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Important Race Announcement

Race organisers Kidney Wales have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and we are saddened to announce that The Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K & 2K Family Run scheduled for Sunday 6 Sept 2020 has been cancelled.

This has been an extremely difficult decision for us here at Kidney Wales, however the health of our runners, spectators, volunteers, event staff and the wider population is our main priority at this time.  We know that many of our runners have been training hard for a long time for this run, and we understand and share the disappointment with this outcome. 

This year we would have been celebrating 35 years since Kidney Wales founded The Cardiff 10K with just a few hundred runners.  Today it is one of Wales’ longest standing and most popular road races, with thousands of runners taking part, and tens of thousands of spectators lining the streets of our fabulous capital city. 

The Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K is Kidney Wales’ flagship fundraising event, and over the years the money raised has helped us to provide support for Welsh kidney patients, who number over 20,000 across the country, and also their families in numerous important ways.  It helped us to campaign for the change in law on organ donation, to refurbish the Children’s Kidney Unit and Children’s haemodialysis ward, and it has helped fund additional support for health and social care, including social workers and psychologists, and the purchase of equipment for dialysis and transplant units. 

Danielle Jones, Event Manager at Kidney Wales says: “It is with much disappointment that we must follow suit of many other races scheduled this year and cancel The Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K and 2K. This has been an extremely difficult decision for us here at Kidney Wales,  with all proceeds of this event directly supporting families and changing the lives of Kidney Patients here in Wales. This is an event we look forward to hosting year on year, and we are so proud of how it has developed into such an iconic event over its 35 year history, as well as our achievements as a charity as a result of this annual fundraiser. 

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the event over the years, and continues to do so.  We look forward to celebrating with you ‘virtually’ this year, and at a future event post pandemic.  We hope that you will stand with us and support us during these unprecedented times” 

Cardiff Met’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Leigh Robinson said: “The Cardiff 10K is a highlight for us at Cardiff Met, as well as for our community and the many visitors to our capital who take part by running, volunteering or cheering in their thousands each year. Last year’s record-breaking turn-out was testament to the hard work and determination of our partners and race organisers at Kidney Wales.

“We are of course disappointed that the race will not take place as planned this year, but we look forward to working with Kidney Wales and the wider 10K team, on making the next event a celebration of the courage, determination and family fun that this race has become known for since it began back in 1985.”

During these extremely difficult times we send our love and appreciation to those in public services and our colleagues in the charity sector, who continue to risk their lives on the frontline to protect others and helping to battle the pandemic.  We would also like to extend our thoughts to those who have been directly affected by Covid-19 and the family and friends of those who have sadly passed away.  

Information for Participants

All registered runners will receive an email with further advice on their entry. 

There are three options as a registered runner for The Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K & 2K Fun Run. 

1) Donate your entry fee to Race Organisers Kidney Wales

We are supporting our NHS through the Covid-19 outbreak, providing urgent information, direct financial assistance, and well-being support to people with chronic kidney disease and their families, many of whom are shielding due to being extremely vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus.  In addition to our patients, we are also supporting our NHS by sourcing vital items including temporary beds, food and drinks and wellbeing items.  

We need your help to continue this important work. The COVID-19 crisis has affected the charities fundraising activities significantly with events such as The 10K, and this is jeopardising the future support the charity will be able to offer. 

We are politely asking for anyone who can to please consider donating their entry fee to race organisers Kidney Wales enabling our support to continue to those patients and our NHS staff in need during this crisis.  If a runner  would like to donate their entry fee, there is no further action that they need to take.   

2) Run the race in 2021

We can defer a place to our 2021 race on Sunday 5 September.  There would normally be a fee for deferring your place, but this has been waived under the circumstances.  All deferrals must be emailed to cardiff10k@kidneywales.cymru by Sunday 6 September 2020 at 5pm. 

3) Transfer

An entry can be transferred to another runner.  The usual fee for this has been waived due to the circumstances. All transfers must be emailed to cardiff10k@kidneywales.cymru by Sunday 6 September with the name and email address of the new runner.  Please note the original participant will not receive a refund of their entry fee with this option. 

Additional Information

Sadly, we are not able to offer refunds as costs have already been incurred in association with the planned 2020 event. Our terms and conditions state that runners will not be entitled to a refund if an event is cancelled because of a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the organisers, and it is with regret that this condition must be upheld in order to secure the future of Kidney Wales and our most loved Cardiff 10K event. 

If you have booked an iTab medal insert this will be transferred to the 2021 event, if you select the deferral option. 

If a runner has not selected to defer or transfer their entry by 5PM Sunday 6 September, the entry fee will automatically be donated to race organisers Kidney Wales. 

We hope that you will stand with us and support us during these unprecedented times.