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Cardiff will not host a marathon in 2017

Cardiff's half marathon event has proved a big success. Credit: Kelsey Redmore / ITV Wales

Organisers have revealed that Cardiff will not host a marathon in 2017.

Despite earlier suggestions that the Welsh capital and the Vale of Glamorgan would host a full marathon next year, Run4Wales have confirmed that they have decided 'not to rush things' and will instead look at staging the event in 2018.

The Great Run Company and Run4Wales are expected to work alongside Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to deliver the event.

Credit: Kelsey Redmore / ITV Wales

Inspired by the success of the Cardiff Half Marathon, news that there were plans to establish a full version of the race was met with enthusiasm.

The initial reaction after announcing we wanted to bring a marathon back to the Welsh capital region was amazing. It is obvious there is a huge desire from the running community within Wales and beyond for a quality marathon event.

Having fully explored all the possibilities with Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council regarding the best possible route we have decided not to rush things. There are a number of opportunities that need to be further explored in order to deliver an iconic route for the runners to enjoy.

Rather than try to stage the event in 2017, we feel it is more important to provide the perfect course for runners of all abilities. In the meantime, there will be an event in April 2017 that will give everyone a flavour of what we want to deliver a year later.

This will include training events at venues around the course, information for runners and a general build up to what we hope can become a huge day in the Welsh sporting calendar.

– Matt Newman, CEO Run4Wales

A ‘Stepping Stone’ event is due to take place in Cardiff Bay on the 2nd of April 2016 with the aim of giving runners the chance to experience running in the city.