In short: A nice place to start and finish at the Liver Building.A lot of confusion as to where the finish was - the inflatable arch or the line in the road 20 yards further ahead. Fast course but not very scenic once you had left the start. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: a very dull race with little atmosphere and some very lonely section In full: This was my home marathon, it was my first time to run it and I am sad to say I came away very disappointed.
I found the course lifeless with only a few areas with spectators.
The goodie bag comprised of a banana and a wagonwheel!!!
I have already run the London and Edinburgh marathon this year and was expecting great things of Cardiff. I came away feeling that my home marathon had let me down and did not compare in any way to the other two. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Very well-organised race In full: The organisation is excellent for a large race, and there is no difficulty in getting into the pens, finding friends, and meeting up afterwards. It's a nice flat course too, and wide roads seem to ease congestion. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Very flat, scenic 16 miler In full: Really enjoyed this one,1st time out to the running festival, and really enjoyed it bar the early start. Most of it was pretty scenic, through parts of Kingston, and along the river, and past Hampton Court. 2 lap course. PB material (even if there aren't many 16 mile races). Organisation was good, lucozade pouches given out twice a lap, plus plenty at the finish. Nice 2 lap race (just struggled last few miles myself after martahon last week), but would certainly put on my list to do again Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: gorgeous In full: the breathtaking scenary makes me feel happy for about a week afterwards. Always very friendly which helps with the general jollyness of the day back again in February as always Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Flatten that hill and it'd be a perfect race! In full: Excellently organised, beautiful scenery, classy T-shirt, great atmosphere, and worth the 60 mile round trip. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: great day out in brilliant scenery. In full: well organised, well marshalled and some glorious views. the hill is a bit of a drag, but coming down it is quite fun and to be honest without the hill it wouldn't be such an interesting race.
no problems for me with toilets, I found loads inside the rugby club changing rooms - no queue at all - maybe people need to explore more! good 'chocolate money' medal as well! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Great race and close enough to home In full: Had a great run, but organisers need to take note of all the comments made. Large crowds made my chance of a PB difficult, but were not entirly to blame, and was well worth it for the great atmosphere. I should have just 'run' faster! Lol. Will be there next year! Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Good course, very well organised, excellent, friendly and lots of encouraging marshals In full: "race" improving every year, good course, through the town, with plenty of support. Much better at 10am rather than 08:30 Well organised "like clockwork", results and photos on the website before I got home - very immpressive Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Nice atmosphere In full: The start was confusing people stopping after short way after crossing the line and getting to the inflatable !!! Same comment on the finish badly defined. Marshalling terrific, good atmosphere,. Gtreat looking medal not too bad t-shirt a bottle of water finished off the goody bag with some literature, as always, bag marked for flora half marathon little cheap for the entry fee!! Moreinfo on car parks would have helped lots using ncp multistory when one next to the start was nearly empty. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Once again - EXCELLENT organisation - all involved deserve thanks and praise In full: A wonderful route - excellent markers - friendly and helpful marhsalls - a goody bag I have yet to find the better of. What more can you ask ? Will I do it again - YES, YES, YES Date of review: October 9, 2005