Summer of Smiles – Butetown Mile

Take part in one of only three one-mile flat races in the world!


Free spaces at the 2021 Butetown Mile for families and young people as part of Summer of Smiles.


Delivered in partnership with Cardiff University, and funded by Cardiff Council as part of the Summer of Smiles programme, Grange Pavilion proudly presents free tickets to the Butetown Mile fun run for children and families.


Runners will receive their race time and a medal at the end!  Never entered a race before? No worries – you can run, walk or skip your way to the finish line!  Why not grab a free space and see how well you can do?


We have 8 x family tickets and 15 x tickets for 13-16 year olds available for free!


To claim your free space / spaces, please email


The Butetown Mile is a 1-mile run from the top to the bottom of Bute Street in Butetown, Cardiff, which takes place during the August bank holiday.


The Butetown Mile, one of only three nearly straight and flat one-mile courses in the world (along with the Champs Elysees in Paris and New York’s Fifth Avenue), started in the 1980s and went on until the 1990s when it attracted some of the best runners in the UK before petering out. Working with Communities First, in 2014 Dr Sarah Fry, Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences, relaunched the event as a way of re-engaging local people with their communities, as well as with the University.


The Butetown Mile attracts elite runners, fun runners and families and is a much loved annual feature in Butetown.


The race, consisting of 200 participants, will be held on August 29th with approval and support from Welsh Athletics and Race Timing Solutions.