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
In short: Brilliant New Route with great scenery and personal best potential!! In full: This is the 3rd time Ive run in the Cardiff Half Marathon and this was by far the best route and best organised by far! The route strated outside the beautiful Cardiff Castle and took you along the route past cardiff city football stadium and all the way to penarth marina and the barrage, back through the city and up toward Roath park lake and back through the city to the finish. It was challenging especially from the 8th mile as its a long gradient all the way to 11 miles and then slopes back downhill. The route was treelined and a great running surface with no cobbles nor slippery surfaces. Support was fantastic in many areas and Im sure that if they keep this route next year the support will be even better. This has to be put on your running calender and is a must run. Nice t shirt medal and goody bag. Date of review: October 16, 2012