Welcome to the site dedicated to SSAFA Cardiff’s 5K Race Series.

It’s our 20th anniversary and the 2018 edition of this popular series is now live. Races are held on three  Wednesday evenings (one per month) at the Blackweir Tavern on North Road in Cardiff.

Race dates are as follows:
Wednesdays, May 23rd, June 20th and July 25th 2018

Registration begins at 1700 and runs until shortly before the race starts at 1930

Blackweir Tavern – more information

About the Series

The SSAFA 5k Road Race Series in Cardiff consists of three 5k Road Races each summer and raises money for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Cardiff & The Vale Region. The Series is held under UK & Welsh Athletics rules and is a CAAC Calendar Event.

The series was founded in 1998 by respected Race Director Graham Finlayson BEM after he retired as Colour Sergeant from 2nd (V) Battalion the Royal Regiment of Wales after twenty eight years service.

Graham, who was Assistant Secretary of the UKLF sport board, started the annual event with help from Colonel Roy Welsh MBE and Colonel Neil Jones OBE

Colonel Welsh has sadly since passed away.

Entry form

You can enter on the night using forms which are made available or you can  pre-register for the June 20th race. Your details will be forwarded to the organizers.

If you do pre-register, listen out for instructions on the evening.

Last option: download the entry form here for completion by hand in advance. Just remember to bring it with you on the night!





Course map

In 2018, the course for the SSAFA Cardiff 5K race has had to be amended because of road and pavement works adjacent to North Road. A new course has been arranged and professionally measured and certified in accordance with UK and Welsh Athletics requirements.

The biggest difference is that the race now has a new starting point which is reached via the Ambulance Station; there are other small changes to pathways. Marshalling arrangements have also been updated to ensure runners know where they’re going.

The Series is held under UK & Welsh Athletics rules and is a CAAC Calendar Event.

Download the course map as a pdf for your own reference.




SSAFA Cardiff & The Vale Region
Maindy Barracks
CF14 3YE

Telephone 02920 383852
email: office@ssafacardiff.org