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100 days to go until the iaaf world half marathon in cardiff

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17 December 2015 

Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton and running legend Paula Radcliffe are among the celebrities throwing their support behind the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 2016.

Today (Thursday 17th December) marks 100 days until the biggest athletics event ever to be held in Wales, Cardiff 2016, taking place on Easter Saturday 26th March.

More than 200 of the world’s best athletes from 50 countries will descend on Cardiff to battle it out for the prestigious World Half Marathon Championships title.

They will be joined by up to 20,000 mass race runners who will get the unique opportunity to ‘Run in the Footsteps of Champions’ by completing the same iconic 13.1m route around Cardiff at the same time as the world’s best.

Wales and Cardiff Blues star Sam Warburton said: “The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships is going to be another fantastic event for Cardiff and Wales.

“I’d like to wish everyone training for the event the best of luck, I am sure it will be an amazing experience.”

Blues star Warburton and Cardiff City’s Frederico Macheda and Tony Watt, are just three of the famous faces who have shown their support for Cardiff 2016 by posing with a specially created ‘100 days to go’ promotional board which has been around the city in recent weeks. Visit @Cardiff2016 on Twitter to see the full gallery.

Rugby legend Gareth Edwards, former Wales international Non Evans, current Welsh rugby stars Rhys Webb, Lloyd Williams and Cory Allen, athletics great Christian Malcom, leading British athletes Meghan Beesley and Martyn Rooney, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Sport, Culture and Tourism Ken Skates AM and Sport Wales chair Laura McAllister have all given their backing to Cardiff 2016.

Matt Newman, chief executive of Cardiff 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, commented:

“With 100 days to go until the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 2016 there is a real buzz around the city and it’s been great to see so many people from the Welsh sporting scene giving their support to the event.

“Preparations are now well underway for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships and we are looking forward to a spectacular event to make Cardiff and Wales proud on Easter Saturday next year.

“The response from the running community has been incredible and we will be welcoming people from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

“For those who have not yet signed up there are still 100 days to go, so plenty of time to lace up your trainers and get ready for an event that should not be missed.”

To celebrate the countdown to 100 days to go Run 4 Wales have been running an advent calendar competition with prizes including a meet and greet with race ambassador Paula Radcliffe, a new pair of trainers from event sponsor adidas and a brand new top of the range camera from Canon.

For more information about and to sign up to the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships visit www.cardiff2016.co.uk or follow the event on Twitter @cardiff2016 and Facebook search IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 2016.