In short: Much improved In full: As per the last review, I've been moved to comment on this due to some of the frankly bizarre criticisms levelled by some recent posters. Opinions are one thing, stating things that are factually incorrect is another.
For the record, there were plenty of marshals (unless you think that every runner needs a personal assistant), and anyone starting near the front can't have experienced too many issues with slower runners - I started in the blue pen and had no problems at all. The route was generally flat, with a slope or two to make it interesting, and a beautiful run in such nice weather. Having been heavily criticised in the past, it's good to see Cardiff listening to people's opinions and making changes. As for the supposed lack of crowd support, I genuinely don't know what these people are expecting!! I'm a very experienced runner of big city halves, so have plenty to compare Cardiff to, and see nothing major to complain about.
And finally, a technical t shirt at last after years of naff cotton efforts! Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: first cardiff h/m and will definately be back In full: thought i needed to add my review of this race after reading the strange previous 3 reviews which contradicted every other review iv read on this race and was very harsh on this race.weather was cool and ideal for running.was a nice scenic start in the middle of the city next to the castle.welsh national anthem being sung at the start was a nice touch.maybe a big screen wouldv been useful to see who was being interviewed and who sung the national anthem.running pens and baggage area was clearly labelled so didnt have any problems.run had plenty of support around the course even out at cardiff bay area which was very scenic and a lovely view.only a few minor hills made this a pb potential course and sounds like the organisers have made great strides to the previous years.very nice medal and a tech tshirt was great.some food would have been nice in the goody bag but as your in the middle of a major uk city and food outlets a few feet away wasnt a problem.my 29th race of the year and enjoyed it.gels and water passed out regularly and nice friendly atmosphere.well done cardiff! Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Very poor organisation In full: This was the worst organised race I have been to. There was no extra parking or extra public transport on the day, and when you finally managed to get to the race, there were no signs directing you to the bag drop off area or the start! The starting pens were very badly organised and I spent a lot of time overtaking people the whole way around. The water stops in this race were awful, they were not frequent enough, and they were very short so by the time you realised there was one, amid all the congestion you had missed it (luckily I had a water bottle with me). The lack of marshals and first aid on hand during the race was very worrying. All in all the atmosphere here was very disappointing and even hostile. Topped off with an extremely mundane 'goody bag' and a non-existent runners village this was a very poor effort from Cardiff. Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Most badly organised race I have been to. In full: The atmosphere here was a bit lacking, and not much support until the last 2 miles. As I was near the front of the field at the start, I spent the first 4 miles overtaking people who were much slower and should have been further back. The runners village at the end had none of the usual shops to buy running gear or new products. It was a joke, consisting of basically a few burger vans. The goody bag was pathetic with leaflets, nothing at all to eat and a crappy t-shirt. There was a worrying lack of marshals on the way around the course and no sign of any first aid, which was potentially dangerous. I ran the Reading half earlier in the year which was fantastically organised, and puts Cardiff to shame. Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Very poorly organised. In full: No extra parking or public transport organised. Complete lack of marshalls. No signs directing us to the start or baggage area. Anyone with a predicted time of 2 hours or more was lumped together in the same start area. Chaos! Very crowded course and chaotic start led to a slightly hostile atmosphere throughout the race. Goody bag was very poor. I have run 20 half marathons, mainly in the UK and have enjoyed all of them apart from Cardiff. Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Great scenic reasonably flat route. In full: Loved it. New route this year and it was great. Beautiful around the bay. The weather helped mind. Crowds really friendly and definitely kept me going the last couple of miles. Date of review: October 17, 2012
In short: A great race with PB potential In full: I really enjoyed this race. I agree with what others have written about the start being too chaotic. It would have been helpful to break down the 2 hours+ runners more. I am not the quickest but even I found that there were some very slow runners/walkers getting in the way. The finish was a bit chaotic. When you are blowing out your backside it is really hard to tell where to go for your goodie bag although it's contents were great.
Apart from those minor gripes, the atmosphere was brilliant, the course was good and I will definitely do it again next year! Date of review: October 16, 2012