Gareth Thomas believes his ‘Alfie’s Angels’ will inspire thousands of people to get fit by running the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon.
The rugby legend is currently training more than 100 women and men to get in shape for Wales’ biggest half marathon on Sunday 2 October, for the second series of his hit television programme Gareth Thomas: Alfie’s Angels.
All of his 116 ‘Angels’, 113 women and three men, completed a 6.5-mile course starting and finishing in Cardiff Castle on Sunday to mark four weeks until race day.
The women and men taking part in the challenge have all been chosen because they are new to running and have never completed a half marathon before but all are keen to use the event to improve their health and well-being.
Former Cardiff Blues and Wales star Thomas said: “Every one of my Angels has put in a tremendous amount of effort and can be very proud of themselves.
“When we started this journey a few months ago many of the women could not run for one minute without stopping, now they have all completed half a half-marathon.
“I am confident all of them will finish the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon, it’s not going to be easy but it will be a huge achievement for all of them.
“They have inspired me with the amount of hard work and determination they have shown and I’m sure they will inspire thousands of people across Wales.
“They show that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey.”
The Angels will join more than 20,000 runners taking part in this year’s Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon on the stunning 13.1-mile route around the capital.
Entry for the event closes at midnight on Sunday 11th September, with registration starting at just £25 www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/register/