In short: Great scenary and atmosphere, lots of shade thankfully! In full: Welcoming and well organised with plenty of support all the way round, including from the faster runners on their way back in while us slower ones were still on the way out.
Good for beginners and improvers as there are plenty of slower runners, so you don't feel like you're running the race on your own, or that you shouldn't be there.
Shouldn't be described as mostly flat though, there is a horrible hill that you go up twice, though the nice downhill just before the end helps with recovery for a sprint finish in front of the crowd!
Definitely recommended, good value too. Only small issues, and they didn't detract from the experience - the course is supposed to be traffic free but there were quite a few cars about, which is a bit annoying as the roads are quite narrow and twisty, and they also delayed the start. I also like to stay to see the presentations but there was a long, unexplained delay so we had to leave before they took place.
In short: Pewsey Terminator In full: Fantastic views if you have time to look around. Definitely worth investing in decent shoes (mudclaw or similar) great marshalls. So much more interesting than a boring road race. Don't pay silly money for commercial company events ( tough muddier etc.) - thus is a real test at a great price. Date of review: July 25, 2014
In short: Very Enjoyable In full: What a great race! A really good mix of people and an excellent course. Sponges and water points at frequent points, and I stripped a couple of minutes off my PB in only my second half marathon. Date of review: July 24, 2014
In short: Well done on a first Half Marathon In full: For the first Half marathon in Swansea I was a bit apprehensive beforehand, but I didn't need to be..
Arrived with about 45mins to go and no problems parking just a short distance from the start line. As a few people have said, if it gets busier next year, starting on a bend may not be a good idea, but for this race it was okay and then we were off. Nice route down to Mumbles and nice and flat with good support all the way. Turning around at Verdis you come back along the coastal path and lots of cheering (and a few cyclists coming along as well!). It started to warm up a bit then so drinks stations were good although only saw 1 gel station on the whole course. The only downside to the entire course was the SA1 section. This felt like it had just been added to make the miles up and there's no fun on a half mile dogleg with no crowds! This was the only bit that spoiled it.. At the end we moved through the finish funnel quickly and then great that you could get your results straight away. I hope more races try that. Nice finishing area to meet up with people and then after a few bananas it was done.. Easy to get back out of the area again afterwards.. Overall, a very good first Half Marathon for Swansea and looking forward to it next year.. Date of review: July 24, 2014
In short: Much better at the start compared to last year In full: Although it is better at the start this year in terms of congestion, presumable as both sides of the road at the start were used, the issue of the Clarion and Asda corporate runners ahead of the masses is still a problem, as there were lots walking by 1km!! It would improve if the sub-50 or sub 55s are also moved ahead of the corporate runners. Otherwise, the goody bag and medal and T-shirt were good. Excellent communication. Definitely will be one of my regular annual races, but I do live in Leeds! Date of review: July 23, 2014
In short: Excellent event, generous and well-organised, great fun run for kids In full: I ran this for the fourth time in 2014 and enjoyed it as usual. Both my kids did the fun run. I love this race. It's simple and hassle-free (e.g. easy parking near the start, easy to register kids for fun run on the day) and well-organised. The medal this year was nice and the best I've seen in this race, and the t-shirt and goody bag were again great. Also, the kids' fun run medal was excellent and higher quality than in previous years. The big hill at the very beginning is tough but you make up for it with an equally steep downhill portion later. And once you're over that hill, the rest of the race seems relatively easy.
If you're concerned about your time note that the chip (attached to your race number) records when you cross the finish line but not when you cross the start line. So in effect your chip time is your gun time. This is not ideal since it overestimates the time of most runners. However there are so many great things about this race that that ends up seeming like a relatively minor drawback.
In short: Fantastic course, fast, beautiful and just a fantastic run In full: I have ran a few welsh half marathons , Cardiff was my first and was ok even if I did vow to never run another one , Llanelli was just cold and windy but Swansea is the first race that made me want to sign up straight away to another one . I absolutely loved it all well organised fast and beautiful , well done Swansea Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: My first ultra - fantastic organisation. In full: My first step into ultra and trail marathon running. It was unbelievably humid and hot; support from the marshalls was the best I have ever received. I learnt a lot about myself and running, primarily the fact that this is probably not for me but It was staggeringly beautiful and amazingly well organised. I did feel like a member of the French foreign legion at times. Welcome at the end was lovely! Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: so well organised, well mashalled, in short A1 In full: Amazing experience, beautiful setting. Friendly, so well organised marshalls encouraging - a great day out :] Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: Couldn't expect better from the very first Swansea half In full: The race had an incredible atmosphere and extra touches like surprises in the goody bags made it a premium event. I would strongly recommend this race and will be back next year.
As the first race, there were a few kinks. These are not a deal breaker and I'm sure next year will be even better. Firstly, the start pen was not big enough and On a corner. Only a real problem if you are fast though. Secondly, not enough gels for us slower runners. To be expected as they are expensive but I was disappointed when I saw the empty stand. Water was also running low at the middle stops, could possibly be better distributed as plenty later on. Lastly, the medal was just OK and the T-shirt was cotton. As said before the route could use an update but there are road closures and restrictions to think of.
That's it for the bad points and the good points are too numerous to mention. Not quite pb potential due to the time of year, but much nicer to run and better for spectators in summer. I predict this race will only get bigger and better. After all, it was the first try! Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: Well done to the organisers of the first Swansea Half In full: Swansea is a fantastic running city so it is great that there is now a half. Very well organised especially considering it's the first one, all went very smoothly. As others have said the last three miles in SA1 might need to be rethought if there was a larger field and they'd also need proper timing pens at the start. Always nice to have names on numbers. Be nice to have a technical t-shirt & more frequent water stations as it's held in July. Well done, will definitely be back. Date of review: July 22, 2014