A strong contingent of staff, students and alumni took to the streets of Cardiff on Sunday the 5th of October to tackle the 13.1 mile Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon.
This year marks the first year of Cardiff Met's partnership with the Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon, and as one of the official race partners it was a great opportunity for the university to show the strength of support towards the second largest half marathon in the UK.
In a race that had over 21,000 entries and over 17,000 finishers Cardiff Met's third year Sports Coaching student Josh Griffiths stormed to 11th place overall in his half marathon distance debut with a time of 1:06:28, an average of 5:04 minutes per mile. His efforts also secured 7th in the British Championships and a Welsh Championship silver medal.
Just behind him to take the Welsh bronze medal was Jon Hopkins, a current Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition student, again showcasing his talent with a time of 1:08:21 in his debut in Half Marathon distance.
Another impressive run was completed by Cardiff Met Alumnus, Ieuan Thomas who completed the course in 1:05:37, securing his British Bronze medal.
In the female race Tanja Grissbaum and International Business Management student achieved 21st overall with a superb time of 1:22:04. Followed home by Carys Hughes, current Events Management student with a time of 1:25:24 and Emily Brown (PhD student) with a competitive time of 1:26:59.
As well as the top end performers the university was very well supported with staff and students taking almost 90 running spaces in the race, as well as three Corporate Relay teams. These included representatives from Cardiff Met's Human Resources department, Alumni and Development office and the Students Union. The Students Union managing to finish 4th out of all relay teams. Cardiff Met also had a presence in the Runners Village, with Complementary Therapy students offering free leg and foot massages and Sports Biomedical Nutrition students offering nutritional drinks.
Cardiff Met looks forward to next year's race, where we hope to see just as many staff, students and alumnus taking part.