Organisers of the Cardiff Half Marathon have announced that the race will be postponed until March 2021, with a new virtual race launched for October 2021.
In a statement via the Cardiff Half Marathon website Run 4 Wales said "It is with deep regret that Run 4 Wales, the company that promotes Wales’ leading mass-participation sporting events, has today announced that the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon has been postponed to a new date in 2022."
The Cardiff Half Marathon was due to be run in the Welsh capital on 3 October and has now been re-scheduled for 27 March, 2022.
It is the third time the event has had to be postponed due to the pandemic, the last race being in October, 2019, when the Kenyan Leonard Langat emerged victorious from a field of more than 25,000 runners to win in a course record 59 min, 30 sec.
Matt Newman, R4W Chief Executive explained the thinking behind the postponement: “Run 4 Wales (R4W) has been working closely with the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council to understand the potential timeline for the safe return of events in Wales, including the Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon (CHM).
“Whilst the vaccine rollout in the UK continues to provide cause for optimism, the situation in Wales remains uncertain, with the Welsh Government currently setting a maximum outdoor event capacity of 4,000, including event-related spectators.
“At present there are also no plans to relax the 2 metre social distancing rules, which provides significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.
“Over recent years the CHM has grown into the 2nd largest half-marathon in the UK, with over 25,000 participants and 100,000 spectators lining the route. An event of this scale requires a significant planning phase and we have now entered the critical period. The Welsh Government’s 21-day review cycle means that R4W cannot predict the prevailing restrictions which will be in force this autumn, so a decision needs to be made now.
“Due to this uncertainty and in agreement with Cardiff City Council, circumstances dictate that we must now postpone the 2021 CHM to the spring of 2022. The health and safety of race participants, their supporters, event volunteers and the Run 4 Wales staff team is at the forefront of our decision making and we hope that everyone understands the reasons for this decision.
Every runner with a place will be able to use it at the rescheduled Festival of Running event on Saturday 26th March and Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 27th March 2022. Runners will also have the opportunity to run the new virtual Cardiff Half Marathon this October for Free.
Runner options can be found via the Cardiff Half Marathon website.