Sport for All
As a nation we like to be involved in sport, whether it’s keeping active, being a spectator at our favourite events or keeping fit and enjoying alternative sports. We know that sport and physical activity are part of a healthy lifestyle and promotes wellbeing. Sport Wales have a Community Sport initiative which aims to get people involved in sport for Wales to become a Nation of Champions by 2026. We want to compete at the highest level and win!
Sport in Wales is accessible; in 2015 Disability Sport Wales supported over 1 million chances for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity.
Wales has a beautiful natural environment and a climate well suited to sport and physical activity! All you need to do is step outside; likelihood is you’re only a 10 minute walk from a park. Don’t forget about the coast, 870 miles of coastal path and beaches for a workout with a view.
Parkrun organise free weekly 5km timed runs around the world. You can join a Parkrun at 20 locations all over Wales. They even have a 2km Junior event at 6 different locations across Wales.
Wales is a popular destination for mass participation races with many half marathons and 10km races taking place across Wales throughout the year. Cardiff Half marathon returns each October. Swansea half marathon is also an increasingly popular choice as it’s a flat and fast course so you’re in with a chance of a PB!
Still looking to up the stakes? You can run Wales’ highest mountain in the Snowdon Race. Snowdonia Marathon is what it sounds like! A longer hilly course if the mountain alone isn’t enough of a challenge for you!
In March 2016 the IAAF/ Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships took place in Cardiff and Mo Farah ran the course!
More of an adventure than just a run is the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest course set up in Cardiff Bay each year. Competitors enjoy views through the city as they make their way around the 10km course with 10 obstacles to overcome. Tough Mudder also runs exciting races in Wales from time to time.