Half Marathon support extended

27 March 2017

Cardiff Half Marathon  - Starting line

Cardiff University has pledged its continued support as title sponsor of the Cardiff Half Marathon, a year on from the unforgettable Cardiff University/World Half Marathon.

The University will remain as title sponsor of the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon for three more years, until at least 2020.

“Running in the footsteps of champions”

The eyes of the world were on the Welsh capital exactly a year ago (26th March) as Geoffrey Kamworor held off the challenge of Sir Mo Farah to claim the Cardiff University/World Half Marathon Championships gold medal as more than 16,000 mass participation runners experienced “running in the footsteps of champions”.

Cardiff University was at the forefront again seven months later when it first came on board as title sponsor of the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon. A record 25,073 people registered to be part of race weekend.

Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, Matt Newman, commented: “Our partnership with Cardiff University has flourished since last year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon and we look forward to taking this association forward until at least 2020...”

“Cardiff University is one of Wales’ most recognisable institutions and is known around the world for its ground-breaking research into health, and this new partnership will provide an exciting range of opportunities for both parties.”

Matt Newman, Run 4 Wales Chief Executive

“At Run 4 Wales we have a strong commitment to helping improve the health and wellbeing of the nation, as well as engaging and giving back to the local community, and Cardiff University are the ideal sponsor to help us grow in these areas.”

The University is utilising its relationship with the UK’s second largest half marathon to support its ongoing research into health by encouraging students, staff, alumni and members of the public to raise funds for key University health research.

More than 250 free running spaces will be distributed to runners who pledge to raise at least £150 (£100 for students) for this cause.

#TeamCardiff

All 100% of the funds raised by the University’s #TeamCardiff runners will go towards research into cancer and neuroscience & mental health.

VC with top three marathon runners

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “It’s great news to be able to announce our continued support of the second biggest race of its kind in the UK...”

“The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is a major event in the Welsh sporting calendar and a great motivator for people to adopt healthier lifestyles.”

Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

“It complements the University’s agenda because public health is a major part of our work and something that we take extremely seriously.

“We are the main provider of medical and healthcare training in Wales and our researchers are helping tackle global health challenges, an area that our involvement in the race directly supports.

#TeamCardiff runners

“If you’re thinking of taking part in the event in 2017, please consider running as part of #TeamCardiff and raising funds for the University’s research into cancer and neuroscience & mental health.”

The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon is also supported by strategic partners Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Athletics.

There is still time to sign up for this year’s race on Sunday 1 October, visit www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk to register and find out more.

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