Alfie's Army

Seven service users and 2 staff members from Coedlys and the Coedlys Floating Support projects took on the Alfie’s Army challenge with the famous International Rugby Legend Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas.


The challenge was to train and complete the Cardiff Half Marathon. It was a big ask for the group as we had to make some lifestyle changes, eat better, sleep well and get fitter! We had 16 weeks to train and prepare ourselves for the big day. We went for training runs, attended a military boot camp and took part in a Tough Mudder course.

When the big day came everyone felt nervous and exited, we started the race together and I am pleased to report that every one of us made it over the finish line. This was a huge achievement for the young people and they are very proud to show off their finishers medals.

This was filmed by the BBC and the run up and race day was shown over 2 episodes on BBC1.

Bradley Davies was also interviewed by BBC radio Wales and was interviewed by Jason Mohammed live on BBC 1 just before the race.

Bradley has now signed up to do the Penllyn Ultra Marathon this summer and has found something that he really enjoys which is running.

This challenge has been beneficial to everyone involved and has helped us realise that diet, sleep, socialising and exercise really does impact our lives.