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