In short: Excellent marathon - well organised, great camaraderie between runners and good support en route. In full: With this being my very first marathon I was looking forward...nervously...to this race. And it didn't dissapoint. Was confused, like many as to where we were actually starting. That said, the event was very well organised. The marshalls were enthusiastic and encouraging despite being soaked-through to the skin. And the public support was great, too. My only criticism is the lack of energy drink stations - 1 or 2 more would have been welcomed. The route felt like a cultural tour of Cardiff's historic past - starting near the castle, down the docks which helped develope this city, coming back through the modernised bay and eventually finished in the spectacular Millennium Stadium - a great feeling! Will be back next year... Date of review: October 7, 2004
In short: a definite PB course... if it's your 1st marathon. In full: a beautiful day for my 1st big 'un. ignoring all forecasts the sun shone on an undulating course. we ran downhill for a bit, flat for a bit, up a big hill for a big bit, dowhill for a bit, then home, glorious home. great support from the villagers en route, well spaced water/juice stops, great chat, and a tasty goody bag (espesh if you like beetroot pieces). Date of review: October 7, 2004
In short: Good race series but agree with other comments about the lack of loos (big queues before the race (especially non-runners!), and occasional km markers. Understood water station was at 5k, psychologically damaging to reach 5k marker a bit further on! Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: My second visit to the GNR, it's just FAR TOO BIG, twice as many entrants as London Marathon over half the distance. As long as you don't want to improve on your time and accept the constant dodging of fellow runners / walkers, good fun. Never again! Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: Its close to home, thats why i do it. In full: Water bottles too big, 250ml is ample. Cobblestones when wet were a bit treacherous. Marshalling was excellent, even the police did a fab job. Stadium finish was ok, was too busy encouraging another runner to notice cheers though. Tunnel leading up to stadium finish was nice, sort of made you want to run a bit harder. Camaraderie was great amongst runners.
In short: Great atmosphere but no PB potential In full: 47,000 people jockeying for position makes for more of a half marathon shuffle than a run, but what an atmosphere - Superb! Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: I really enjoyed this one. Plenty of support. An excellent race. In full: The start could have been better. The police done a very good job with this one. Plenty of support and lots of water stations. I don't think there was any need for 500ml bottles. 250ml would have been better and saved money! Plenty of stuff to look at in this race, the castle, stadium finish, well worth the money. An excellent goody bag at the end. Well done, I'll do this one again!! Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: A fine race, run for the first time in 2003. This is the second year of running, organised and staffed completely by Surrey Firefighters. And proceeds go toward a very deserving charity. Date of review: October 6, 2004