In short: Brilliant race but let down by organisation! In full: Anyone know what I'm meant to do with my Championchip? I was asked by at least 6 other athletes. I even asked a marshell who kindly radioed through and yet know one on the other end knew!! Still got mine! Besides that it was a fanastic race, lovely scenery, one of the best courses I've ran. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: better organisation required for next year In full: Enjoyable race however was disappointed at the secure baggage,how can you say leaving your bag on a seat is secure.Pretty good route enjoyed running into the stadium but found the organsation at the end very bad. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Conquered those hills at last! In full: Did this last year and managed to run up....NONE of the hills!, realy tough. This year ran up all of them and finished 2.5 mins earlier, time wasn't the challenge tho so really pleased. Top t-shirt as well... Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good London 10k In full: If you're going to give out a doggy bag, put something in it- a crunchy bar and a couple of leaflets isnt worth the hassle. TAUT drink is OK, but cant seem to buy it anywhere. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Excellent scenery and good organisation (loos apart) In full: 5-4-3-2-1 GO! ... And I'm still in a queue for the loo. If there were loos elsewhere then have some way of communicating the fact. Subsequently joined the throng late and had to politely fight my way through fun runners for 50mins. Otherise excellent in every way. Found the hill tough though. Date of review: October 10, 2005
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).