This Sunday’s Cardiff 10k is packed to the brim with runners, as well as a record haul of donations.
In it’s 25th year, the race is expected to be “bigger than ever”, according to organiser Tristan Williams. With registration closed, entries have already reached the 3,000-person capacity. Charity sponsor, the Kidney Wales Foundation, is set to benefit big.
“We rasied £40,000 last year, and this year we’re on track to raise our target of £50,000,” Tristan said.
The event, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has closed registration for its 10k race, but entry for the 2k “fun run” will be open on the day.
Celebrities taking part include members of Only Men Aloud and Alex Jones of The One Show, who will open the event. However a number of people directly affected by Kidney Wales’ work will be running.
Christopher Allen of Gabalfa decided to sign up for the race after donating one of his kidneys to his son, Mark (both pictured below).
“Since the transplant, I’ve had to be a little bit more careful, so its great to have an incentive to keep myself fit, as well as helping out the charity I’ve been directly involved with”, said Chris, more commonly known as Chez.
“I’ve stopped drinking due to the transplant, and I’ve been running three miles every morning for the last three months.”
Chez joins his son Mark in the race, who he donanted his kidney to, making the event something of a family affair.
With forecasts predicting sunny intervals, with maximum tempratures of 20c for Sunday, it could prove to be ideal running weather.
The race course winds through central Cardiff with some of the main arteries into the city shut between 9am and 11am.
A Council spokesperson, said: “Those taking part in the Cardiff 10K this weekend are asked to plan their journey in advance and wherever possible to use public transport.”
Are you running in the Cardiff 10k? What’s motivating you to make it to the finish line?