Looking for a new fitness challenge? Join #TeamNSPCC and take on the challenge of the legendary Cardiff Half Marathon on 1 October. Now’s a great time to boost your fitness, smash your running goals and enjoy a brilliant race day – all while helping to change children’s lives.
What is the Cardiff Half Marathon?
The Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest and most exciting road races in the United Kingdom. It is now one of Europe’s largest half marathons and is Wales’s largest mass participation event.
This event now attracts a mass race field of over 27,500 registered runners alongside world-class athletes. These professional athletes run in a trio of fiercely contested men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite races. The Cardiff Half Marathon has also been awarded an Elite Road Race Label by World Athletics, so you’d be running on a world-renowned course!
Cardiff Half Marathon’s course is flat. This makes it perfect for beginners looking for their first challenge, or experienced runners hoping for a fast-paced event. What truly makes this route special though is the views.
Runners can expect to pass the city’s breath-taking scenery as well as Cardiff’s iconic landmarks, including Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium, Civic Center and stunning Cardiff Bay.
Can I Run the Cardiff Half Marathon with The NSPCC?
Absolutely! The NSPCC are always looking for runners who are keen to help change children’s lives. They recruit runners for races across the UK and beyond – including the Cardiff Half Marathon.
Running for The NSPCC will make you feel amazing. Taking part in a half marathon is so good for your fitness and mental health, but running for charity gives you extra motivation.
When training days feel tough or you’re considering quitting, having the support of a charity can give you the extra push you need.
How Would Running the Cardiff Half Marathon Help The NSPCC?
When you run with #TeamNSPCC, you know that every step you take is raising vital funds to help make child abuse a thing of the past. The money you raise during the Cardiff Half Marathon will help every child feel happy, loved and enjoy a childhood free from fear and violence.
Fundraising is a huge support to The NSPCC. Sadly, it’s a shocking fact that 1 in 5 UK children have suffered physical, mental or sexual abuse. The NSPCC are working non-stop across the UK to protect children. But they can’t do it alone. They rely on fundraising from events like The Cardiff Half Marathon to help us always be there for children when they need us.
Plus, simply by wearing NSPCC on your running top, you’d help us spread the word about services and support they offer to help change children’s lives. With every single step, you’ll be doing a power of good.
Rebeca Morgans Storer, the Head of Safeguarding at the Swansea City Association Football Club, took part in the 2022 Cardiff Half Marathon to fundraise for the NSPCC.
Although protecting children and keeping them safe from harm is part of her job at the club, the issues around protecting children became increasingly important to her when she practiced as a solicitor working in family law and care proceedings.
Rebeca said, “There are so many children who aren’t as fortunate as I was growing up and while practicing as a solicitor, I came to understand the abuse and hardship some children face. The experience really hit home and since then I have wanted to help keep children free from harm and abuse.”
With that inspiration in mind Rebeca, from Llanelli, decided to train for the half marathon and raise money for the NSPCC.
She said, “I contacted the organisation, and the support has been great. I have had a training plan to work to and I have been following #TeamNSPCC on Facebook.”
“The NSPCC does fantastic work to protect children, but there is always a cost attached. If I can contribute towards the NSPCC carrying out its essential work, then that is something I am keen to do.”
How Would the NSPCC Support Me During the Cardiff Half Marathon?
As a #TeamNSPCC runner, you’d benefit from the brilliant backing that all our fundraisers receive. This includes:
• A breathable running top,
• Personalized training plan from a personal trainer based on your experience and confidence
• Fundraising support all the way to race day on 1st October.
On the big day itself, you’re assured of a postrace hero’s welcome from us. You’ll be provided with well-deserved food and drink and even a massage. You’ve earnt the VIP treatment!
In short, the NSPCC will sort out all the details – so you can just go out there and smash it!
Find out more today at nspcc.org.uk/cardiffhalf – if you decide to sign up, fantastic! As a treat for Women’s Weekly readers, you can enter CARDIFF when prompted to register for just £1.
If you have any questions about the NSPCC or running for them, you can also contact [email protected] and the friendly team of fundraising experts will be happy to help.
Yet to run a half marathon? Read our guide on running your first half marathon next