Welsh capital will stage new showpiece 13.1-mile contest on October 7

This year’s Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon will also play host to the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships.

The Welsh capital event successfully staged the IAAF World Half Marathon championships in 2016 and there will now also be an added dimension to the 2018 edition.

The news that elite athletes from across the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cardiff Empire Games when they battle it out ahead of 25,000 runners of all ages and abilities on October 7 was announced at the official unveiling at Team Wales house on the Gold Coast.

“It is an honour to bring the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships to Cardiff on October 7 and I’m certain it will prove to be another major addition to the rich sporting history of the city,” said Run 4 Wales and Welsh Athletics Chief Executive Matt Newman of a race which will be broadcast across the UK by the BBC.

“The event will break new ground at the front-end of the well-established Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. The race will also take place 60 years on from the 1958 Empire and Commonwealth Games, which paved the way for Cardiff to become a hub for world-class sporting events.

“The real beauty of this event is that ordinary runners get the chance to line-up on the same start line as the best athletes in the world once again.

“This is a major coup for British and Welsh athletics and should give our home grown talent the chance to shine on their own doorstep.”