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Cardiff University at heart of medal design

22 September 2017

Half Marathon medal with Main Building

The 2017 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon finishers’ medal will celebrate the partnership between Wales’ largest mass-participation event and Cardiff University.

The University will continue as title sponsor until at least 2020 after committing for a further three years. A total 25,000 runners are aiming to cross the finish line on 1 October, where they will receive a brand new commemorative medal honouring the working relationship.

Main Building, constructed almost 100 years ago, sits in the heart of the city centre and is central to the new design. The embossed medal will be awarded to every finisher after they take on the flat, fast, iconic course at the biggest Cardiff Half ever.

Matt Newman, Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, said: “Our partnership with Cardiff University has flourished since last year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the 2016 Cardiff Half Marathon and we’re delighted to continue the relationship until at least 2020...”

“Cardiff University is Wales’ leading education institution and is known around the world for its ground-breaking research and student experience. The Cardiff Half is Wales’ largest mass-participation event and our partnership with the country’s leading University will only help the event get bigger and better.”

Matt NewmanRun 4 Wales Chief Executive

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

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


#TeamCardiff runners

All of the funds raised by the University’s #TeamCardiff runners will go towards research into cancer and neuroscience & mental health. More than 300 free running spaces have been distributed to runners who pledge to raise money for this cause.

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, said: “We are delighted to continue our involvement in this extremely popular event which plays such an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle to our communities...”

VC Prof. Colin Riordan (Square)

“The training and commitment required to secure a finishers’ medal is enormous so we’re proud that an image of our Main Building will be on the medals worn by runners to mark their achievement.”

Professor Colin RiordanVice-Chancellor, Cardiff University

“Main Building is the heart of the University and is a city landmark loved by students, staff and citizens alike.”

The race takes place on Sunday 1 October, and has completely sold out. For more information on getting involved as a spectator or volunteer, visit

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