Group of men and women getting ready to run

26 runners are taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday, 27 March 2022 to raise money for our Gig Buddies Cymru project.

About Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies Cymru matches people with a learning disability with someone without a learning disability who shares the same interests, so they can go to gigs and events together.

Gig Buddy partnerships get together to have fun at loads of different events and activities like wrestling matches, concerts, football matches and more.  During lockdown, our buddies have been meeting up online and have built up an inventive spread of online activities to take part in.

Gig Buddies Cymru currently works in Anglesey, Bridgend, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan, and Wrexham.

In Wales, Gig Buddies Cymru is run by Learning Disability Wales. Other Gig Buddies projects are running in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Australia.

Why we need your support

The Covid 19 pandemic has been tough, but members have kept going with lots of online activities.  We are getting new members all the time and some socially distanced meets have started back!

You can see what we have been up to with our Highlights of Lockdown video here

We still have a long way to go until we get back to ‘normal’, but until then and after having a Gig Buddy can help with:

  • Reducing loneliness and isolation
  • Health and well-being
  • Confidence
  • Having some serious fun!

Support our runners

There are 2 great ways to support our runners on Team Gig Buddies.

Sponsor a runner

Any sponsorship big or small helps towards our fundraising efforts to support the work of Gig Buddies Cymru.  All our runners’ details are below and links to their online fundraising pages.

Join us on the day

A half marathon is 13.11 miles – that’s a long way!  Join us on the day to cheer our runners along and join in with the atmosphere on race day in central Cardiff.  Email runforgigbuddies@ldw.org.uk if you would like to join us on the day.