Cardiff Half Marathon
For the second consecutive year MOD St Athan entered a large team into the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 1 Oct 17, hoping to improve on the overall 4th Team position that they achieved in 2016 whilst raising funds for and awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund. A 0800 start on a Sunday morning was slightly alien to some but for the 28 brave MOD St Athan personnel competing this was a minor obstacle compared to what was to come!
The Mechanical Transport Flight once again achieved miracles by getting the team as close as possible to the start line, allowing the runners to conserve as much energy as possible with only a short walk to the start line. The team soon dispersed into their respective starting groups (dictated by anticipated finish times) and anxiously waited for the start. The weather was damp and cloudy, but not as bad as first predicted by the horrendous forecast, and actually provided very favourable running conditions. At 1000 hrs sharp and nearly 25,000 runners were off; the ‘elite’ runners leading the way and the ‘fun’ runners bringing up the rear. As expected, with so many runners crossing the start line, it was a slow start as the MoD team members shuffled over the start line before eventually opening up and getting into their stride. Following the very scenic and thankfully relatively flat course the team occasionally bumped into each other as they made their way through the crowds of fellow runners.
Before they knew it, the runners approached Roath Park and the final few miles; joints and muscles were aching but with sheer determination and willpower they continued towards the finish line. All members of the MOD St Athan team completed the course in very respectable times ranging from 1hr 41mins to 2hrs 42mins. After the race the team slowly re-grouped and gingerly made their way to the transport pick-up point. All runners had different accounts and experiences of the race but without exception they all enjoyed themselves and despite being tired, all were proud of their achievements. Sadly the team didn’t improve on last year’s remarkable 4th positioned team but did manage a very respectable 15th out of a total of 53 teams taking part.
The team ran in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund charity, some team members overcoming huge physical challenges, some standing in at the last minute; the team as a whole did absolutely brilliantly and were a credit to MOD St Athan. The current total raised stands at £745 but there is still time to donate! If you would like to donate please visit
www.justgiving.com and search MOD St Athan, Cardiff Half Marathon, any amount will be greatly appreciated!
FS Dean Morgan