ken skatesKen Skates AM

 

”It was a huge honour for Wales to win the right to host the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships and we now look forward in welcoming some of the world’s top runners to Wales for the biggest athletics event to be held in here since the commonwealth games in 1958.

 

Winning the bid is testament to our enviable credentials in hosting successful global sporting events, such as Ashes Test, Ryder Cup, Rugby World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and many others and we also look forward to hosting the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017 and the Volvo Ocean race in 2018.

 

I’m delighted that Welsh Government has been able to support many of these major events and we’ve also been able to grow many of our home grown events – The Cardiff Half Marathon being an excellent example.  The race has already proved itself to be one of the biggest and best road races in the UK and its  success was such an important factor in winning the bid for the World Championships.

 

2016 is the Year of Adventure in Wales, a year in which we celebrate and seek to build on a wave of exciting new openings, developments and events across the country, and over 10 years of ongoing investment by Welsh Government to make Wales one of the UK’s leading adventure destinations.  Joining the elite runners will 25,000 people – all looking forward to their own personal adventure while  they take part in mass participation race around the capital.   I wish the competitors and organisers well and look forward to this epic adventure on Easter Saturday. “