October 14, 2007
Simon Jones 1:07:56
Rebecca Harrison 1:18:36
No. of Finishers
W ith a new start, a new finish and the absence of the full marathon, this was the Cardiff Half-Marathon’s debut billing as the Welsh capital’s primary running event.
However, as the organisers and around 6,000 runners were soon to find out, planning and preparation are no substitute for the real thing.
So it was unfortunate that teething problems surrounding the toilets, parking and finish area were enough to detract from what is still one of the UK’s flattest and most enjoyable half-marathons, with crowd support throughout.
Starting from outside the City Hall, the first few miles were along the capital’s wide flat roads, before the route dipped down towards Cardiff’s delightful bay, giving runners a glimpse of some of the more scenic sights the city has to offer.
A slight headwind was the only drawback as runners settled into their rhythm – many by following a RUNNER’S WORLD pacer – along an almost pancake-flat course. With runners then nipping back into the city and touring the local parks, it was a fitting finish to cross the line in one of the city’s grandest attractions: Cardiff Castle.
On a positive note the race organisers have already taken onboard runners’ feedback and have promised to resolve the issues for next year.