Staff from Heath Vets in Heol y Deri, Rhiwbina, will be using their two legs to help our four-legged friends.
The workers are preparing for the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon to raise as much money as they can for their two local charities: Four Paws and children’s cancer charity, Latch.
The event will start and finish in Cardiff Bay on October 16, when 15,000 runners will take to the streets to run the 13.1-mile route around the city – 14,000 people have already signed up.
Among them are vets Fiona Drysdale, 41, Roxanne Welham, 26, vet principal Chris Troughton, 51, veterinary nurse Vanessa Turnbull, 45, and practice manager Gavin Hill-John, 35.
“We’ve decided to take part in the half marathon and run it for two charities,” said Roxanne. “We’ll be splitting the fundraising between them.
The pets rehoming charity does help us and we help them in finding new homes for animals but like Latch it was one we wanted to support because it’s local.
“We’re not all keen runners. Vanessa and Fiona are but the rest haven’t run a half marathon before.”
The route will take runners from Cardiff Bay to the heart of the city and the historic civic centre before heading north and turning, heading back towards Cardiff Castle, over the River Taff to Canton and past the Cardiff City Stadium.
There is a long straight along the A4232 link road, then the run cuts through the International Sports Village before taking in Penarth Marina.
Runners will cross the barrage and head towards the new BBC studios in the Bay before crossing over the new bridge and passing the Norwegian Church to the big finish on East Bute Street.
“We’ve been training for a couple of months and it’s been going OK – we’re up to the seven-mile mark,” said Roxanne.
“A couple of us do go out and train when we get time and we’ve been trying to do some practice races together and we’ve had a running top made with our logos on.
“We’re looking forward to it now and to raising money.”
Registation for the Cardiff Half Marathon costs £29, and closes at noon on September 14.