Organisers of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships have paid tribute to the 1,200 volunteers who helped make the event a huge success.
Called the ‘Extra Milers’, Cardiff 2016 attracted one of the largest volunteer workforces ever utilised at a sports event in Wales.
Every volunteer was invited to a thank you evening at Cardiff University Students’ Union Y Plas bar, where former Commonwealth Games medallist Christian Malcolm and former Olympian Steve Brace spoke about the importance of unpaid helpers at the event.
Naomi Warner, Volunteer Manager for WHM Cardiff 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, commented:
“The 1200 Extra Miler volunteers were absolutely amazing, both on event day and in the run up supporting at Cardiff Sports Expo. They carried out a wide range of roles including marshalling around the course, water station management, handing out medals and assisting the large media presence to name but a few.
“They were so enthusiastic, committed and were absolutely integral to the success of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, the event really wouldn’t have happened without them.
“We hope every Extra Miler found the event a worthwhile experience, despite the rain, whether a seasoned helper or volunteering first time.
“Many have already express an interested in coming back and volunteering at October’s Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon and we are always on the look-out for new people. It’s a brilliant way to be part of Wales’ biggest mass participation race.”
Volunteers from across the UK came to Cardiff to support the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, the first time the prestigious event had been held in Wales.
The thank you evening was hosted by Run 4 Wales, Sport Wales and JoinIn, the London 2012 legacy charity for volunteering.
It was also used to launch Welsh Athletics’ Get Busy campaign, designed to promote the role of the volunteer and highlight the benefits that volunteering can have both on yourself and on the world of athletics.
Anyone interested in volunteering at events including Velothon Wales on Sunday 22 May and the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 2 October can contact Naomi Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event websites for further details.