The Cardiff Half Marathon has been postponed to a new date in 2022, organisers announced today.
The event was originally planned to take place this autumn, on Sunday, October 3, but has now been rescheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2022, organisers Run 4 Wales said, while a virtual event will take the place of the in-person race this October. All runners who had booked a spot on the Half Marathon have been contacted with further details and entry options, Run 4 Wales said.
Matt Newman, Chief Executive of Run 4 Wales, said the decision came down to ongoing uncertainty over event restrictions: ‘Whilst the vaccine rollout in the UK continues to provide cause for optimism, the situation in Wales remains uncertain, with the Welsh Government currently setting a maximum outdoor event capacity of 4,000, including event-related spectators.
‘At present there are also no plans to relax the 2 metre social distancing rules, which provides significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.’
Due to this uncertainty, Newman said, Run 4 Wales made the decision to postpone, in agreement with Cardiff Council. ‘The health and safety of race participants, their supporters, event volunteers and the Run 4 Wales staff team is at the forefront of our decision making and we hope that everyone understands the reasons for this decision,’ he said.
The postponement marks the third time the Cardiff Half Marathon has been delayed since the pandemic began, the last race having taken place in 2019. Kenyans Leonard Langat and Edith Chelimo won the men’s and women’s elite races respectively that year, while Langat’s finishing time of 0:59:30 marked a new course record.
This year would have seen the Cardiff Half Marathon join the new SuperHalfs Half Marathon series, alongside events in Prague, Copenhagen, Valencia and Lisbon. Organisers said they hoped that other events in their portfolio – which includes the Newport Wales Marathon, Cardiff Bay Run, and Porthcawl and Barry Island 10K races – could still take place this autumn.
A number of other Half Marathon events have been postponed already this year. Following the government’s roadmap announcement earlier this year, the Hackney Half was delayed from May 16 to September 26 2021. Meanwhile, organisers of the Bath Half Marathon announced in April that the event would take place in March 2022, after it had already been pushed back from March 2021 to September that year.
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