11th December 2014

Cardiff To Host Gb & Ni Half Marathon Trials

11 December 2014

The 2015 staging of the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 4 October will incorporate the British team trials for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, to be held at the same venue in March 2016. The event will also host the penultimate round of the 2015 runbritain Grand Prix which has been launched this morning.

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016 is yet another high profile athletics event to be held in the UK in recent years, and the 2015 event will act as the perfect warm-up for south Wales as the region prepares for the arrival of the world’s best endurance athletes a few months later.

The runbritain Grand Prix, won in 2014 by Scott Overall (coach: Alan Storey) and Emma Stepto (Alan Rowling), will comprise of six races and offers a cumulative British-only prize fund of more than £60,000. As we look ahead to 2015, it has been announced that the races included in the runbritain Grand Prix are as follows:

• Vitality Reading Half Marathon – Sunday 22 March – (incorporating English Championships)
• Bupa London 10,000 – Monday 25 May – (incorporating British Championships)
• Bristol 10k – Sunday 31 May   
• Cardiff 10k – Sunday 6 September 
• Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon – Sunday 4 October – (incorporating British Championships)
• Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 10k – Sunday 15 November – (incorporating English Championships)

The Cardiff 10k is a new addition to the 2015 Grand Prix, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year and has been organised by Graham Finlayson ever since its inauguration.

In addition to the runbritain Grand Prix, further notable events in the road racing calendar in 2015 will include the age group road races at the Virgin Money London Mini Marathon on Sunday 26 April, as well as the British and English marathon championships in London on the same day. The Great South Run will once again incorporate the English 10 mile championships on the 25 October.

Looking even further ahead, it is intended that the 2016 runbritain Grand Prix will be expanded to a 10-race series, with four additional events carrying a 150 point weighting. 

For full details of the runbritain Grand Prix rules and points are available at http://www.runbritainrankings.com/grandprix/standings.aspx?sex=W&year=2014