Wales’ biggest and best road race, the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon, is all set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in style on Sunday, 14 October.
Hot on the heels of the news the race has been handed over by long-term organisers Barnardo’s to a newly created social enterprise company, Run 4 Wales, the directors are pleased to announce the following:
- There will be a new, faster course for the 2012 race
- The new start and finish areas will be in the heart of Cardiff’s civic centre
- Lloyds TSB have committed to a further year’s extension on their sponsorship
- More than 10,000 places have already been sold
- Race Organisers have decided to mark the Olympics raising entries to 20,012
“We are delighted to be able to formally announce the exciting new route today and to be able to once again attach the name of Lloyds TSB as our title sponsors for yet another year,” said Run 4 Wales director, Nigel Roberts.
“Lloyds TSB has played a key role alongside Barnardo’s in building this race into a major event in the sporting calendar here in Wales. The last three years have been sell-out fields of 15,000 participants and that has given Run 4 Wales a fantastic base on which to build.
“It is incredible to think that over the previous nine years this event has raised many millions of pounds for charities the length and breadth of Wales and we want to see that fantastic work carry on for years to come.
“As it is the 10th anniversary of this great event we felt we had to mark the moment in some way. We felt the same about the fact the Olympic and Paralympic games are being staged here in the UK.
“That’s why we felt it would be great to give more people the chance to help us celebrate a decade of growing success on the streets of the Welsh capital and to pay tribute to the fact that Cardiff will have been an Olympic city this summer.
“It is great news that we have already rocketed past 10,000 entries, but we don’t want to stop there. In paying tribute to the 2012 Olympiad we want to have 20,012 people lining-up in front of Cardiff Castle on the Sunday morning, 14 October.
“It is an ambitious figure, but one that is in keeping with the ambitions that Run 4 Wales has for the event going forward.”
The new route will encompass some of Cardiff’s most iconic locations. Runners will start outside the historic Cardiff Castle before heading towards the home of Cardiff City FC, the Cardiff City Stadium. The picturesque Penarth Marina and the scenic Cardiff Barrage will once again play major roles in the race.
The runners will then continue through the iconic Cardiff Bay, passing the Doctor Who Experience and the Norwegian Church. The new course then takes in the beautiful Roath Park Lake before runners head back to the heart of the city for a big finish at the impressive Civic Centre.
Over 10,000 runners have already signed up for the 2012 event which has grown to become one of the UK’s biggest and best half marathons and entries are selling faster than ever before.
“Double Olympic Marathon runner Steve Brace and his team of course designers have come up with a flat, fast, enjoyable and picturesque route that will offer something to all types of runner. Equally important, it will also offer plenty of good vantage points for fans to roar on their loved ones and become a part of the big event,” added Roberts.
“There has always been a very special atmosphere in this event and we want to add to that this year as we celebrate the 10th anniversary in style.”
With up to 500 entries selling each week at present, Run 4 Wales are expecting demand to increase even more once Olympic fever sets in and the world’s greatest athletes inspire runners to get up and go for their own slice of personal gold by earning a Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon medal.
2012 Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon Route