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CARDIFF ATHLETICS STADIUM
You can extend your run from the waterfront at Cardiff Bay right up to the market town of Brecon. Fifty-five miles in length, the Taff Trail passes close to Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil, through a massive variety of urban landscapes and open moorland.”
RADYR RIVER RUN (8 MILES)
Start at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Head north and cross the weir bridge. Follow the Taff Trail until you reach Radyr Bridge, and cross the river. Go under the railway line and turn left, then right into Junction Terrace. Follow the footpath into Radyr Woods. Skirt the Radyr Estate and turn left before crossing Bridge Road. Turn left down the path after Llandaff Rowing Club’s entrance. The footbridge in front of University of Wales Institute will provide a brief detour before returning to the start via Pontcanna Fields.
CARDIFF BAY (5.5 MILES)
Start at the beautifully landscaped Oval Basin. Run across the Butetown Link Bridge, and bear right. Follow the gentle curve of the River Ely to Penarth Road. Finally, cross Cardiff Bay Barrage, where there are breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel and Cardiff Bay. Return past the National Assembly Building.
e CASTLE GROUNDS (4 MILES)
Start at the southern side gates of Cardiff Castle and head north, keeping to the right of the Taff River. Turn left and cross the river on Western Avenue. Then it’s left into Pontcanna Fields, where Buffalo Bill’s entourage paraded his horses in the Wild West Shows of 1891. Turn left towards the weir. Follow the river path with the river on your left; you will pass the SWALEC Stadium (home of Glamorgan Cricket Club).
PEOPLE San Domenico Road Runners (sandomenico.org.uk) PUBS The Cayo Arms; The Radyr Court; The Gatekeeper; Three Horse Shoes
RACES San Domenico 20, March; ParkRun 5K time trials, every Saturday; Run & Become Series, throughout summer RUNNING SHOPS Run & Become, 12 Wood Street; MOTI, The Globe Centre, Albany Road