Up at 5:30am, showered, dressed, breakfast and the car loaded for the Cardiff Half Marathon charity stand. The sun was shining but it was still a little nippy as I drove to Cardiff City Centre where I could see members of the public gearing up to take on this huge challenge, the first Cardiff Half for nearly two years!
I met my colleagues at the designated car park, and we began to walk to the event village. A little out of breath later we arrived at our stand – and all we could think about was how out of breath the runners would be feeling later that day!
As the morning went on the event village got busier and we spotted our first Tŷ Hafan runner in one of our running vests. It became like an ‘I Spy’ game trying to spot our supporters amongst the crowds to bring them over to the stand.
It was so lovely talking to our supporters who were running for us and hearing their personal stories as to why they chose Tŷ Hafan to run for. Some had personal connections with our charity, like Stella who ran in memory of her daughter Belle, an inspirational young lady who inspired so many people with her generosity and determination. I’m sure you won’t have missed the sea of pink vests making their way around the course. For more information about Belle’s Story please visit (Belle's Story – Making dreams come true for precious children (bellesstory.co.uk))
Others have been referred by friends who have supported us in other ways such as work or at university. It is always an absolute pleasure getting to meet people who I have previously only called or emailed - it makes that supporter connection even stronger.
Time passed quickly and before we knew it, it was 9:00am! Our group photo was taken and then off our runners went.
It felt like only an hour had gone by before some of our runners had already completed the half marathon. Luckily, we got the post-race pizza just in time and our first supporter to finish tucked into a slice!
"Thank you, ladies, pizza and hospitality was awesome, sign me up for next year," said Dale Scriven, from Milford Haven, running as a member of the Belle’s Story team.
"Thank you! It was so good to be running for you on home turf. Great to see you all, before and after, and the cheer squad at mile 9 – well, what can I say? You were fabulous!" said Sarah Edwards, from Swansea, who also ran the London Marathon for us in October 2021.
"This is my first Cardiff Half Marathon, and I can't wait to run it again for you in October," said Bethan Hale, from Abertillery.
So far just over £22,000 has been fundraised from 120 supporters with many more funds still coming in and we’d like to say, once again, a huge, heartfelt thank you to all of you who are supporting our work with children with life-limiting conditions and their families in Wales by completing this iconic event for us.