In short: Two PBs here...one in race time and the second in the number of cones run round in a race! In full: This race has 5 miles of glorious coastal scenery which the organisers eeked out to a half marathon distance. It got a little silly between 3-4 miles when we snaked off the coastal path, into an industrial estate and round a police cone before turning back to fill another 2 miles running up and back to another cone just shy of a roundabout. We then ran back past the start line and along the coast the other way to.....you guessed it.....turn around a cone after 2.5 miles and head to the end. Just one long line of people snaking along the coast which got messy when we hit bottlenecks. Maybe the change next year to the start/finish might erradicate this, I do hope so. Otherwise, the course has great PB potential - pancake flat. There were adequate toilet facilities, but sadly no showers. The car park was carnage when I left - took us a good half hour to get out which isn't good with tired legs. The atmosphere was very friendly, however, lots of friends and family out braving the wind to support at the start/finish point which was passed 3 times. I must say, having travelled from London I'm a little disappointed overall with the event but I think that the changes to be made next year may erradicate some of the downsides that I've mentioned. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Great Race - do you really need to make it bigger? In full: I last did the Llanelli Half 4 years ago and it's retained its small race charm, despite an increase in entrants.
The course is mainly flat with a few little drags so it has great pb potential. Indeed yesterday I got my first sub 2 hour half marathon time so I'm chuffed (despite that ferocious headwind in the last 2.5 miles!!).
Water on the last turnaround point and the bottle caps being taken off would've been useful but thanks to the marshalls.
The race memento was a nice change from a medal or tshirt and now sits proudly on my mantlepiece. Thankfully I declined to take the awful baseball cap on offer at the finish.
A great early spring half marathon to do. Lovely scenary, a good size crowd and potential for fast times.
Not sure about the changes next year. Please don't get too big. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Changes needed (and planned) In full: This was my second year running the Llanelli Waterside Half and to be honest I felt that 2012 was not as good as last year.
Marshalls seemed very thin on the ground compared to last. Those in attendance were either great/supportive or completely useless (the ones on the last turning point had got bored by the time I got there and were sitting in their car!). Didn't seem to be enough people manning the water-stations either.
The gun - Unless you were standing right on the start line, you could hear nothing on the P.A system. A couple of speakers further down would not have gone amiss.
The baseball hat 'memento' is absolute garbage in my opinion. Poor quality and a complete waste of money. I would be surpised if anyone actually gets any use out of it. That said the trainer trophy was good and comparible with last years excellent paperweight. Makes a nice change from a medal!
It felt like it took as long to get out of the car park as it did to actually run the race!
Crowd support was excellent around the start/finish areas. Many thanks to those who braved the elements on what was a typical March day in West Wales. All four seasons were present!
There are plans to move the start and finish points to Parc Y Scarlets Stadium next year to allow the field to be increased, which will obviously include a new route. For this reason I will probably run again but on reflection I just feel that the 2012 effort can be summed up with "could do better". Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Good day,shame about the weather! In full: The course now is becoming a little overcrowded so maybe next years re-vamp willhave less bottlenecks of runners passing in opposite directions.Spoiled a little bit by some dozy bat on her bike who was weaving in and out of some runners and seemed oblivious to it all.Hacked off with those who wear i-pods and have no awarenwss that thye too are just getting in the way.If you can't hear someone bellowing "Get out of the way" then perhaps you should turn the things down (or even better,off!).Try talking to your fellow runners for once. Marshalling was excellent,particularly arriving and leaving the car park.Water stations well manned.Could do with a finishing clock (or did I miss it?).Good memento!Let's see what next year brings! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: A great Race In full: Fantastic atmosphere, organisation was suberb, the signs from the motorway meant you couldn't go wrong, plenty of loos and water stations, a bit of a head wind in the last 2.5 miles but this was offset by being able to see the finish from such a long way out. My first time here, shame it always clashes with Bideford, another favorite run but I'll be back. Great shoe momento too - I've stopped 2 people trying to steal it already! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Continues to be a top event In full: Big improvements on last year and glad the organisers have listened. This still remains one the best half marathons in the UK Date of review: March 15, 2011