In short: Great family day out. In full: Brilliant 10k in a fantastic venue. Not really pricey when you consider that it includes entry to the park but a little unfair on the spectators so you are forced into turning into a whole day out rather than just doing the run.
Mildly undulating for the fist 5k and then downhill and flat all the way with just a little bump at 9k. PB achievable which I did. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Expensive - but would do it again because it's on the doorstep In full: Mile markers obscured by spectators - not their fault! They need to be fastened to street furniture well above head height. Missed mile 5 completely ... and I know the course! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Flat,Fast Fantastic...................... In full: My first Half Marathon, so nothing to copare it to,Enjoyed the run immensley,plenty of people all around the course,even at that early hour on a Sunday. Agree with the unsecure(secure baggage area). Also 3 people handing out medals to 5.5 thousand, from a large serving hatch?.But all in all a fantastic day that i will remember for a long time. And a special thanks to the people of Cardiff,for being so friendly.See you next year for the marathon. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Scenic flat course, race could do with better support and promotion. In full: Good race and course spoiled by poor atmosphere at the finish in the Millenium Stadium and a shambles over the prize giving lack of results. Most people, and they were the winners, had gone home. A pity because it was a nice course, although I agree that it is a bit difficult negotiating the half-marathoners on the narrower stretches, and the grass-crete was horrible the second tine round and not too nice the first! Baggage storage was difficult, not secure and diffcult to get to when you have tired legs at the end. Friendly runners taking part though. Someone said it was a warm day ...I was frozen, found the wind cold and did not warm up till 16.30 (I finished just after 12.30) after a large hot meal; maybe he/she ran faster or was out in the sun longer!
In short: Excellent race, bad loos In full: V.Nice course, yep going up the hill not much problem, to steep coming down. Would be nice to have a supervised baggage store. Although i didn't have a problem the loos, they were woefully inadequate. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Very well organised In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race which took you through some interesting bits of Portsmouth especially the Naval Dockyard. The weather was superb as were the other competitors I met. Achieved my own PB despite not having a good running day and if you can afford it I recommend you try this one out. Its worth inviting your friends / family along as well for the scenic views. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Superb race In full: This race was terrific. Organisation was superb and the route was suprisingly scenic. Obviosuly it benefited greatly from lovely sunshine, a run through the castle (though the stones should have been carpeted)and a finish in the stadium.
Like a previous reviewer, I think this race will grow and grow and soon will be hard to get into unless you are prepared to raise rediculous amounts of sponsorship, like most other capital city marathons. At the moment though, its top notch Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: great atmosphere running into the stadium. Bit confused about where to put chip and collecting the medal. But overall brilliant experience would do it again like a shot. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: pb but had to push up the hill.toilets were a problem ,i felt sorry for people that didn't arrive early.so few toilets for so many people.had a great day though and thanks to the man who handed in my wallet. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: a good firsttimer In full: A good firsttimers run, with a few gentle slopes but nothing to really worry any but the most out of condition runners. Facilities,(eg toilets and carparking quite good,and the marshalls on the course did a splendid job. Also nice to see the local boy scouts involved handing out drinks,and picking up the empty cups. Although several people did mention that on the runners world website a medal was mentioned but didn't materialise on the day. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Nice race, good atmosphere and well organised in a great city In full: Some improvements could be made: avoid the grasscrete - v hard on feet. The course is at its limit for numbers and the backmarkers of the half marathon got tangled up with the front of the marathon. Mile marking could be more accurate - would appreciate markings on the road as the hanging signs seemed a bit approximate. Also - race seemed about 0.4m long? Has it been accurately measured? Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Another great south run! In full: This is on my home territory so I am perhaps a little biased, but having done other races big and small this is still the best one of the lot. Agree with comments that the crowds were quiter than usual, not sure why that might be though.
In short: An exceptionally well organised race In full: I was really impressed by everything about the race. The wave system worked well, as per last year and we got away right on time. Plenty of water bottles at the two drinks stations and at the finish. Good quality tee shirt and best medal yet.
A nice touch was the helpers removing timing chips for those unable to reach down and remove them themselves.
There seemed far fewer cars on the common, so many must have taken the organisers advice, to park in the town centre. I was able to take advantage of a car share and we left the common without having to queue at the exit. The traffic was directed out of the city by a different route, which cut out the nose to tail traffic of previous years. There were police in evidence at crucial spots, which ensured a free traffic flow.
All in all, a superb effort, which the Great North Run would do well to take note. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Running alongside a herd of deer is absolutely fantastic. In full: With fantastic views, proximity to amazing animals at almost every kilometre and in support of a good cause, it is difficult to find fault. However, the Rhino Run is exactly that - a run, as opposed to a race. The start was somewhat haphazzard, and the marshalling of the finish could have been better, especially given the number of spectators happy to wander into the finishing strait. However, whilst such criticism may seem churlish, a few small changes may attract a bigger field, and bigger exposure for a worthy cause. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: My first one and I ache all over. But I loves it!!!! In full: I took up running this year and decided to make Cardiff my first challenge, even more so as it's my home town.
I thought it was organised OK, though the stadium wasn't opened until around 7:30 unlike 6:30 as stated in the programme.
The race was good although I could have done better. The scenery was fantastic from the wharf, it nearly made me stop and admire the view.
I agree with the lack of markers, I had to ask a steward at one point as I didn't have a clue where I was.
The end was a bit of a farce, as we had to wait for ages to get up the isles in the seats when all I wanted to do was walk and warm down. Seemed to be a bit of a queue to get medals.
Overall it was a good day, you can't beat the stadium with the sun shining and the atmosphere was good, though I was expecting a bit more from the local rodio station. Just seemed to be some lass with a mic at the finish. Date of review: October 9, 2005