Run 4 Wales has announced the return of live events this autumn with a new date set for the Cardiff Bay 10k and Newport Wales Marathon.

The Cardiff Bay 10K and family fun run will take place on Sunday September 26, ahead of the return of the Newport Wales Marathon and 10K on Sunday October 24.

Following the easing of restrictions on outdoor events, organisers say it is now possible to safely deliver both events this autumn.

A number of additional measures will be put in place to protect the health and safety of participants, event staff, volunteers and the wider public.

Additional space will be provided throughout the event venues, with significantly larger starting pens allowing runners to create space between themselves and others when they assemble before the start of the race.

Those attending will be encouraged to use hand sanitiser, wear a face covering when assembling in crowded areas and be respectful of those around them – keeping space between themselves and people they do not know.

Event staff and volunteers will wear face coverings when close to others and a dedicated cleansing team will regularly clean touch points throughout the event site including toilets, door handles, barriers, and pen entry points.

Runners will be asked to limit the number of spectators they bring to the event and take personal responsibility for their own health.

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Matt Newman, Run 4 Wales chief executive said: “Run 4 Wales has adopted a new way to deliver its events this autumn.

“Our “breathable events”, including the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run and ABP Newport Wales Marathon and 10K will provide a great event-day experience with a focus on personal responsibility and individual safety.

“With runners and organisers working together and in-line with Welsh Government guidelines, we will safely deliver the event within a detailed risk-assessment framework.”

The Cardiff Bay 10k will be the largest event of its kind to take place in Wales since before the pandemic.

Councillor Peter Bradbury, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Cardiff Council, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome back the Cardiff Bay Run to the city.

“I’m sure everyone will be delighted to be back amongst Cardiff Bay’s most iconic landmarks.

“The Cardiff Bay Run is a fantastic and welcome return to outdoor events in the city and it’s great to see so many people back together doing something they love.

 “I wish all participants the very best of luck for a safe and successful race. Thanks to every volunteer, runner and all of the staff team involved in the event.”

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Meanwhile, the Newport Wales Marathon & 10K will incorporate the Welsh Masters Marathon Championships for the first time.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport city council said: “The ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K has been such a successful event for the city since it was first held in 2018 and we know so many were disappointed when it had to be postponed.

“Putting on an event of this scale is no easy feat – we look forward to working closely with the team to ensure a safe and enjoyable return to Newport for competitors, supporters, visitors and volunteers.”

A limited number of entries are now available for those who would like to take part in the Cardiff Bay 10K, Newport Wales Marathon or Newport Wales, who had not signed up prior to the pandemic.

Registration can be completed on the Cardiff Bay Run and Newport Wales Marathon websites.

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