16,000 runners took the streets of Cardiff on Saturday (March 26th) to run in the footsteps of Champions as part of the success that was, the IAAF/ Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships.
The festivities started on Thursday (March 24th) morning as the Cardiff Sports Expo opened its doors to the masses. The Expo encompassed exhibitors and conference speakers which ranged from Paula Radcliff, Mo Farah to our very own blogger Hannah Phillips.
The keynote speaker on Thursday evening was Paula Radcliffe, and following an arduous 6 hour journey from London to Cardiff, Paula arrived to an Expo full of eager fans wanting her top tips and awaiting her talk on Women and Running.
Paula also presented to a more intimate group of fans at the Hilton Hotel which included some of the Run Wales community. These lucky women got the opportunity to ask Paula more questions and have their photos taken.
“The girls that came with us were in awe of how inspirational and lovely Paula was” Jess Morgan, Us Girls project.
Hannah Phillips took to the stage on Friday evening to speak about how running has transformed her life. She also read a chapter from her e-book ‘No Run Intended’. To read more from Hannah visit our ‘meet our true runners page’
On Friday morning there was a session called ‘Mo Inspires’. British distance runner, Mo Farah did a meet-and-greet and took some questions from local school children, a groups of Run Wales social runners and competition winners.
It is fair to say that the whole event was a great success – not even ‘Storm Katie’ could compete! And we were delighted by the number of you who visited our stand over the 3-day event to see how Run Wales can support and motivate you going forward in your running.
If you were inspired by the world event and want to either start running you are looking for support to continue, but didn’t get a chance to see us last week, then sign up to the Run Wales community today and join hundreds of other runners in Wales as we all embark on our own running journeys together.