In short: Good alternative to the Abbey Dash In full: Not used to sharing the route with oncoming traffic though that was mainly clustered around the town. Congested at the start though once we got a bit further out the roads open up and you have great scenery. Some decent hills on the way back in which are a good test but shouldn't be too off-putting. Chip timing which although accurate for me, somehow managed to give my friend a time about 8 minutes quicker than she ran! Overall a nice 'community feel' alternative to the well attended Abbey Dash, and at £13 good value in this day and age. Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Very well organised trail race In full: Great scenery - I loved running through he woods. Jelly babies was a nice touch and lovely cakes at the finish. Really made my weekend. Looking forward to next year! Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Fun atmosphere - great for veterans and beginners In full: My second Cardiff Mo Run - another great race, very well organised with LOTS of enthusiastic volunteers cheering you on. The course, through Bute Park, is very scenic - but bridge repairs meant it was all on one side of the river, and some areas were quite narrow so there were some bottlenecks.
Lots of people - me included - were in fancy dress, and everyone had Mo headbands on, and moustaches - real or fake. Would deffo recommend this to beginners (but would suggest they start at the back and not walk in groups at around the 0.5k mark...!)
No technical t-shirt, there were some "normal" t-shirts which went very early. Everyone had a headband (great), moustache medal (great) and lucozade sport (great) but that's still not much for £22?
Deffo doing it in 2014 though! :-D Date of review: November 19, 2013
In full: Glad I did this, it was on my bucket list. The airfield bit was a bit boring. 3 times around was too much for me. I got very excited at the propspect of the last bit clean along the sea front, but no we went back around a housing estate. The logistics of a great seafront blast would I guess be too hard to manage (cost of road closures etc). For friendliness and sheer support 10/10. The goodie bag was fantastic as was the medal. A great course for a PB...yes!! Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: feel good factor In full: from start to finish there was a great feeling of to getherness and friendliness well woth a round trip of nearly 400 miles. well done Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: "A rip roaring time........and an absolute pleasure from start to end! In full: This was my 4th half marathon and by far the best ive ever competed in! The marshals were so friendly and encouraging, whilst the crowds on the streets really were fantastic too. Id highly recommend this half marathon to everybody, you will not be dissapointed!! Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Highly recommended In full: I really enjoyed this one. It's a very well organised, small, friendly race. Like all small marathons (this had 217 people running I think) it gets quite spread out so if you need people around you to keep you going then you might struggle at this one. There seemed to be a few ad hoc groups forming through the race though so that could help. Water stops were plentiful and well spaced. Personally, I had no problem with the A20 section it was a good contrast with the country lanes we had run along beforehand. And I think it is quite a fast course. There is only one nasty hill and that is at 3 miles where you've still got the energy to take it in your stride. The others are easier and most of the ascent is done in the first half which is helpful. The lack of crowding means definite PB potential if you don't mind a little bit of climbing. And as others have said the HQ is brilliant. Plenty of parking, loos, showers. I'd thoroughly recommend this race. Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: A wee cracker of a race In full: I love races where everthing is organised in such a way that you don't notice the organisation. Good directions to the car park, quick turnaround picking up numbers, plenty space in the room put aside for bags etc., no long queues at the loos, short but interesting safety/welcome brief, chip timing, well placed marshalls, medal placed around your neck (makes it so much more special than being handed it), shortbread in the goody bag and a nice cafe for post race coffee.
And all proceeds to the charity.
In addition it was a lovely route with a slightly testing hill followed by a lovely downhill, great views and even the weather was kind.
Only gripe is that I didn't know Run4It would be there, so hadn't brought my credit card. Although that may actually have been a good thing.
What's not to like? Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: muddy and wet but loved it! I will be back next year! In full: I didn't know about the problem with going the wrong way, I was a little further back. Not a personal best race but very good fun, goody bag was nice, lots of nice after race snacks! Loved it!
In short: A lovely run In full: First time I did this. Ran round with a group of friends and great fun. Lovely course although difficult to overtake on the canal. Friendly marshals, well organised, jelly babies and cakes were much appreciated. Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Oh Dear. In full: I wondered whether this event cold be organised more effectively if 200 of us just picked a date in November, turned up at The Memorial Park, took an educated guess at what 10km is,timed our own runs and just gave ourselves a pat on the back when we were done.
In short: Lovely Autumn run with whiskers!! In full: Really enjoyed the 10k race in Bute Park. 2 laps of the same route, only 'hill' was over a bridge. slick organisation, only problem was not enough toilets and very long waits for them... 15 toilets for around 2000 runners and their families is not enough!!
Smiling happy useful marshalls all the way round. They seemed happy to be there and enjoying themselves, shouting praise, motivating and smiling at all the runners, really uplifting :)hope someone bought them all a pint for their trouble!
Bag storage worried me as was in gazebos in the park, but manned all the time and no problems.
Bute park was stunning - autumn colours, all on footpaths except maybe the first 100m on the grass and a bit through a carpark that was closed, but stunning scenery. A bit narrow from 2/3k so slowed me up a bit but my own fault for starting nearer the back - if you were up the pointy end this wouldnt have been a problem.
Expensive at £22 odd but for a good cause, and as mentioned above, well organised, so not too bad. Would like to think a good chunk of the money went to charity.
Cracking medal and a PB to boot! :) Hope to be back next year! Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Great Mid Week Race In full: I would definately do this again. It was very well organized and chip timed. Marshalls were brilliant as were the other volunteers.Great TShirt at the end , but I would gave preferred a medal. The race itself is mostly flat with only a few minor inclines and the scenery is nice.A lovely downhill straight to the finish aswell! I will be back next year. Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Excellent race, definate PB potential . In full: Again a really well organised race. My whole group managed PBs. This years medal was a lot better than lasts years one, it was lovely. Great snacks for sale afterwards (tea, coffee,bacon rolls etc). Plenty of toilets. Acurately measured course and friendly marshalls. Prize draw at the end for a quality pair of trainers. Only thing I'd ask the organizers to consider is chip timing, but other than that it was excellent again and I will definately be back again next year ! Date of review: November 19, 2013
In short: Painful - harder than I anticipated. In full: Unfortunately, the dull, overcast day made the race quite tedious. Otherwise there would have been some spectacular views over the Kent countryside. Some of the long A20 stretches were very mind-numbing. However, the friendly marshalls were great as were the teams at the pit stops, particularly at mile 13, who were utterly charming! Race HQ was brilliant, with shower, swim and sauna available; few races offer this! For a local November marathon, it's worth the run. Date of review: November 18, 2013