Cardiff Half postponed – but what does this mean for London Marathon? - Women's Running

Cardiff Half postponed – but what does this mean for London Marathon?

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  July 7, 2021

It'll be the third time this major race has had to delay, but plans are in place for a free Virtual Cardiff Half, while the London Marathon on the same dates still hopes to happen

ICYMI, sadly the Cardiff Half Marathon was postponed last week. Due to take over the Welsh capital on 3rd October, the race has now been rescheduled for 27th March 2022.

“Run 4 Wales (R4W) has been working closely with the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council to understand the potential timeline for the safe return of events in Wales, including the Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon (CHM),” says Matt Newman, chief executive of Run 4 Wales.

“While 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.”


But all is not lost – the organisers are instead arranging a free-to-enter Virtual Cardiff Half, giving everyone the chance to walk, jog or run the 13.1 distance ahead of the live event in March. You can find out more here.

With the Cardiff Half due to take place on the same date as the London Marathon, there has been speculation as to whether London will still go ahead. But as reopening plans look set to progress in England this month, organisers remain confident that the race in the capital will still happen. “All the research has shown that there is negligible chance of getting Covid-19 outdoors and the whole industry is working together to bring back events safely,” says Hugh Brasher, Event Director of LME (London Marathon Events).

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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