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CDF 10K – Everything You Need To Know

The new-look CDF 10K is returning to the Welsh running calendar in 2023 this Sunday 3 September.

Over 5,000 people have registered to take part in the 10K, with hundreds more getting involved in one of the supporting Junior Races. Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on the Welsh capital for the event.

When is the CDF 10K?

The event takes place this Sunday 3 September. The 10K race will start at 10:00 and a series of Junior races kick off from 09:15.

Where is it happening?

The event is based in the city centre, with the start and finish line on King Edward VII Avenue. The Junior races are situated around the Cardiff Civic Centre. The event village is situated on the City Hall Lawns.

Can I still enter?

Registration for all races is now closed and no on-the-day entries will be available.

Where does the 10K race go?

The CDF 10K takes runners on a sightseeing tour of the city, with highlights including Cardiff Castle, Central Square and the Principality Stadium.

The race will journey through the heart of central Cardiff, before crossing the River Taff and heading towards the leafy suburb of Pontcanna and the grade 2 listed parkland of Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields.

Runners will then pass Sophia Gardens, the home of Welsh cricket, before passing Cardiff Castle once again ahead of a grandstand finish in the Edwardian Civic Centre.

You can see a map of the route here.

Is there an elite race?

Stacked fields will contest this Sunday’s reinvented CDF 10K which returns following a three year hiatus over a flat and fast course in central Cardiff.

A full elite preview can be seen here.

What Junior Races are taking place?

There are two Junior races taking place. The Future Challengers Mile has been designed for competitive young club athletes looking for an accessible opportunity to compete. The traditional, no-pressure Fun Run is a 2K race suitable for adults and children of all ages. You don’t need to run the whole way, and fancy dress is very much encouraged. Entries for the Junior Races are now sold out, and won’t be available to purchase on the day.

What is the weather forecast?

The forecast for the race day is fine and sunny, with temperatures of around 17 to 20 degrees expected when the runners are out on the course.

What is the best way to travel to the race?

Please be aware that thousands will be looking to arrive at the same time as you, and road closures will be in operation so please allow plenty of time for traveling and parking.

For travel and parking advice click here.

Will there be road closures in place?

Some road closures will be in operation to facilitate the safe passage of participants. Please bear these in mind when planning your travel and parking. A list of road closures and interactive google map to help plan your journey can be found here.

Will money be raised for charity?

Kidney Wales are the lead charity of the 2023 CDF 10K and originally established the event back in 1985. A team of over 150 runners will be devoting their 10K to Kidney Wales in support of patients affected by kidney disease all over Wales.

Who organises the event?

The event is organised by Run 4 Wales (R4W), a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable trust that manages major sporting events including the Cardiff Half Marathon, but the race would not be possible without the support of volunteers. A team of 100 ‘Extra Milers’ will be giving up their own time on race day to ensure every runner has an unforgettable experience.

What will runners receive when they finish the race?

Every 10K runner will receive a commemorative medal and event t-shirt upon finishing the race.

This year’s medal and t-shirts focus on a new look for the historic CDF 10K, with brand new modern, black designs for each.

Can you track runners around the race?

The Run 4 Wales App on iOS and Android can be used to inspect the route pre-race and live track participants on the day with full Google maps functionality.

Find out more or download the app here.

Race Day Guide

A full lowdown of all the important event information can be found here.

If you’re taking part and have any questions or issues, the Event Helpdesk will be open from 07:30am in the Event Village on Sunday morning. Information about what to do if your race pack has not arrived can be found here.