Runners pack Cardiff streets for city’s iconic 10K
On Sunday 2 September thousands of people took to the streets for one of Wales’ most iconic racing events, the Nation Radio Cardiff 10K hosted by Kidney Wales. Over 8,000 people participated in the run which was the city’s flattest 10K to date, with many participants recording personal best times.
The race was won by Dewi Griffiths from Swansea Harriers who crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 11 seconds.
Dewi said: “I had a great win in the Cardiff 10K last year, and although I’m not in the same shape now as I was then, I had a good time today winning the race. I always enjoy running the routes in Cardiff.”
Richie said: I love racing in front of my home crowd in the Welsh capital. The new flatter course utilises more of the road, which makes it a fantastic route. Kidney disease touches all of us and we’ve all had a friend or someone we know in need of a transplant. I can’t wait to be back for the Cardiff Half in October.”
Nation Radio hosted activities at the runners’ village, including family friendly entertainment and street food where everyone could take part in the festivities, whether they had run or not.
Assembly Member and Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas also joined the event, supporting the thousands of people who came together to run for local Welsh charities of their choice, including Kidney Wales.
Professor Roy J Thomas, CEO of Kidney Wales, said: “It was wonderful to see so many young people and families enjoy the 2K Family Fun Run. We wanted to make this year’s race a true day-out for families, filled with entertainment.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere. A special thanks must go to our volunteers and all the race sponsors without whom this event simply could not happen.”
Sponsors of the event included Nation Radio, Cardiff Council, Sport Cardiff, Cardiff Met University, Brecon Carreg, Eurobond, Run & Become, James and Jenkins, and AR Digital.
The day’s festivities got up and running at 9.15 am when more than 1000 people of all abilities and ages took on the 2K Family Fun Run with sponsored t-shirts from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Then shortly before the 10K, runners were invited to warm up with Pure Gym to
The new course also led to a quick wheelchair race and this year the wheelchair 10K was won by Richie Powell from Tredegar who finished the race in 29 minutes, 13 seconds.