In short: A tough intro to half marathons when there are no hills where I live to train on In full: My first ever running event since I left school many moons ago. I know the area but have never run there so the HILL came as a bit of a shocker (still refused to walk though). Loved the atmosphere pre race although like others I skipped the queue for the loo and went straight to the bushes. It's difficult to say how good it was as I've nothing to compare it against but it seemed to run smoothly and everybody I spoke to enjoyed themselves (although the cheeky wee hill at the end was a bit naughty). Loved the support throughout the race from both the locals and the marshals. I hope it's on again next year as I'll certainly be back looking to better my time from this year. A big thank you to TESCO who provided all the after race snacks, juice, fruit and water. Date of review: August 28, 2014
In full: Brilliant race ,well done to organisers for making it a great first Severn Bridge half. Hopefully many more to come. Friendly crowd lots of chat and banter on route. Think this now has to be my favourite half and will definitely be back next year . Big thank you to marshals x Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: What a fab event, it's not every day you get to run down the main carriageway of this magnificent bridge. In full: Well done for organising a great half marathon. This race is going to become hugely popular so I'll be on the look out to enter it even earlier next year. Fab medal along with technical t-shirt that was available in xs. An undulating route that included a hill with a sting in it around mile 7. Here's to next years race :-) Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Fantastic event In full: For a first time of stageing this event it was great, atmosphere was great , plenty of drink stations, goody bag and t shirt was good, marshals excellent and support brilliant , I would recommend it Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Superb scenery and slick organisation make for the best race of the year. In full: This is without doubt one of the best races in the country. The organisation was slick which made for a stress free race experience. All you have to do is run! Unfortunately the scenery is brutal. This could be the toughest race in the country as it's up or down almost constantly. I did the 32 mile route which was stunning. Frequent aid stations are all well stocked. The race village is great and offers a genuine weekend camping experience including on the Friday night a talk by the legendary Mini Anderson. Multiple food options which open in time for the buses to the race starts. Well worth a weekend stay in addition to running along some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Maybe a good option for a club weekend as there are 64mile, 32, 20 and 10 mile options...something for all! Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Excellent atmosphere, lovely views, great fun. In full: An excellent route, being scenic and plenty of twists. Some slight hills, but just help to break it all up. Lovely support all round and superb marshals. And the weather was just perfect. Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Fabulous opportunity with great scenery & fantastic local support In full: Loved the day, organisation was brilliant, super friendly and well supported. The two hills were a killer!! Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Excellent race!! In full: Me and 40+ bitton road runners ran this race and we all loved it! There was a lot of expectation on Rogue Runs and they didn't disappoint! I was disappointed to discover that I wasn't the only Bitton Road Runner that got a PB (there was actually eight others) because it did have that hill after all! I REALLY hope that this isn't a one off because I will entering this race again! Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Chance to run down a motorway, legally! In full: With the prospect of running from Wales to England, on a motorway over a suspension bridge this race was one to put on the calendar.
When we turned up in the morning everything was very well organised. i think the amount of toilets were a problem, but this is always in issue in every race. The parking was excellent, directions to the event HQ excellent. The event HQ itself was really good. The DJ was audible everywhere and was really getting the crowd excited. There were a few stalls, and a number of food and drink stalls.
From the event village there was about a mile walk to the start line which was a great distance for a warm up.
There was lot of excitement for the race which led to a great atmosphere with all the marshalls cheering everyone on, a lot of spectators both on the bridge and dotted around the course.
The course was undulating and was one of the hilliest half marathons I have done, but it was a great start and finish spectacle, and the middle bit was pretty quiet country lanes.
Coming into the finish you could hear the noise of the DJ and the crowd and it gave you that last boost to finish.
The goody bag was great for the price of the event - medal, technical t shirt, fruit, chocolate bars, water, lucozade and crisps.
