In short: A great race - really well organised In full: I really enjoyed this race - the longest distance I have done and finished more than 2 minutes inside my target time. There were slower people in front but there was enough room to overtake so I think the wave system worked well. I missed the mile markers at 4, 5 and 7 miles but think this made me run faster to get to the next marker! Loved running with all the spectators and the bands around. Great weather and was well impressed when I got back to my bag and found I already had a text message with my finish time! Bad experience with the travel agents so will organise my own accomodation etc next year. Thanks to Nicky from Tewkesbury for looking after me before the start. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: where were the marshals after 1 pm? In full: My fist Cardiff marathon, was looking for a PB of 5.15. No it didnt happen. There were very very few marshals left after 1pm, streets needed more signs. The extra time that was added beecause I got lost and the lengthy trek to the toilet AND they closed the castle early so a detour through more park as needed, it ok me 6 hours plus. And totalled 46.1 Kms. I was creamed to say the least. Then got shouted at by a marshal because another one in charge didnt know left from right. More organisation is needed for us non club runners who cant run sub 5hrs yet. Congats to all who did run and achieved everything they set out to. Any onee fo Dublin? Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Scenic, a good race that could be great In full: A fast scenic course but deserves much better organisation. It's not good enough to get the race number two days before the race, have problems finding water at the end, have massive queues to collect medals and have problems meeting supporters at the end.
Cardiff is the capital of music, its a pity that the organisers didn't give local bands the opportunity to showcase their talent on route. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Super -dee-duper In full: Well organised race, great fun and glad I did it. Looks like I'll have to run faster next time to avoid the queues for a massage:( The misfiring of the hooter and the start was quite comical (who was that idiot?). Plenty of lucozade and water and accurate mile markers (mile 16 was missing but it was windy down near the sea so maybe it blew away). Its an expensive trip from Belfast but I might do it again. More comments on http://ukirelandmarathons.blogspot.com/ Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great stuff In full: Only my second half-marathon and loved it, especially the last speedy bit down the very Fair Mile. No toilet problems - try the club house! I'll be therenext year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: The sort of event that gives running a good name. In full: Fantastic. The atmosphere was inspiring, the organisation was flawless, the course was lovely & there was no wind! I have never enjoyed a race so much. Roll on next year! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, lovely day all round In full: Definately do again, 2nd time I have completed seems to get better every year. Great for all the famly and good course for fast times. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good race for a beginner, spoilt by the crush at the end. In full: This was my first half marathon, and I must admit I enjoyed it. Lovely course,good pace for a starter, but I felt the end was a bit of a non event. Like others I was rushed off the track, without water and endured a 30 min wait for a medal, with no time to stretch before standing for a long time. With the space and size of the stadium I'm sure there could have been somewhere better to give out the medals and water. I had family come from London to see the race, and sadly they missed me in the stadium due to poor transport links.....does anybody liase with the Cardiff bus companys? Having said that it was a great morning and will certainly be looking to do it again next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good organisation makes an otherwise ok race In full: Human Race are reknown for excellent organisation and this race is no different. The route is nothing special, although the trot along the Thames Path up to Hampton Court Palace is quite nice.
A nicely placed race to include in marathon training. Better than running on the paths on your own but will never be my favourite race. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised and great atmosphere. In full: There always seem to be problems at the start, moans about 'fun runners/walkers' etc. with the large events. The GSR seems to have this all in hand. A great event that I last ran 3 years ago and intend to do so again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Flat fast course. Loved it! In full: Cardiff or London - give me Cardiff anyday. Flat fast course - excellent potential for a PB. I felt the event was generally well managed, with the marshalls/police doing an excellent job, despite pushy motorists and some ignorant peds. Loose dogs in Sophia Gardens were also a bit of a problem second time around - a dog around your ankle at 23 miles, potentially a big danger. Drinks stations and lucozade well managed with encouraging, friendly faces, although some didn't seem to be where they were published as being in the pre-race blurb - some mile markers were also missing.
Everybody was extremely friendly, superbly varying scenery, with a finish in the Millenium Stadium - although very difficult to do a warm down at the end!! due to lack of space.
Thanks Cardiff, will give it another go although its a hell of a trek from East Yorks. Date of review: October 10, 2005