Paula Radcliffe will act as one of the leading ambassadors for next year’s IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships. The event will play host to the 22nd edition of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, which is expected to attract a host of elite runners to the Welsh capital.
With the date set for Saturday 26 March, 2016, the race will be ideal preparation for many athletes competing in the Rio Olympic Games 147 days later. This will be the largest athletics event to be staged in the country since Wales hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
Radcliffe, who retired from competitive racing after taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon, has won the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on three occasions. On the Welsh event, the world marathon record holder commented: “It is a race that is very close to my heart and I am sure Wales and Cardiff are going to do a great job of hosting it.”
“Hopefully we will get a great turnout of spectators because a brilliant atmosphere will make such a big difference, especially to the athletes representing Great Britain. It is also a rare chance for 25,000 people to run alongside and go through the same experience and all the emotions of the elite athletes.
“The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was my first major title and was a huge pick-me-up after the disappointment of not winning a medal at the Sydney Olympics. It could be a real springboard for our athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics and we have seen what excellent shape Mo Farah has been in this summer after doing a half marathon in the spring.”
More details of the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships at the IAAF website.