The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has awarded Cardiff Half Marathon a Silver Label, a step-up from its previous status as a Bronze Label race in 2016. News of the recognition will come as a massive boost – it is now the UK's only Silver Road Race Label event – as organisers Run 4 Wales aim to attract entries of 25,000 for 2017.
2016 saw the half play host to the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in March and the race lived up to expectations as defending champion, Geoffrey Kamworor, recovered from a bad fall at the start to retain the men’s title.
The Kenyan finished ahead of his team-mate Bedan Karoki (59:36) to secure first in 59:20, with Mo Farah third in just under an hour. In the women's race 22-year-old Peres Jepchirchir (1:07:31) sprinted to gold from pre-race favourites Cynthia Limo (1:07:34) and Mary Wacera (1:07:54).
Matt Newman, chief executive of race organisers Run 4 Wales, commented on the news: “We are thrilled to be recognised in this way by the IAAF. It’s a huge tribute to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes but also to the tens of thousands of runners who have helped turn the event into such an amazing spectacle.
“The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon has grown in stature not only as a major competitive athletics event, but also as a community occasion for Wales, and that would not be possible without the tens of thousands of participants and spectators.”
The 2017 edition of the Cardiff Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday 1 October. Early bird registration closes today (31 January): more information is available here.