Run for Rhondda: local people offered free places on Cardiff Half Marathon

2 December 2015

Are you ready to kick start 2016 with a new health challenge? Cardiff University is offering 500 places to amateur runners on the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016, free of charge. It is inviting local people from the Rhondda area to get their running shoes on and try something new to improve their well being.

It is part of the IAAF, event organisers Run 4 Wales and title sponsors Cardiff University’s commitment to promote running as an accessible physical activity that can improve long-term health.

Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor at Cardiff University said: “We are looking to offer the 500 free places to people who may be thinking about running for the very first time. We would like to see people running who have never considered anything like this before or are excluded from sport due to cost, facilities, support, or who are just simply struggling with motivation.”

Those who decide to take up the free places will also have the opportunity to participate in a Cardiff University research project which will monitor their progress and explore ways to avoid running injuries.

For more information about the Athletics for a Better World Scheme and how to apply for one of these spaces, visit or follow the event on Twitter @cardiff2016 and Facebook IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 2016.

If you’re a Rhondda resident and you’d like to take on the challenge, let us know how you get on! We would love to share your progress through over the coming months.

Homepage image accompanying this article is copyright Robert Couse-Baker.

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