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Race Organisers Kidney Wales cancel annual fundraiser

​May 13, 2020

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Young runner at the 2019 event

Race organisers Kidney Wales have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and we are saddened to announce that the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K and 2K Family Run scheduled for Sunday 6 Sept 2020 has been cancelled. 

This has been an extremely difficult decision, however the health of runners, spectators, volunteers, event staff and the wider population is the main priority at this time. Many of the runners have been training hard for a long time for this run, and we understand and share the disappointment with this outcome.  

This year we would have been celebrating 35 years since Kidney Wales founded the Cardiff 10K with just a few hundred runners. Today it is one of Wales’ longest standing and most popular road races, with thousands of runners taking part, and tens of thousands of spectators lining the streets of our fabulous capital city.  

The Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K is Kidney Wales’ flagship fundraising event, and over the years the money raised has helped Kidney Wales to provide support for Welsh kidney patients, who number over 20,000 across the country, and also their families in numerous important ways. It helped to campaign for the change in law on organ donation, to refurbish the Children’s Kidney Unit and Children’s haemodialysis ward, and it has helped fund additional support for health and social care, including social workers and psychologists, and the purchase of equipment for dialysis and transplant units.  

Danielle Jones, Event Manager at Kidney Wales said: “It is with much disappointment that we must follow suit of many other races scheduled this year and postpone the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K and 2K. This has been an extremely difficult decision for us here at Kidney Wales, with all proceeds of this event directly supporting families and changing the lives of Kidney Patients here in Wales. 

“This is an event we look forward to hosting year on year, and we are so proud of how it’s developed into such an iconic event over its 35 year history, as well as our achievements as a charity as a result of this annual fundraiser.”

Cardiff Met’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Leigh Robinson said: “The Cardiff 10K is a highlight for us at Cardiff Met, as well as for our community and the many visitors to our capital who take part by running, volunteering or cheering in their thousands each year. Last year’s record-breaking turn-out was testament to the hard work and determination of our partners and race organisers at Kidney Wales.

“We are of course disappointed that the race will not take place as planned this year, but we look forward to working with Kidney Wales and the wider 10K team, on making the next event a celebration of the courage, determination and family fun that this race has become known for since it began back in 1985.”

A big thank you to everyone who has supported the event over the years, and to those who continue to do so.  We look forward to celebrating with you ‘virtually’ this year, and at a future event post pandemic. We hope that you will stand with us and support us during these unprecedented times.