male runners in front of a quaint white church
Credit: Run 4 Wales

The Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay 10K is returning to the Welsh capital’s stunning waterside complex with a new later springtime slot on Sunday 19 May 2024. More than 5,000 people have registered to take part in the 10K or one of the three supporting Junior races, with thousands more spectators expected to descend to the picturesque bay for the event.

When is the Cardiff Bay 10K?

The event takes place this Sunday 19 May. The 10K race will start at 11:00 and a series of Junior races will kick off from 09:30.

Where is it happening?

The event is based in the Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay with all races starting and finishing in the Oval Basin. The event village is also situated in the Oval Basin.

Can I still enter?

Registration for all races is now closed and no on-the-day entries will be available.

Where does the 10K race go?

The Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay 10K boasts a stunning 10K course around Cardiff Bay. The route takes in all of Cardiff Bay’s most iconic landmarks, starting and finishing in Roald Dahl Plass and passing the Wales Millennium Centre, Mermaid Quay, the Pierhead Building, Senedd, Porth Teigr and the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Will there be any famous faces in attendance?

Matthew Pritchard, celebrity Chef and triathlon athlete, who is best known as the star of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez will also be running for Lead Charity, Cancer Research Wales.

Is there an elite race?

The event will likely see a re-match of the top three athletes from the ABP Newport 10K on the men’s side. Omar Ahmed (28:35) is a three-time winner here and is the course record holder with a time of 28:42. He was also the victor in Newport, overcoming the challenge from Kadar Omar (28:27) and Dewi Griffiths (28:27).

Welsh Commonwealth Games representative Jonathan Hopkins (29:01), R4W race regular Mike Ward (29:31), 2023 OGI Porthcawl 10K Champion James Hunt (29:43) and 2022 Welsh Inter-Regional Cross Country Champion Ciaran Lewis (29:45) will also be racing here.

Jon Butler (29:52) and Max Davis (29:56) are further sub 30 competitors in action on Sunday.

The Women’s race will see Newport 10K winner Hannah Irwin and CDF 10K Champion Alaw Evans also return. They will be joined by Emily Carroll (35:02), Kate Roberts (35:03), Lucy Marland (35:15) and Donna Morris (35:44).

What Junior Races are taking place?

There are three Junior races taking place. The Future Challengers Mile has been designed for competitive young club athletes looking for an accessible opportunity to compete. The traditional, no-pressure Fun Run is a 2K race suitable for adults and children of all ages. You don’t need to run the whole way, and fancy dress is very much encouraged. There’s also an adorable Toddler Dash on offer for the youngest of competitors.

What is the weather forecast?

The forecast currently predicts race day to have sunny intervals and a gentle breeze with highs of 16 degrees.

What is the best way to travel to the race?

Cardiff Bay is easily accessible by foot, bike, public transport or car. It’s a 20-minute walk from the city centre and is served by regular buses and trains (via Cardiff Queen Street Station). Runners are advised to check before travelling by train in case of cancellations, strike action or engineering works.

There are very limited parking options in Cardiff Bay because of the road closures in place for the event, so car sharing is encouraged, and it is recommended to park in the city centre (which is a short 1-mile walk or warm up jog from the Bay).

For those arriving by bike, there will be a free bike park available at the top of Roald Dahl Plass outside the Wales Millennium Centre, opposite the water tower.

Will there be road closures in place?

Some road closures will be in operation to facilitate the safe passage of participants.

Will there be atmosphere around the route?

There will still be a fantastic atmosphere in Cardiff Bay, with spectators expected to turn out to support. Runners can expect an extra boost to the finish line thanks to musical entertainment from ‘The Rock Choir’ and ‘Vale of Glamorgan Brass Band’ along the route.

Will money be raised for charity?

Cancer Research Wales is the Lead Charity of the event, with over 140 runners fundraising to help change the future for the cancer patients of tomorrow in Wales.

What else is going on?

Brecon Carreg are the headline sponsor of the event for the sixth time. They use their association with the race as a vehicle to promote recycling, sustainability and the fight against plastic waste and have recruited a 25 strong team of ‘ploggers’ (the act of litter picking whilst jogging) who will be taking part in the 10K, collecting litter as they go.

A Team Challenge will see 80 runners from companies including Cycle Solutions, Eversheds Sutherlan, Darwin Gray, Archdiocese of Cardiff & Diocese of Menevia and Odyssey Pensions go head-to-head.

Who organises the event?

The event is organised by Run 4 Wales (R4W), a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable trust that manages major sporting events including the Cardiff Half Marathon, but the race would not be possible without the support of volunteers. A team of 100 ‘Extra Milers’ will be giving up their own time on race day to ensure every runner has an unforgettable experience.

What will runners receive when they finish the race?

Every 10K runner will receive a commemorative medal and event t-shirt upon finishing the race.

This year will feature the sculptural sails on the Cardiff Bay Barrage. The medal will form a matching set with medals given out at other 2023 events in the R4W 10K Series including the ABP Newport Wales 10K, Ogi Porthcawl 10K and CDF 10K.

Can you track runners around the race?

The Run 4 Wales App on iOS and Android can be used to inspect the route pre-race and live track participants on the day with full Google maps functionality.

If you’re taking part and have any questions or issues, the Event Helpdesk will be open from 07:30am in the Event Village in the Oval Basin on Sunday morning.