen Jemutai claiming first prize.

2010’s race also saw the debut of the Cardiff Family Fun Run. This special one mile (1.6 km) run allowed children and their families to enjoy running part of the course during the main race and gave the race a carnival atmosphere.

The 2009 race

The 2009 Cardiff Half Marathon took place on Sunday 18 October 2009 and was started by sprinter Jamie Baulch. Just over 11,000 runners signed up to participate in the race, with an estimated 18,000 spectators also coming to Cardiff to offer support.

The new and improved route took runners past famous city landmarks such as the Castle and the Wales Millennium Centre and included a run along the barrage and wetlands. It started on King Edward VII Avenue in Cathays Park near Cardiff City Hall, the race looped around towards Cardiff Castle. Runners were taken down St. Mary Street, before weaving their way back towards the Wales Millennium Centre. From there it was down towards the barrage, where competitors ran to Tracy Island. From the barrage switchback runners headed towards the Norwegian Church, Cardiff The Senedd and the beautiful Cardiff Bay area. Next it was the wetlands and Taff Embankment, before returning to the streets. Thereafter it was on to Llandaff Fields and Bute Park, before returning to the Castle for the final stretch to the finish line on King Edward VII Avenue.

The men's race was won by Simon Lawson of Lisvane, Cardiff. He broke his own record of being the fastest UK junior half marathon runner with a time of 1:05:48.[25] In second place was Michael Johnson, while Simon Jones, who won the 2007 and 2008 races, finished third.

Lots of the runners that took part were raising money for charity. Event organisers Barnardo's suggested that almost £1 million was raised by runners for a range of good causes.[26]

Highlights of the race were also broadcast on TV for the first time. S4C showed the programme the day after the event,[27] while Channel 4 were covering it on Sunday 8 November 2009 at 7:55am.

Recent winners

Key:   Current course record

Table of recent winners.

Half Marathon (2003-present)

Year Date Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2018 7 October  Jack Rayner (AUS) 1:01:01  Juliet Chekwel (UGA) 1:09:45
2017 1 October  John Lotiang (KEN) 1:00:42  Edith Chelimo (KEN) 1:05.52
2016 2 October  Shadrack Korir (KEN) 1:00:53  Violah Jepchumba (KEN) 1:08:13
2015 4 October  Ben Siwa (UGA) 1:02:06  Lenah Jerotich (KEN) 1:11:29
2014 5 October  Boniface Kongin (KEN) 1:02:02  Joan Chelimo (KEN) 1:12:25
2013 7 October  Loitarakwai Olengurisi (KEN) 1:01:51  Purity Kimetto (KEN) 1:14:21
2012 14 October  Andrew Lesuuda (KEN) 1:02:21  Susan Partridge (GBR) [28] 1:11:10
2011 16 October  Edwin Kiptoo (KEN) 1:03:26  Alice Mogire (KEN) 1:11:26
2010 17 October  Edwin Kipkorir (KEN) 1:02:07  Hellen Jemutai (KEN) 1:10:49
2009 18 October  Simon Lawson (GBR) [29] 1:05:50  Genet Measso (ETH) 1:15:01
2008 19 October  Simon Jones (GBR) [30] 1:07:48  Alice Braham (GBR) 1:16:41
2007 14 October  Simon Jones (GBR) [30] 1:07:57  Rebecca Harrison (GBR) 1:18:38
2006 15 October  Simon Jones (GBR) [30] 1:07:15  Rebecca Harrison (GBR) 1:18:33
2005 9 October  Phill Sly (AUS) 1:08:38  Kelly Vennus (GBR) 1:23:07
2004 3 October  Adrian Marriott (GBR)[31] 1:08:28  Helen Yule (GBR) 1:27:46
2003 [32] 28 September  Adrian Marriott (GBR)[31] 1:09:27  Claire Peock (GBR) 1:27:24

Marathon (2003-2006)

Year Date Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
2006 15 October  Mark Roberts (GBR) 2:29:39  Michelle Awuye (GBR) 2:58:41
2005 9 October  Neo Molema (RSA) 2:29:14  Vicki Perry (GBR) 2:56:51
2004 3 October Julian Baker 2:28:33 Ruth Pickvance [33] 2:53:47
2003 [32] 28 September Richard Gardiner 2:24:32 Ruth Pickvance [33] 2:51:34


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