On Saturday 26th March 2016 the renowned IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships will arrive in Cardiff, Wales, for what is set to be one of the most prestigious and enthralling UK endurance events of recent years. Run in the same race on the same course as the world’s best athletes and earn your own world championship medal.

The world’s best runners will be descending on Cardiff’s streets next March for what is sure to be a hotly contested IAAF elite race that will offer plenty of excitement and entertainment for spectators and runners alike.

Also open to mass participants, the event is the perfect opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to run in the footsteps of champions in a World Championship race.

The last time the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships came to the UK was in 2009 when Birmingham hosted the elite competition. 2016’s event is special as it will be the first time in which the UK has also hosted a mass race at the same time as the elites.

With a limited capacity of 25,000 spaces up for grabs in the mass race, demand is high for the chance to run a world-class championship course alongside world-renowned runners.

2014’s event in Copenhagen, Denmark, saw Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor ease home to win in an astonishing time of 59:08; the world’s fastest time in 2014. In the women’s field, Gladys Cherono led Kenya to a team title with a season’s best of 1:07:29.

The flat, fast and iconic Cardiff course is PB-ready and rich with potential for fast times from mass participants and an elite field.

To register CLICK HERE.





Women’s Elite Race:                    13:35

Men’s Elite and Mass Race:         14:10

A complete event timetable will be released nearer the event race day.


Affiliated Club Members (UK affiliated club athletes): £54

General Entry (Non-affiliated runners): £59

Group Entry: £59pp. Discounts available for groups greater than 50 people. Contact for more information



– An adidas technical t-shirt, race bag and finish line gifts

– An IAAF World Championship medal

– Free entry to the Cardiff 2016 Sports Expo and giveaways

– Carnival events programme throughout the city centre

– Course entertainment

– Globally televised race

– Seminar programme with famous faces from around the world

– The unique chance to say that you have run a World Championship race in the UK.

– A flat and fast PB ready course!


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