Having entered and been training for the event, the time for the half marathon, consisting of 13.1 miles or 21.1 km, arrived for Emma, and her participation in the event and the prospect of running for such a good and charitable cause was one to savour.
Of the Wales Air Ambulance, Emma has said:
“I’ve raised money for many charities before but this is the one charity I will always donate too if I see collections for. Its such an important service for us in Wales. You will never know when you will need them!
Unfortunately family and friends have had to use this service and honestly without them they could possibly not be here now.“
Emma has set up a fundraising page on the online donation platform, JustGiving – the details fo which we will share at the end of this blog.
The Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon has grown from humble beginnings, over the last decade and a half, into one of the largest and most exciting road races in the UK, and certainly the biggest in Wales. In fact, it is now one of Europe’s largest half marathons and is Wales’ largest mass participation and multi-charity fundraising event, all rolled into a dynamic, multi-ability event.
The Cardiff Half as an event has grown significantly since it was founded by charity Barnardo’s in 2003 when around 1,500 runners took part.
In its 16th year in 2019, it now attracts a mass race field of over 27,500 registered amateur runners, competing alongside world-class athletes in three extremely well-contested men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite races. The event also encompasses the Welsh Half Marathon Championships annually, and has hosted the World (2016) and Commonwealth (2018) Half Marathon Championships.
The race is a member of the SuperHalfs, a global series of the world’s most prestigious half marathons including races in Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia.
A fast and mainly flat course, the Cardiff Half passes all of the city’s most breathtaking scenery and iconic landmarks including Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium (AKA the Millennium Stadium, for the undying rugby historian), the Civic Centre and the stunning beauty of Cardiff’s Bay area.
Now sponsored by Cardiff University since 2016, and is supported by a number of other strategic partners. It supports a large number of charities and good causes, with more than £3 million raised each year.