In short: Cannot fault the organisation of the race In full: The hills are very testing but i managed to knock 5 mins from my previous time so i will be back next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised, interesting route, FLAT! In full: My first marathon. I hit a big wall at about 20 miles and struggled until about 23, then I got a second wind and cruised home through Cardiff Castle and the city centre flanked on either side by cheering crowds before dropping down into the millenuim stadium to do a final lap with cheering crowds looking down from the stands, including my kids with their "go dad" banner. I doesn't get much better than that. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: more hills than we had anticipated. first half marathon and tricky.everyone was from running clubs, noone dressed up so we were a little disappointed with the atmosphere. would do it again though cos want to conquer those hills in style!! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Grand tour through Cardiff's diverse landscape (City, industrial, maritime, residential, parklands and stadium) In full: In terms of entries, it seemed dominated by club runners - it seemed a bit like a spill over race for unsuccessful London marathon applicants? So, as a keen but relatively non-competetive runner, my time of 5:36 put me firmly in the Cardiff 'stragglers'.
My marathon attempt was spoiled by a cheating athlete who I can *strongly alledge* to have cheated by skipping the long run up the Cardiff barrage. He was dresed as Scooby Doo and collecting for Barnados. I'm quite sure he skipped another switch-back in the parks. He then proceeded to beat me in a sprint finish into the stadium, thereby milking the applause of well-wishers and spoiling my own race finish - I felt almost violated at the time but have cooled down since. In retrospect, this sour taste which could have been avoided by STRICT marshalling at switchbacks.
As a relative straggler I did not witness the alledged queing chaos mentioned by other runners. However, the medal / goodie bag set-up was extremely off-hand and a bit of an anti-climax. I'm not one to get wound up by this sort of thing but it was strikingly 'average' given the grandeur of the millennium stadium.
Bag deposit not 'secure' as described - but I am very trusting of runners so I wasn't really bothered by this, I always leave cards etc. at home.
On a positive note - friendly and helpful stewards, St. Johns ambulance and policing all the way round, and as I was in no real hurry and running on my own for most of the race, I made a point of thanking many of the stewards who I encountered.
Minor gripe - water bottles too small and screw-capped (glad I brought my own 1 litre squeezy bottle which I topped up with water from the stations).
In short: A new personal best! In full: I ran 2h27.05 and wipped two girls in the final 50. One was so pissed-off (you know if it's you) that she barged past in the finishing tunnel to submit her place first. The finish pic will show you just cheat yourself ;o) Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: I absolutely love this race In full: Agree with the comments about the positioning of the water-station. that siade, you simply ain't gonna beat the scenery anywhere! I usually do triathlons where the entrance fee is always £40+, so to run a well organised beautiful race for £8 is an absolute joy to behold. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: first race and great pb...thats not a hill you girl! In full: great first race, with a nice autumnal but sunny day. mile 1-4 too many fun runners and narrow lane means patience. wet underfoot in the field but after mile 5 got into the swing of it and plenty of room, hill; was expecting worse and was fine, im surprised the marines struggled! first ever half marathon set a pb 1.40! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: My first half-marathon and I really enjoyed it. In full: The day was beautiful, the course was interesting and picturesque and the people were friendly. I enjoyed every minute of my run and am looking forward to tackling another 21K. Would suggest more loos and water stops next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great race, great marshalls, great stadium but let the people in! In full: Thrird time doing this one and again an enjoyable race. The marshalls on the course are great but as others have pointed out, the stadium end could have been much better. The specrators were only allowed on the upper level and it was very hard to see the finish! Where are the medals? Where the hell is the water?? Where to I put my chip? how do I find my family??? Just a few questions on the lips of some very knackered runners! But despite all this the Cardiff people are wonderful on the course and the stadium is one hell of a finish. Back next year?? Damn right!! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Very well organised event - Good atmosphere, good marshalling, plenty of water - well done! In full: What a contrast to the Great North Run!! It is hard to believe that they are 'organised' by the same group!! The wave start was a huge success ensuring that at no time did I feel 'hemmed in' as was the case in Newcastle both before the start & during the run itself. I would agree with previous comments regarding the mile markers being difficult to spot but this is a small criticism which could be easily remedied next year. In summary a very enjoyable event for myself as a runner & my family as spectators who had the opportunity to see me at the start, 6 miles & approaching the finish.
PS.Thank you to Jo from the Brighton area who I ran with for the first 4 miles - sadly I couldn't keep up with you on the day but good luck for your forthcoming Marathon!
In short: Does what it says on the tin! In full: Glorious winter stomp through mid-Herefordshire woodlands. I first entered in 2004 and it is forever part of my running calendar. Great downhill section 'slaloming' through pine-trees, then trudges through several boggy bits - my abiding memory in 2005 was storiming through the sludge to overtake a fully-kitted member of HM forces who was inconsequentially pussy-futting around on the edge of the mud! Watch out for your shoes at this point (seriously - you will need to tie them very closely or you WILL lose one).
What goes down must come up - after a plunge into the brook at the bottom of the valley, a brutal uphill section (2 or 3 miles?) reduced to walking pace in sections. Have to lever up final ascent by grabing hold of trees. Final flat stagger to finish.
PLENTY of hot tea and doughnuts at the end. Pity no memento for finishing what is a great race, but this is a minor point - the Muddy Woody challenges the half-marathon (and even the marathon?) in terms of exertion - organised brilliantly and very friendly. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Scenic course, special Stadium finish In full: First time at this event, loved the route as it had places of interest as well as parkland, unusual for a city half. Also not too crowded, except for the tight Stadium finishing track.
Marshals/helpers excellent and very supportive, drinks etc perfectly available.
Only down side the fiasco at the finish receiving medals, and lack of water at the finsh when we all needed it.
Otherwise well worth doing, thanks to all involved. Date of review: October 10, 2005