Expressions of interest open for Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships
24 July 2018
Northern Ireland will be sending a team to the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships event, in Wales, in the autumn.
The Cardiff Half Marathon, on Sunday 7th October, will host the event and is expecting a number of countries to compete including Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa.
The course is almost identical to the World Half Marathon Championships in 2016, where Paul Pollock finished 14th. Teams of four from each nation have been invited with three to count and the positions decided on aggregate times.
Athletics Northern Ireland is now asking athletes to express an interest in being considered for selection for the event. Male and female teams will be picked and we expect to select up to eight athletes.
Further event details have been sent to us by Welsh Athletics as follows:
Date & Venue: The Championships will take place in Cardiff on 7th October. The event will benefit from live television coverage from BBC Wales. The race start time will be 10am to allow for current television schedules.
Host Race: The Championships will be incorporated into the existing Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon, organised by Run 4 Wales. The event currently holds an IAAF Silver Label.
The Course: The route for the race is near identical to the one used for the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in 2016, where several national records were set for both half marathon and 15km. The race route is flat, fast and currently holds the British All-Comers Record for women set at 1:05:52.
Commonwealth Status: The Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the event Championship status. It has also been sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).