All in all an excellent event and one I would definitely consider doing again if my legs remain injury free :) Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Great race in an iconic setting, will be back In full: A really good race, good comedy in the race briefing, a nice course that met the description (undulating with one hill) and of course you get to run over the first Severn Bridge! Loved the race and atmosphere, could have done with more portaloos and wish people had followed the no headphones rule. Next year please allow headphones, then I can wear mine too :) http://www.tailfish.co.uk/2014/08/race-report-severn-bridge-half-marathon/ Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Well organised especially the marshaling In full: A very pleasant race. As others have said, the marshaling was excellent and the course mostly flat. Nice to finish on the track. Being based at the stadium meant that my other half had somewhere decent to wait while I raced. Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: A very good first Severn Bridge Half, which could become great with some tweaks In full: A lovely location for a race, with a very unique location and setting. Plus Points : - Great course, with the main hill not being at all as bad as feared (but did still walk some of it. Oops)! - Nice medal and Technical T-Shirt - Entry fee was quite reasonable for what you get, and considering the major road closure. - Water was in bottles on the run, not cups. Always much appreciated and easier to drink from. - Good local support along the way Negative Points : Several of these have already been realised by the organisers, but here we go anyway... - Parking queues. Thankfully we were directed down a side street so were lucky, but suspect many waited for a long time to park. - Toilets. Carnage. How were they ever meant to be enough with an entry limit of 2,600? Should have 3 or 4 times as many. - Toilets (again). Was a long time from leaving event HQ to starting the race (30 mins in the end) with no facilities, which meant I saw a lot of people in the first mile nipping into the fields, and one lady stopping whilst still on the bridge! If starting from the same spot next year, suggest portaloos on the bridge. - Footpath to the event HQ / finish. To narrow for the finish with all the spectators along the way - Finish line chaos as everyone was backlogged due to having to be given a carrier bag, then self service goodies. Just throw stuff in bags in advance and give to people. They can swap things later if wanted. - Food stalls down the hill. Stupid location, as wifey couldn't get there with a pushchair, and I was hesitant climbing up/down due to the slippery grass and no steps. Please rethink.
All in all, was a great run, despite having to walk the final 6km due to injury. Would love to return in 2015. Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Very Unusual Settting- a Must Do! In full: Loved it!:) Great, quirky race info that came through the post, made me laugh loads. I liked the e mails that kept me informed about how it was all progressing, it's interesting to read all about the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. On the day itself I was slightly concerned about parking on the pitch. Thankfully it was dry, what would have happened in the wet? I guess lots of cars would have been stuck. On returning to my car after the race, we were being directed out & over a kerb. My 44 year old Morris Minor wasn't too happy at this, so the very kind chap at the club house let me go out the way we came in, so that was lucky.! The toilets were the big issue, but obviously, this will be addressed at next years race ( please say there's going to be a next year!) It was organised brilliantly, everyone very helpful & supportive. Water stations were well stocked, even for us "steady" people right at the back. The course itself was brilliant, really enjoyed it. Managed to run the whole thing, even all the hills.Slowly, granted, (2:50) but I did it without stopping, so if a slow plodder like me can do it, anyone can! The approach to the finish was a little tricky with pedestrians on the path, making their way out, but again, I guess this would be looked at for next time. Considering this was the first one, I thought it was exceptionally well organised, so a big WELL DONE to all involved. I loved the tech t shirt ( had to have a medium, as no small ones left, but it's not too massive, so that's ok) the medal was great, very unusual. The hoodie bag was full of stuff you actually need like banana, a drink, crisps, Jaffa cake bar & cereal bar. This is something that the organisers of the Cardiff Half need to look at, in recent years true rubbish offerings have been a salt sachet, a SINGLE cough sweet & a small can of alcohol free beer- utter rubbish! I was fortunate enough to run the Newport Half Marathon earlier this year as a Canicross entry, as the organisers kindly gave me permission , would love to do that with this race next year, my dogs would love it!:)