We aim to provide free, fun, social running in the heart of Cardiff.
WHO WE ARE
We are a social running club based in the centre of Cardiff.
We have Welsh Athletics qualified coaches and running leaders who make sure our training sessions work for everyone whether you’re running your first 5k or pushing for a new PB.
CDF Runners is many things to many people. For some, we are somewhere to drop in and out off when their schedule allows for a no strings attached run with friendly people. For others, it shapes their whole week and they dedicate themselves to running every session. Some CDF Runners do not even attend our ‘official’ sessions, but proudly wear their t-shirts and vests at races and parkruns across the world.
We want to be a safe, welcoming place for new runners to approach and run with a group for the first time. We were all new once and many of us imagined running clubs to be a bit intimidating. Many years later, we can’t imagine running any other way!
Although we are now a club affiliated with Welsh Athletics, our regular sessions are free and always will be to members and non-members alike. Individual affiliation to Welsh Athletics through CDF Runners is optional and does come with a cost. While we will outline the benefits of individual affiliation, we have no expectations of new or occasional runners and we understand that this is not an inevitability for everyone.
It must be said that we are not an elite club and winning races is not our main aim (although surprises happen!) We believe we can be a great complement to an intensive training plan, but runners working to get to the top levels of the sport would probably benefit from also running with a club with more competition experience.
We believe in working with our local running clubs and communities to increase participation for as many people as possible, and where CDF Runners isn’t the best fit, we will happily recommend other clubs and social running groups that may work better for that individual.