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No half-measures as Cardiff Half sells out in record time.

THE Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon has sold out in record time for the third year running.

The final few remaining general entries were snapped up as the nation watched in awe as record numbers completed the London Marathon - one week earlier than in 2018.

A total of 25,000 runners will flood the streets for the nation's largest mass-participation and charity fundraising event on Sunday, October 6. Run 4 Wales chief executive Matt Newman, said: "We're delighted to see that the popularity of the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon continues to grow year on year. It goes to show how much people from across the UK and beyond want to experience Wales' largest mass participation event and our fantastic capital city."

Welsh runners boasted solid performances in London, with Dewi Griffiths finishing 16th in 2:11:46, Josh Griffiths running a new lifetime best of 2:14:25. And 2018 ABP Newport Wales Marathon Champion Natasha Cockram was the first Welsh finisher in the women's race in 2:40:31.

General entries may have sold out, but those inspired to take on their own personal challenge can still get involved by signing up for one of the race's official charity partners, including Lead Charity Partner, NSPCC, and Associate Charity Partners Mind, Shelter Cymru and Alzheimer's Society.

All details and a full list of official charities can be found at cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/running-forcharity-list-of-associated-charities/.

The event will once again offer a flat, fast 13.1-mile tour of Wales' capital city. The route of the popular race, which has grown to be one of the UK's biggest and best running events remains unchanged. Meanwhile, course records are expected to tumble when a competitive elite field battle it out over 26.2 miles at Sunday's ABP Newport Wales Marathon.

Dan Nash is the red-hot favourite in the men's race following a stunning fourth place finish at the Brighton Marathon last month. The 25-year-old Cardiff AAC athlete slashed four minutes off his personal best to cross the line in 2:18:51, and will be out to go even faster on the flat, fast Newport route.

In the women's race, Wales international Alaw Beynon-Thomas will make her long anticipated debut over marathon distance. The 2017 Nos Galan road race champion is untested over 26.2 miles but has run an impressive 1:16:48 over half marathon distance. She will be hoping to smash the record time of 02:44:58 set by local favourite Natasha Cockram last year.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 2, 2019
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