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GET MOVE ON TO RUN- JUST LIKE JO/ Kade.

Byline: Cathy Owen cathy.owens@walesonline.co.uk

RUNNERS have less than 24 hours to sign up for this year's Cardiff Half-Marathon.

Entries for the run, which takes place on Sunday, October 6, close tomorrow and organisers are urging people to sign up.

More than 17,000 runners have already made their entry in the race, which incorporates an iconic course around Wales' capital city.

Speaking about the current entry figures race director, Steve Brace said: "We are delighted it continues to be one of the most popular races in the autumn running calendar. The growth is not only good for the event itself, but for Wales.

"For the first year the city will host a whole weekend of running activities, with the popular Lloyds TSB Family Fun Run taking place the day before the Cardiff Half - there really is something for everyone."

One of the runners taking part is Kade McConville, who ran this year's London Marathon with a broken foot.

The 20-year-old keen runner managed to complete this year's London event in four hours and one minute, despite his injury. And he is hoping to complete next month's half marathon without any injuries.

The teaching assistant, who works at St Julian's in Newport, is running in aid of mental health charity, Mind Cymru, one of the main motivations behind his running. Faced with saving the life of a family member who had attempted suicide as a youngster, exercise became a way of helping him get over the shock.

"Having to put a family member in the recovery position after they have attempted suicide is a huge mental challenge for anyone to deal with, let alone at the age of 15 and again at the age of 18," he said.

"The knock-on effects and pressure have had their effect and I have myself had depression. Signing up to the London Marathon, however, was a turning point for me as it gave me something to focus on.

"Having experienced the positive effects exercise and running had on my mental health, I'm excited to once again be training for my next challenge. It's great also to be able to raise money for Mind Cymru in order to ensure others can benefit from my running as well as me."

It is estimated that in any given year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem yet there is still stigma associated to mental health, which is why Kade feels it is so important to raise awareness.

"Having had experience through my family and personally I feel it is important to be able to talk about mental health openly," he said.

"To help raise awareness I have been giving talks to pupils at St Julian's school in Newport where I work."

The entry fee for the half marathon race is PS32 or PS30 for runners affiliated to an athletic club. Family Fun Run entry is PS7.50 per person.

The official entry deadline is tomorrow. But it is understood that those inspired by this Sunday's Great North Run to enter the Cardiff Half Marathon can enter online by Monday.

| Visit cardiffhalf marathon.co.uk.

| To sponsor Kade visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kade

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 12, 2013
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