On your marks, get set, run!
27 August 2019
The sun was shining on Sunday as runners of all ages and abilities took part in the Butetown Mile.
The one-mile race along Bute Street, which connects Cardiff City Centre and the Bay, originated in the 1980s, when it welcomed the best in the country to take part in an elite race and the local community to take part in a fun run.
The event came to an end in the 1990s, but in 2014 Dr Sarah Fry – a lecturer at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, re-launched the race in partnership with the local community.
Speaking about the revived race, Dr Sarah Fry commented;
“I’m proud that we’re able to run this historic and special event. Through the Butetown Mile, we’re able to provide the community with an opportunity for integration, health and well-being and at the same time raise money for a fantastic cause”.
Cardiff is one of only three places in the world to host a straight mile road race alongside Fifth Avenue, New York and the Champs-Elysees, Paris.
Over 130 runners competed on Sunday with the more experienced runners attempting to achieve their ‘mile’ personal best and families and groups of friends taking on the challenge and having fun.
Llamau, whose mission is to end homelessness for young people and women across Wales, was this year’s official charity for the event.