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Everything you need to know about the 2023 Cardiff Cross Challenge

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07/11/2023 00:00, In Blog / Club Notice Board / Cross Country /

The 2023 Cardiff Cross Challenge returns for the 26 event this Saturday at Llandaff Fields!

For the third year in a row, the Cardiff Cross Challenge has achieved the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold Label and is the only Cross-Country event to do so in the UK. It will also form part of the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series and the second fixture of the John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League.

The introduction of the Senior Male and Senior Women’s Elite Mile is another exciting addition to the Cardiff Cross Challenge. These two races will be an important race for those athletes looking to compete at the European short course trials two weeks later in Liverpool.


Following a two-minute silence to pay respects on Armistice Day, the day will get underway at 11.02 a.m. with the Under 11 Girls and Boys races held in conjunction with URDD Goabith Cymru.


Download the timetable here.


With some new additions to this year’s event some updates have been made to the course.

An additional log jump has been added to the big lap.

Whilst in the Elite Mile a new turnaround has been added.

Download the course map here.


Unable to make it on the day? Want to play back post-event day? Never fear we have you covered.

All races in the 2023 Cardiff Cross Challenge will be live streamed via the Welsh Athletics YouTube channel with over 5 hours of live coverage!

Watch the event live here.


Make those race days memories last for longer by making the most of the retail pop-up stores including Welsh Athletics and our online retail partner Sole Mate.

Get ready to shop brands such as Hoka, Solomon, Scott, and more. From trainers to belts, race number clips, caps, gloves, socks, head torches, and much more!


A local caterer ‘OMG’ will be selling hot and cold food and snacks at the event village located alongside Cafe Castan in the park.


The Cardiff Cross Challenge takes place in Llandaff Fields, just north of Cardiff City Centre. Local rail links, hotels and amenities are located just a short distance from the Course. Car parking is available with a five-minute walk of the event and details can be found here.

No Cars are allowed in Llandaff Fields on race day.

By Bicycle
The easiest way to access the venue from the city centre is by bicycle via the Taff Trail and across Pontcanna Fields. Cardiff now runs a Next Bike scheme with pick up and drop off locations across the city including Llandaff fields.

By Rail
Cardiff is less than two hours from London. High–speed intercity trains link most main cities, airports to Cardiff, the main railway station is at the very centre of the city, with all hotels, restaurants and amenities close by.

By Road
From the East (Severn Bridge) – Exit the M4 at junction 29 onto the A48M signposted Cardiff E & S. Continue on the A48M for approx. 7 miles. The University Hospital of Wales will be on your right. Follow the signs to the city Centre onto North Road.

From Swansea – Exit the M4 at junction 32, onto the A470. Follow the road signs towards the city centre onto the North Road.

Race Day Parking

Event car parking is available at Cardiff Metropolitan University which is within 300 metres of the course: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sat Nav: CF5 2YB.

For parking at the University, please use the footbridge over the A48.

We advise competitors not to travel directly by vehicle to the park entrance on Cathedral Road to avoid congestion in the residential area of Pontcanna. This is extremely important because the future of this event relies on us not blocking the Highway.

We look forward to seeing you there! Keep-up-to date via social media channels!