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2018 COMMONWEALTH Half Marathon Championships

Athletics Australia has published the Selection Policy for the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships to be held in Cardiff, Wales, 7 October 2018.

All athletes and coaches are strongly encouraged to download and read this document in full to ensure that they are aware of the complete selection process for the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships. 

If you have any questions about this document, please contact the Athletics Australia High Performance Department on (03) 8646 4550.

All athletes seeking nomination are expected to complete an online nomination form using the "Online Nomination" button to the right. 

About the Event

Date & Venue
The Championships will take place in Cardiff on Sunday 7th October. The event will benefit from live television coverage from BBC Wales. The race start time will be 10am to allow for current television schedules. 

Host Race
The Championships will be incorporated into the existing Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon, organised by Run 4 Wales. The event currently holds an IAAF Silver Label.

The Course
The route for the race is near identical to the one used for the IAAF / Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in 2016, where several national records were set for both half marathon and 15km.

The race route is flat, fast and currently holds the British All-Comers Record for women set at 1:05:52.

Commonwealth Status
The Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the event Championship status. It has also been sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Team Size and Scoring
In addition to the individual Championships, this inaugural event will offer competition for teams of up to four male and four female athletes. In both races the first three finishers shall score for the team.

Each race shall be scored separately. The team results shall be decided by the aggregate of times recorded by the scoring athletes of each team.

Travel & Accommodation
The race hotel will be the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff’s city centre, walking distance from the race start / finish. Accommodation will be provided for athletes and a maximum of two team staff per CGA.

The official airports for the event will be Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport. Cardiff Airport benefits from links to international hubs, as well as providing the base for a new, long-haul carrier. Airport transfers will be arranged by the event organisers.

Prize Money
The following prize money will be available to athletes competing in the Championships. All prize money will be paid by Run 4 Wales following the results of Anti-Doping Tests, in accordance with IAAF recommendations;

Individual               1st        £6,000          4th      £1,000
                               2nd       £3,000          5th      £500
                               3rd       £2,000          6th      £300

Please find below links to the Radisson Blu Hotel.


Ilunion Aqua 4

Meridian Gate Bute Terrace

CF10 2FL, Cardiff, United Kingdom

+44 (29) 20454777

Radisson Blu




Athletics Australia
Athletics House
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park  VIC 3206

P +61 3 8646 4550
F +61 3 8646 4560