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Half Marathon event a 'ringing endorsement' for Cardiff

Bid team (L-R) Chris Hespe, Cardiff Council; Nigel Roberts, Run 4 Wales; Matt Newman, Welsh Athletics; Arthur Emyr, Welsh Government Credit: Giancarlo Colombo

The World Half Marathon Championships will provide a huge boost to Cardiff's economy, says the chairman of Run 4 Wales.

Nigel Roberts, who formed part of the team which successfully bidded to host the event in 2016, said securing it is a 'ringing endorsement' for the Welsh capital.

“The challenge we now face is to use the 2014 and 2015 events to prepare the ground for the World Championships, when the streets of the Welsh capital will be pounded by some of the greatest athletes in the world," he added.

First Minister: Race 'an opportunity to showcase Wales'

The First Minister says he is 'delighted' at news that the World Half Marathon Championships will be hosted in Cardiff in 2016.

This is the latest in a string of major events to be held in Wales, for which we have gained a proud track record for providing a warm Welsh welcome and getting the job done.

We have already built the foundations, with the Cardiff Half Marathon now attracting close to 20,000 entries. I believe this, combined with the presence of the world’s greatest distance runners, provides both Wales and the IAAF with a special opportunity to showcase Wales to the world.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

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Wales' successful racing bid a 'major achievement'

The World Half Marathon Championships will be the biggest athletics event hosted in Wales since the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

This is a major coup for Cardiff and Wales and is a huge endorsement of the excellent work that has been put into the Cardiff Half Marathon over the past decade.

It is a major achievement for a small nation like Wales to be able to win an IAAF major championship event and our successful bid proved the power of the partnerships we have been able to build in recent years with the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council.

Now we have less than three years to prepare for one of the most prestigious sporting events ever staged in Wales and we intend to make it one to remember.

– Matt Newman, Welsh Athletics CEO

Cardiff's bid to host the event was announced last month.

Cardiff to host World Half Marathon Championships

The event is the first of its kind to be staged in Wales (file picture) Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cardiff will host the prestigious IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016 - a decision that's been described as a 'major coup' for Wales.

The announcement, made in Monaco today, will see some of the world's best endurance athletes using the Cardiff Half Marathon course as part of preparations for the 2016 Olympics.