In short: Great course, good competition, good atmosphere. In full: First I would like to thank my sponsors for supporting me through the Welsh Inter-Regional Championships.... errrm O yeah, I don't have any sponsors YET. My true support is my wife who looked after the house and Karla whilst I was away for the weekend in Cardiff; and puts up with all the training. I represented North Wales in the Welsh 10K Inter-Regional Championships at Cardiff. Position: 23rd.
Personally the important result for me was a 10K (6.2 miles) personal best time of 33mins 22secs. I was aiming high at a sub 33 min time but I was pleased with the slower result for the following reasons:
- the hard training week I had (a tempo run and intervals back to back on Tues and Wed; then easy runs, swimming cycling etc...); - the heat; and - position in race compared to other good runners.
The whole weekend was great but now I'm tied after the travelling. A big thank you to Andrew Edwards from Deestriders Running Club for driving me all the way down and back.
My mile race splits were as follows: 5:17 5:18 5:24 5:22 5:21 5:29 1:12
The first 1/2 mile was quick, I got a bit carried away with the fast ellite runners (the ones who are sponsored) but luckily I noticed and slowed the pace. A team member, Jez Brown from Buckley runners, was next to me at the first mile. I told him that the pace was 5:17, which was too quick for him so he slowed down. At half way I caught up to Brendan Rothery (another North Wales team member). He looked unusually tied so I pressed on to catch the group of runners ahead. He said some words of encouragement which helped.
The rest of the race was spent fighting sore legs and playing mind games to keep up the pace; keeping an eye on the watch for pace, counting, trying to keep with the person in front of me. Then with one mile left I really felt bad. I actually thought I was going to faint. Very light headed and blurred vision. I did not want to faint because I only had a mile to go. I just kept running and then with 1/2 mile to go, just as I was thinking this is what it feels like to die, I saw the end, the end of the race, not my life. There was a lovely long straight finish so you could see the finish line, this kept me going to the end. Crossed the line knowing I'd gotten a PB but wondering why I hadn't run a sub 33 because it felt soooo hard. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: A special first ever 10k In full: Scenery: Bute park & Cardiff Castle was lovely, Cathedral Road less so.
PB Potential: Although this was my first 10k, I smashed my training PB by nearly 30 minutes, the course was nearly completely flat with a lot of shade at some points.
Atmosphere: The start and finish at City hall was great, plenty of people watching on route.
Organisation: Pretty Poor. I was running for Kidney Wales, but they forgot to send out my T-Shirt and form until I rang them them week before the race. The group splitting markers were also hard to see at the start. Also a few distance markers were missing.
Value: A T-shirt, Medal, a Chocolate bar, 2 bottles of water and a goody bag full of leaflets for £20. I was hoping for a bit more at the end.
Beginner Friendliness: A great first race as the course was flat, and there was a good crowd. The lack of obvious organisation was the only let down.
Overall: I enjoyed the day and would do it again next year and hopefully smash my personal best once more! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: It was a great experience. In full: This was my first 10k race and first time event. So overall it was a great experience for me running with over 2000 people. It was a bit crowded in the beginning, but got better as everyone ran at their pace. I didnt know what time i was expecting to finish, but im happy with my results. And i know what im expecting next time i enter a race.
Definately will run next year!! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Improved start on course this year! In full: Much wider start at the course this year, much wider than the narrow start at Sophia Gardens last year, in that respect, I think the course is a bit faster this year yet still friendly enough for all runners!
Agree with the comments about "goody" bag, given what we have paid, there is an expectation for a much better goody bag. There should also be a quicker results service, after all, championchip timing was used - it's not a criticism, just a suggestion for next time. Hope the organisers are reading this :) Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Friendly, flat, scenic course In full: My first time at this race. Pluses:- Impressed with organisation, very scenic course and some pockets of good crowd support. Friendly field. T-shirt and medal nice. Minuses:- a "goody" bag with no goodies? Especially as no catering to speak of at the finish. Also £21 for a race then another £1 to leave your bag felt like scalping.
But those are minor quibbles on what was otherwise a cracking morning out for me. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Reliable as always In full: My 5th Cardiff 10k in a row, and this time I entered three teams of work colleagues as well to riase some cash for charity. A wide variety of abilities here, and everyone agreed that the race was very special. Goody bag pointless (would rather not have one if that's the best they can do), but that's a tiny issue. Cracking finishing straight too! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Cracking atmosphere which was perfect for all participants. The most dissapointing thing of all has to be the pure quality of the goodie bag which as some have already stated contained leaflet after leaflet after leaflet. Date of review: September 12, 2010