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Cardiff 3k 2024

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Cardiff 3k

Sunday 5 May 2024

£14.99 Aged 16 and over | £10.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 5 May 2024

Time: 11:00

Venue: Coopers Field - Bute Park

30% off entry in 2024 with code 24SPRING

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About the 3k event

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At just over 2 miles, 3k is ideal for families or groups having a go at their first Race for Life. It's a fun, achievable event for everyone – and an unforgettable day out. There's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Walk, jog or run or make your way around the course however suits you and help fund life-saving cancer research.

Location

Venue
Coopers Field - Bute Park, Off North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3ER View map

Course information

The start is on grass on the north side of Coopers Field, opposite Orachard Lawns.

The course is on a mixture of tarmaced paths and grassy fields. Due to the nature of the venue, the course can get boggy in the event of severly wet weather in the lead up to the event.

The finish is on grass on the south side of Coopers Field, opposite the Gorsedd Stone Circle.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up.  A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

Our courses have been measured with a measuring wheel.  This is the most accurate measurement method and may not always match up with fitbits, strava and Apple watches. 

Join forces or go solo

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You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.
 
 

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.
 

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.
 

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

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Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start line is on the north side of Coopers Field, opposite Orachard Lawns.

The finish line is on the south side of Coopers Field, opposite the Gorsedd Stone Circle.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CONCERT IN THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM CAR PARKING AT SOPHIA GARDENS AND CARDIFF CIVIC CENTRE WILL BE CHARGED AT £20 FOR THE DAY.

Pedestrians: If you are walking to the event there are multiple entrance points into the park from North Road, Castle Street, Sophia Gardens and Blackweir Ambulance Depot.

General Event Parking:  General car parking is not available at this venue. Please use the below link for further information on nearby public parking: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/parking/Car-parks/Pages/Car-Parks.aspx

Blue Badge Parking: There are limited blue badge spaces available to park along North Road and within Sophia Gardens car park.

Volunteer Parking: Volunteer parking is not available at this venue. Please park on North Road or in Sophia Gardens car park for the closest car parks to this event.

Drop Offs: Participants can be dropped off in North Road and Sophia Gardens car parks.

Public Transport:-

Bus: There are various bus stops on Kingsway and Castle Steet however buses run at various times on a Sunday morning. Please go to https://www.cardiffbus.com/services for timetables. 

Train: Cathays and Cardiff Central train stations are a 15 minute walk away.

Electric Charging points: Please use the below link for further information on nearby electric charging points: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/electric-vehicles/Pages/default.aspx

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are no bike parking racks at this venue

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
Toilets
No bag drop
Refreshments
No showers
No parking

We recommend the course is wheelchair accesible but with assistance. Please be mindful that although this course is flat, over 50% is on grass with no path alternative so assistance may be required, especially weather dependant. This also includes the same for pushchairs, the route is mainly flat with a small incline over two bridges, therefore please do consider this, especially if there has been wet weather prior to the event. 

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

A British Sign Language Interpreter from Wales Council For Deaf People will be availble on stage whilst our event host is speaking

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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