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

The 2019 edition of the race Series is live and this year’s dates have been confirmed. As usual, the races will be held on three Wednesday evenings (one per month) and the Blackweir Tavern on North Road in Cardiff will form our race headquarters.

Race dates are as follows:
Wednesdays, May 22nd, June 19th and July 24th 2019

The 2019 Series will feature a new course, improved timing and recording facilities and changes to registration procedures.

More news to follow…

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.

Private: 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!





Private: 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