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Date : 31st July, 2018
Time : 54’ 03”
Number of runners (total to date) : 53 (2374)
Total distance run to date : 1480 km internationally + 30km in the UK
Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2899590677
I first went to Cardiff in 2002 for the Brand X League Cup final. Horrific traffic in both directions and Spurs lost to Blackburn. A thoroughly miserable affair.
I was back in 2015 for the All Blacks against Georgia in the Rugby World Cup. I went by train and met up with my bro and Joe (his son ; my nephew). Much better.
Sport was also the reason for my third visit. Which seemed appropriate given that Cardiff was celebrating a great sporting triumph – Geraint Thomas winning the Tour de France.
More specifically, I was there for Run the World Cardiff
The run was organised by Adam Bitchell from Run Wales. Adam is quite a serious runner. He ran for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he came 15th in the 10000 metre final. In 28 minutes odd.
I know what you’re thinking. That’s not good enough. Dan, you need to give him a few tips.
Seriously, though, stop for a second and consider what he did. And then go outside and run 100 metres in 17 seconds. Once you’ve done that, imagine running 100 of those. Consecutively. Because that’s what Adam did. Elite runners really are amazing.
He also put together an excellent run in Cardiff.
There were about 50 of us at the start on the banks of the river Taff. From there we did 2 loops of the (5km) Park Run. It’s a lovely route – along the river, past cricketers in the evening sun, through Bute Park and back to the start.
And, as ever on these runs, there were any number of inspiring people to talk to. Roshan who’d lost his wife and had a quadruple bypass.
Mel who has type 1 diabetes (the rare one) and who was recently part of the group who broke the World record for the most people with type 1 to finish a half marathon.
The Rhondda runner who was told by his doctor that, at 50, he shouldn’t take up running. He’d ignored that advice and was now, somewhat to my surprise, pacing me through the field.
I say ‘surprise’ because I’d found my last run – at a Syrian refugee camp on the Lebanon-Syria border – so debilitating that I’d been concerned that I wasn’t in good enough shape to finish the Cardiff run. Let alone run at a pace that left Adam eating my dust.
Ok, that last bit isn’t entirely accurate but it’s amazing how much easier it was to run in British weather with good company all around. Including running the final few kilometres with Adam and Lucy. I can report that there Adam’s running seemed to involve a lot more bounce, and a lot less sweat, than mine…
As you can probably tell, I loved the run in Cardiff. It was the perfect example of social running. Great exercise; great fun.
It just remains for me to say a huge thank you to Adam, Run Wales and all my fellow runners. I hope to see you all in London on July 4th 2020 for the Run the World finale!
And, if you’re reading this in Wales, then don’t forget that the Run Wales website has all the information you need to start / continue/ improve / enjoy your running!
Many more pictures from the evening below.
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