In short: My first Half-marathon and I absolutely loved it. In full: Really interesting course, the miles flew by. Good on the legs not having to run it all on the road and loved the hill - was my best bit and gave a focus for the whole run. Will definately be back next year esp. since the organisers have promised to sort out the loo situation. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A nice flat Cardiff intro. In full: This year was better that last: Water in better size bottles. Lucozade in soft pack. Start nice and smooth. Only problem was getting from the finish line to the medals. I had decided to not run any more Half Marathons but after that one I think I will. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Good course, shame that two loops means you face the lonely road to the bay twice. In full: Thoroughly enjoyable, good support, organisation at beginning and end. Could think about setting the marathoners off prior to the half-marathon next year, as faster marathoners hit back end of half marathon on first loop. Also notable reduction of support for marathon second time round...especially in town centre. Would have been better had the crowds been there for the full marathon...but can't complain too much Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Loved it! The event ran like clockwork so as a runner it was stress free. Great warm up & course. The goody bag was excellent and I only missed mile 5 marker so no real probs. Many thanks to the organisers & supporters A++++++ Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great capital city marathon the fastest course out of London, belfast, Edinburgh, Isle of Man In full: Cardiff was the last leg of the 5 British capitals for me,has anyone else done them in a year?Very fast course two laps but never dull, pure oxygen in a 5 mile stretch of parkland.The stadium inspires.You see it from differant directions and the last lap is a must. Well organised it will only get a lot bigger. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A nice, flat course through some interesting parts of Pompey. Great for first-timers. The start was a bit congested though. In full: I really enjoyed today's run - the glorious weather certainly helped! Travel arrangements appeared to be well organised, though having my parents living only a 10-minute stroll from the start was obviously a bit of a bonus for me!
I've only done the Great West Run before today's event, and I found the Great South much more pleasant and easier.
Being very flat, I was hoping for a slightly better time than I actually achieved (1h 21m), but I blame part of this on a very slow first couple of miles due to congestion.
Also, I agree that some of the mile markers were very difficult to spot.
Overall though, I loved it and will definately be back (faster?!) next year.
In short: Stanley is a pretty flat place.....not!!!! In full: That course was really hard I really hope Carlisle is flatter than that next week. If only I hadn't been out on the pop the night before I may have ran OK and not shown everyone Tony the tiger's secret formula at the end.
In comparison to Hexham to Ovingham 10 miler a few weeks back this was much friendlier and more enjoyable. A big thanks to the marshals in particular for keeping me going when I was really struggling uphill. Its races like this that makes taking part in races great even though I'm a very average runner who will never come close to winning anything. Got this one on my list to do again next year along with Thirsk 10 and Templeton 10. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Special race, one of a kind. In full: It's always going to be tough over 54 miles but I still enjoyed it. Thr traffic was a problem at times and Ditchling Beacon was a killer but overall it was great. I still have a warm glow a week later - or maybe that's the lactic still in my legs! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A bit pricey for a 10K In full: £15 and no Mars Bar or goodies, c'mon you can do better than that. The goodie bags were cast offs from the Liverpool half marathon. I think the inflatable gantry caught me out too, so im not impressed surely its common sense to place a large inaminate object at the finnish line so everyone knows where to stop. the race organisers stated on the radio that they would have a water station on the course, so how come the pub done this out of the goodness of their hearts and not the organisers. Apart from that i enjoyed myself and thought the T-shirt and medals were of good quality. Overall a good race that was well marshalled,room for improvement. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Echo all the preceding comments In full: Agree with the preceding comments - very well organised, flat course, Portsmouth an interesting place to see. Organisers only need to improve placing of mile markers. All in all, well done Date of review: October 9, 2005
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