In short: A well organised and friendly race with a good atmosphere! In full: This was the first time I have done my local race and I will definitely be back next year. My legs were like lead at the end but all in all what a wonderful race. Well organised and very friendly. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: big crowds,big support and more hills than i was told about !! ..great crack.. In full: i travelled alone but made many friends,start line was amazing,all those people,13.2 miles ahead to go and everyone was smiling !! you wont get a p.b. here though,not at my pace anyway !! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Challenging course, good support. Too many (slow) people, bad start organisation In full: A lot of my points have been said better by other people, so I'll keep this brief.
Wave starting is a must, just to break people up. They completely failed to do this. They should set waves based upon peoples' estimated completion times. So many selfish people disregarded the finish time markers that I was constantly going around people who probably haven't run in their lives. And we started at the 2 hour marker.
I would recommend carrying your own drink on this race. If you missed the first drink station, you could have run half-way before getting one, I think. I had a reservoir backpack on with 2 litres of isotonic drink. I used a litre, and was very comfy all the way round. Better drinking that than just water. Nothing in your hands, and take the quickest route (middle) through the water stations.
The course has a lot of long inclines, but I was so stoked I didn't really feel that there were any really nasty inclines. Overtaking people distracted me a lot from thinking too hard.
The crowds were great, loads of support all the way through, and people offering munchies and all sorts. Great.
Felt very special with the Red Arrows and Red Falcons, and the TV coverage. Felt good to be part of something so big, but don't come here expecting to get a really fast time unless you get up close to the front of the pack. Everywhere else you'll be struggling for space. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Fast, flat, few walkers. Roomy field. In full: Had the sense to set people off in waves, but seemingly random wave allocation. Bad if you wanna run alongside friends, although people can drop back in the waves but not move forward.
16,000 entrants made for a much roomier field than the Great North Run, and the majority of people looked like they'd run a few miles instead of the random people in the GNR. This meant that the field kept moving and there were less slow movers in your way.
Portsmouth struck me as a pretty unremarkable town, but the seafront was ok, and the ships were of interest.
Good race for pushing your pace as it's flat and open. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Orienteering style run - great fun In full: You are provided with points on a map you must pass, but no pre-set route - that's for your to work out along the way. I found I ran a good time, despite some wrong turns, because the route finding made the run more interesting and took my mind away from the pain. I would definitely do another race of this type. Very friendly and accommodating organisers. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: A really good day - great for getting a good time In full: Lack of supporters during miles 7-9 and around the dockyard was disappointing (especially when compared to the Great North Run crowds) but overall a well organised, flat, not-too-crowded (although enough people to be anonymous) race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great scenery, perfect marshalling, nice overall experience In full: I was a bit apprehensive about this race, as people had warned me about the hills towards the end. But I didn't find it too difficult and suprised myself by taking 5 minutes off my previous pb. The only thing that worried me a bit was the fact that there were so many club runners, so although I think I ran at a respectable pace, I found myself well down the field! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Excellent well organised race In full: A really well organised race, seemed to be mostly running clubs but did not bother me to much. Marshals where very friendly and encouraging, will definately be there next year even though the hill at mile 12 is a challenge. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Excellent race! Just a shame about the 'post race medal fight' In full: More could be made of the stadium. On match day it is capable of coping with 72000 people. So why only one small hatch to issue over 5000 medals? Why were some of the toilet facilities locked? This is my only complaint because the race and the atmosphere was excellent. Well done Cardiff but please note peoples concerns because this race could become everybodies favourite! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Good, flat, fast race. My first marathon - I think it will be hard to match In full: Enjoyed the route. The mile markers were very clear. Plenty of water stations, and some power drink ones too. We were able to access the milennium stadium before the race, and there were plenty of loos, and no queues that I saw. 2 criticisms would be: (1)bag storage - the race pack said every runner could leave one bag, what this actually meant was you could leave your possessions on a seat in the stadium (totally unsecure)and (2)the race pack and no. did not arrive until 4 days before the race, so not much good if you wanted to go to Wales a few days early. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great day. Only a few minor points need ironing out. In full: I have run this in 2004 so will make some comparisons from that. Preferred the course much more scenic than 2004. Also seemed to be much more crowd support in 2005. The lucozade pouches helped tremendously no more sticky shirts. A couple of things I thought wern't so great. The water bottles with screw on tops, I did end up spilling lots. Some water stops they unscrewed the bottles and gave them to you others they kept the tops. The estimated time boards where a bit low and I only saw them just before the gun went off, so ended up starting way back. The was slight confusion at the end with regards to medals/goody bags. Not as organised as 2004 when you got your medal as you finished, although with 5000+ people this may not have been possible. All in all a excellent race and will become a yearly race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great Run In full: This was my first 10 Mile race, in fact my first pure running race and I loved every second! It's very flat and was perfect me on my first race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great day and got a PB! In full: I have read everyone’s comments and I do agree with a lot of them. But remember, well organised events e.g. the London Marathon, didn't just happen over night. It has taken years to get to the standard they are at today. The Cardiff event is relatively new (only starting in 2002) and they obviously have teething problems. Given time I’m sure these problems will be sorted out. Also try and remember that most of the "helpers" are volunteers and are not paid a penny. OK there was chaos at the end of the race but I am sure the helpers did their best with the man power available. I have taken part in the event every year since 2002 and will definitely be at next years. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Good run ,good value,organisation brilliant,out on the run,but a little jaded at the finish In full: I think it would of been better to start the full marathon before the half,because by the time us average runners got to the Stadium there were few people left on the streets to keep us going. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Fast race, great weather, so-so organisation. I'd do it again ... and maybe again In full: Everything went well for me, a pb and a smooth trouble-free race. The barrage and the park were particularly nice. It was a shame that the organisation at the stadium was so bad. Some family members were let into the lower part of the stadium to begin with, which made it the more frustrating for the rest. Given the choice, insecure storage and families at ground floor level would have been best. They could have used tickets to restrict access to runners and family/friends any way.
Having ranted about a relatively small detail, I really enjoyed the day. It was great! I'm looking at next year's marathons and find it hard to find another elsewhere that will clearly be better than Cardiff. Date of review: October 12, 2005