In short: A decent run for a sunny day In full: I was reluctant to sign up for this race after the shambles of 2010 but it's fairly close to home and fell on a free weekend so i went in for it. Much better than the last time I did it- the route was a bit dull but there were less bottle necks. The start still needs some work- it wasn't well signposted and the toilet queues were enormous, but I enjoyed the route and didn't notice any major issues. I may be back next year! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: it was ok In full: Ok route, nice and flat Organisation seemed a bit hit and miss, only found the start and parking because we followed our sat nav - no signs! Leaving Cardiff was traffic chaos, again relyng on sat nav to get us out. For a big city half I thought it lacked atmosphere, at times on the route you cold have heard a pin drop - well the half dozen or so runners who were not wearing ipods could of! I have never seen so many ipod wearing zombie runners - whats the point in taking part if you are going shut yourself off from the event !?!?!
Overall it was an Ok event but I shant bother going back. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In full: My 3rd time and the route the best yet. Worst part was getting out at the finish line. Weather lovely, great support along the route, which I found especially helpful in the Roath Park area. My only grumbles were people walking all across the road (happens in every big race) and the bottlenecks where it slowed to a stop twice. Those parts of the route couldn't cope with 18000 runners. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Lovely day, but organisation still needs work! In full: Again I really enjoyed the Cardiff half. Cardiff keep changing the route - this time I think they have got it about right, but with 18,000 runners they have GOT to get more serious about a staged start. They have finally got a "pen" system, but they have to make sure to wait a good 5 mins between each section starting. Today there was so much congestion, bottlenecking, colliding, and yes, people falling over! It did detract from enjoying the race. Also, they should seriously look at finishing in Bute Park, as the area outside of City Hall is just not big enough. And where were the alphabet poles at the end to help people find each other? Nowhere to be seen. Otherwise a lovely race, plenty water stops, a great new route, with loads of potential, and a lot of very keen runners. But unless the organisation gets better they're not going to keep up the numbers. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Great new course In full: Well organised event & the new course is probably the best Cardiff has had, crowd support was superb & this ranks alongside Reading has probably one of the best halfs in the U.K. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In full: The course was much improved over last year and I hugely enjoyed the day. Goody bag collection more organised and got a T-Shirt that fits this year! Lovely scenery through Cardiff Bay and Roath park although there were a few bottlenecks at times. Plenty of refreshments along the way. Supportive crowd. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: A very good event, well organised, great route, almost flat, enthusiastic crowds, nice T-shirt; but parts of the route were narrow which made maintaining pace difficult, also too jammed after the finish when getting medal and goody bag. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: That's more like it! In full: Didn't do last year as 2010 put me off. Really enjoyed the course this year, view if the bay, Millennium Centre and Roath Park were great! Start still needs sorting out, was in pink start, not obvious how to get there and white start looked huge - should have split this into two or three. Also leaving a gap between waves might have spread the field more - was quite crowded for first few miles, though nowhere near as bad as 2012. Bag drop hugely improved too. It's now getting very close to getting on par with the Reading Half as one of the best in the UK - certainly much more scenic! It even managed to stay dry! Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Well-organised, improved course, great support In full: Like others who have rated this year's Cardiff Half I also think this was an improvement on 2011. Much better at the start and a more scenic route (sure, there were hills, but this is south Wales, right?). Very helpful and friendly stewards and volunteers (thank you), and altogether a most pleasant atmosphere all round. I may even use my new t-shirt. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Well done to the organizers In full: Well done to everyone who helped at the race today, from the lads doing the baggage area to the marshals giving water out, Steve Brace, Dereck and Graham who I know have put so much work in to ensure everything ran smoothly.
Everyone seems to be have been quick to criticize in past races,well for me this was close to as good as it gets,no problem with the start,the course was good, yes there were a few small hills come on you cant run 13 mile and expext it to be completely flat, and the support on route was as good as the London Marathon in places fairplay,oh just for the record I had 13.2 miles on my Garmin well done Graham ... Date of review: October 14, 2012