As more than 27,000 runners prepare to take to the streets of Cardiff for the annual half marathon, viewers across the UK can watch the action live on BBC Two for the very first time.
The Cardiff Half Marathon is one of the highlights of the year for runners. Organised by Run4Wales, it takes participants past some of Cardiff’s best-known locations, including Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium, as well as taking in the sea air in Cardiff Bay as runners make their way across the barrage before heading back to the city past the Senedd and Wales Millennium Centre.
Jason Mohammad will present this year’s coverage on Sunday October 6th, broadcasting live on BBC One Wales and BBC Two across the UK, with event highlights later that evening at 10pm on BBC Two Wales.
The half marathon has grown into one of the most high-profile road races in the United Kingdom. It is now one of Europe’s largest half marathons and is Wales’ largest mass participation and multi-charity fundraising event. For the first time in the event’s history, female runners will make up the majority of entrants this year.
Presenter Jason Mohammad said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon. It’s always a pleasure to be in front of the camera talking to the guests about the course in the city I grew up in and love dearly.
“I have friends running this year so I’ll be on the lookout for them and, of course, the elite runners. We’re also on BBC network TV this year so I’ll be hugely proud to be introducing the capital city of Wales to viewers across the UK.”
Run 4 Wales CEO Matt Newman said:
“A record field of 27,500 runners of all abilities will make the 17th instalment of Wales' largest mass-participation and fundraising event the biggest and best yet.
“Viewers will be treated to the excitement of a fiercely competitive elite race and elite wheelchair race, before a host of inspiring female runners taking on the challenge of a lifetime get the exposure they deserve as part of our #WhyWeRun campaign.
“Cardiff has a rich history of staging major sporting events and we are relishing the opportunity to add to the sporting fabric of the Welsh capital in front of a UK audience.”
Live coverage will begin on BBC One Wales from 9:30am, with viewers on BBC Two network joining at 9:45am. Highlights will be on BBC Two Wales at 10pm.