7 young people from Wrexham will be trained by rugby legend Gareth “Alfie” Thomas and international running coach James Thie to compete in the Cardiff Half Marathon on October 1st organised by Run4Wales.

They’ll all be filmed as part of Alfie’s Army 2017, the BBC 1 Wales TV series.

The 7 brave runners Yasmin Sides, 18, Sam Sides, 20, Jordan Jackson, 17, Jade Griffith, 17, Chloe Roberts, 17, Mia Jeffs, 17 and Tricia Jones, 22, are going through a step by step 16 week training programme and have a weekly training plan.

In September they will take part in a 10 K training run and met with Alfie before joining him for the big race itself on the 1st.

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In the past 3 years over 200 novice runners of all ages and abilities have successfully completed the Cardiff Half Marathon by following the same training plan.

“commended for their hard work”

Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti Poverty, said:

“It’s great to see young people taking the time out to train and take part in such a high profile event.  They are to be commended for their hard work and I wish them all good luck on 1 October!”

Some of the Wrexham young people who are part of Alfie’s Army, Jordan Jackson, Sam Sides, Mia Jeffs, Jade Griffiths and Yasmin Sides with Gareth Thomas recently.

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