In short: Great day. Only a few minor points need ironing out. In full: I have run this in 2004 so will make some comparisons from that. Preferred the course much more scenic than 2004. Also seemed to be much more crowd support in 2005. The lucozade pouches helped tremendously no more sticky shirts. A couple of things I thought wern't so great. The water bottles with screw on tops, I did end up spilling lots. Some water stops they unscrewed the bottles and gave them to you others they kept the tops. The estimated time boards where a bit low and I only saw them just before the gun went off, so ended up starting way back. The was slight confusion at the end with regards to medals/goody bags. Not as organised as 2004 when you got your medal as you finished, although with 5000+ people this may not have been possible. All in all a excellent race and will become a yearly race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great Run In full: This was my first 10 Mile race, in fact my first pure running race and I loved every second! It's very flat and was perfect me on my first race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great day and got a PB! In full: I have read everyone’s comments and I do agree with a lot of them. But remember, well organised events e.g. the London Marathon, didn't just happen over night. It has taken years to get to the standard they are at today. The Cardiff event is relatively new (only starting in 2002) and they obviously have teething problems. Given time I’m sure these problems will be sorted out. Also try and remember that most of the "helpers" are volunteers and are not paid a penny. OK there was chaos at the end of the race but I am sure the helpers did their best with the man power available. I have taken part in the event every year since 2002 and will definitely be at next years. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Good run ,good value,organisation brilliant,out on the run,but a little jaded at the finish In full: I think it would of been better to start the full marathon before the half,because by the time us average runners got to the Stadium there were few people left on the streets to keep us going. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Fast race, great weather, so-so organisation. I'd do it again ... and maybe again In full: Everything went well for me, a pb and a smooth trouble-free race. The barrage and the park were particularly nice. It was a shame that the organisation at the stadium was so bad. Some family members were let into the lower part of the stadium to begin with, which made it the more frustrating for the rest. Given the choice, insecure storage and families at ground floor level would have been best. They could have used tickets to restrict access to runners and family/friends any way.
Having ranted about a relatively small detail, I really enjoyed the day. It was great! I'm looking at next year's marathons and find it hard to find another elsewhere that will clearly be better than Cardiff. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great, well organised event In full: Great race, well organised. The one minute silence for Vernon Olivant was a very nice touch and was appreciated by his fellow runners. 'Sting' in the tail was a good one and caught me out!!!! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great scenic run, good organisation and fun atmosphere. In full: Fantastic place for a race, great course and the hill isn't a monster, just a bit drawn out and the obvious downhill mile afterwards gives ample opportunity to claw back some lost time. The course is potentially very quick if you can avoid getting penned in during the early miles, as the course is narrow for a long time it is difficult to run at your own pace - but the slow start actually did me a favour allowing for a really quick finsh after the hill and a PB. Scenic course, good organisation all round with plenty of marshalls/police, plenty of support on the course and a pleasant, fun atmosphere makes this a very enjoyable race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great Race - everything else "shambolic" In full: I will start positively, Brilliant course,Fantastic support, good weather. Race well marshalled (Thankyou) but everything else seemed understaffed. Packs should have been ready to send out as soon as closing date for entrys past.(I recieved mine on the tuesday after I got home from my weekend away). Everything could have been in goodybag rather than forming a scrum to get each item. I was told 3 different places to put timing chips. Total confusion as to where people and athletes were allowed to go and not go. Please fill in the questionaire which was in racepacks and point out the inadequacies of the event. I will give it one more chance next year. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great route shame about the atmosphere In full: I'm surprised everyone keeps saying the atmoshphere was great. I thought it was terrible. It seemed to me that if people in the crowd didn't know you then they couldn't be bothered to provide a measure of support. I ran Bristol last year and the crowds were out in their thousands to support every runner there. Agree with everyone about the end though, a bit of a shambles. Having said all it was a great course and I will run again next year. Lets hope the people of Cardiff are in a better mood then. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: great trail race, lots of variety with a killer hill at the end..ouch !, very enjoyable , one for the diary In full: a very enjoyable trail race, lots of variety with plenty of undulations/hills although nothing too hard until the sting in the tail with a killer hill at the end ! ouch ! but a good feeling when you pass the finish , definitly one in my diary for next year. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: very enjoyable hard course Brilliant t-shirt In full: Not really suitable for begineers as a first 10k but good fun nonetheless. those hills are hard but are good training. will do next year Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great potential could so easily have been fulfilled. In full: I agree with others that the course was great but the organisation could have been better. Did not use enough of the stadium at the start and end. Needed more room at start (20 yards between sub 1.30 and 2.00hrs). Not obvious where to start. At the end the cramped area for picking up water, medals and goody bags was poor for such a large stadium.
On the positive side wasn't the course great (apart from grasscrete and cobbles), support fantastic and don't forget a nice T shirt! I will be back next year. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Organisation - How wrong can you get it In full: Excellent course, spoiled by woeful organisation 1. Extremely poor pre-race instructions 2. Reduced car parking at a car park that does not exist 3. Millenium stadium supposed to open at 6:30 actually opened at 7;30 4. Absolute chaos at finish line 5. Goody bags not ready, which turned into a free for all
In short, this is an event with enourmous potential, spoiled by absolutely the worst organisation possible Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: fantastic race. well done to all concerned In full: The start is a bit narrow and congested. But once clear its great, great support,water stations, marshalls, atmosfear, goody bag and tech t-shirt. Thanks. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: 1st 1/2 marathon & 1st GNR - bit or a mare though In full: My first GNR and 1/2 marathon, trained for over a year for it and found it much tougher than I thought. Great atmosphere and great organisation, but some points that I found: 1. I guessed that I walked 3-4 miles to get to the start line, parking South of South Shields and taking the tube (as recommended to me). Spending 30 mins on a packed train and then another hour or so literally packed like sardines waiting for the start wasn't ideal preparation for the race and I didn't get to do any stretching ! Not good. 2. Usual comment about walkers at the start - having just done the Great South Run, why didn't they have multiple wave starts for the GNR like they did in Portsmouth. Worked a treat there. 3. There were just too many people on the run. I reckoned afterwards that I must have worn myself out running around people and not running at my usual pace, or any consistent pace actually, despite a Garmin Forerunner to help me ! There was bairly an occasion when I was able to run unimpeded. 4. Water stations were great and plentiful - I don't think that the organisers could have accounted for the heat though, and I suffered badly over the last 4 miles despite drinking plenty and pouring water over my head every few hundred metres. 5. Re the heat, why does the race start so late - everyone is there ateast an hour in advance, I feel unnecessarily, and everyone except the elite runners were made to run through the hottest part of the day - a 9.30 start would make more sense ? 6. The last 2 miles, when so many were clearly in trouble, put a real downer on the event for me.
Lessons learnt: Don't do the GNR if you want a good time, or even a normal "training run" time. Use the buses to take you straight to the start without walking and don't get in the starting lanes until the race has already started - just climb over the fence near the start line somewhere. Drink lots and have a good time for the atmosphere, not to race.
Many sympathies to the families of those that lost their lives. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Tough but fun - Make sure you do some bike training In full: Good fun duathlon wiith the option to get muddly. The hill on the run is a killer especially on the second lap. The cycle decent down the ridgeway can catch you out, quite a few crashes. Date of review: October 11, 2005