In short: Drop the dual carriageway in favour of the parks In full: I agree with other comments about congestion at the start but I liked starting and finishing in the Bay. I think they could easily choose another start point to ease the congestion.
I also hated the dual carriageway bit and would have preferred to have done loops through the parks instead. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Agree with those who say please cut out dual carriageway next year! In full: Previous years have had more parkland which was nicer. Barrage finish was great, please keep this! Start was v cramped. Maybe more open start point eg Lloyd George Ave would be better? Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: A much better organised race In full: 13.2m for my Garmin - spot-on bearing in mind the inevitably of not being able to stick exactly to the line with so many runners. Not as pretty or fast as previous courses as some have pointed out - but how else to handle 15,000 entries ??
Cycling thru the town centre and down to the start at about 8:20 I was horrified to see 00s still arriving and parking in central Cardiff - clearly they'd left things far too late. Also amused to overhear moans about the 'heat'/sun, inclines ('hills' to some it seems - love to see the reaction if they trying running elsewhere in Wales?) and T-shirt/goody bag. My kids stopped expecting goody bags (at parties) when they were ~10. Better to cut the cost of entry and give any surplus to Barnados
The organisers and those helping did a good job - but who'd be a race organiser these days? This is why I prefer smaller off-road events
In short: For my first half marathon I was happy with this run due to the supporters and route. I felt h that the organisation was lacking compared to other races I have done. I In full: I was also dissapointed that I couldnt hear the starting siren or the start up atmosphere. I didnt even know where the start line was. The route was good though so I would do it again. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In full: cant see how some couldnt find a toilet, they were plenty around with the normal queues,would love to meet the person who describes the race as scenic as it is pretty drab.cant see how the inclines ruined the race for some as they were hardly hills. I thought it was a fraction over 13.1 I followed the instructions to the start and entered the correct pen. I think it is all about getting to the start on time. Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: Need more toilets, much more signs, couldn't even find the start,crowd and marshals fantastic In full: This was my first city half and I was surprised that it was almost impossible for the runners to get to the start and when we got there we had to climb over the barriers to get into the pen.Once underway the scenery was great until the dual carrageway when you had to make do with laughing at the irate queues of motorists! Nowhere near enough lucozade,had to pick up a half used one, shame as they know how many runners there will be. It was a pity that you could not see the actual finish until you were 100m away as it was always round one more corner.Crowd, other runners and marshalls were great.Atmoshphere was good especially at the end with loud music, and the baggage drop/pick up could not have been better.Weather was perfect and will probably be back again. Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: Crop the dual carriageway bit and it would be perfect In full: The slip roads and bridge on dual carriageway section were steeper than organisers PB claims led me to believe. We need to go back to mixed ordinary roads and some parkland (better scenery). More room to get to start pens, and keep spectators out of runners village Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: Great race - well organised In full: This was much better than last year. The start largely well organised but the pens could have been better signed. It wasn't pancake flat, but a few inclines which should have been advised. I really enjoyed them as most of my training recently has been on proper hills! Date of review: October 19, 2011