In full: Positives - atmposphere and crowds were fantastic - about the best supported half marathon I've done and the marshalls were great. Negatives - start far too crowded as were miles 1 - 3, too tighly packed to see what's going on - tripped over a traffic cone(and saw a few other stumble and one kiss the pavement later on while they were trying to overtake a gaggle of walkers - nothing against walkers but should start towards the back of the pack). Given the numbers it really needs a wave start as seems to have been suggested for several years. PB chances close to zero if you were starting anywhere near the middle/back. Wave start would cure it all in my view Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Excellent city race In full: Well done Steve Brace! The Cardiff Half has finally become what it always had the potential to be - one of the best city races in the UK. I've run it five times in the last six years and this year was the best experience by a very wide margin.The new course was a massive improvement on the Ely link dual carriageway of last year. The loop around Roath Park was excellent and the crowd support loud and encouraging in many parts of the course.THanks to the marshalls too for doing a great job. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Brilliant! In full: Second time running Cardiff Half and loved this year even more than 2011. The course was excellent, loved the energy gels and the t-shirt is really nice! Only minor criticism, a cereal bar or something would have been nice in the bag. But overall, fantastic day! Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Massive improvement on 2011: but still a couple of a tweaks could be made?!!? In full: Lets start with the GOOD:
Course: VAST improvement on last year, yes there were a few lumps and bumps, but nothing major to write home about. Definite PB promise.
Marshals & Feed Stations: Great marshals, good distribution of water stations. Didn't take gels but nice touch, electrolytes at 8 miles were nasty!
Baggage: At the time I finished, baggage collection was very swift and efficient.
Tech Tee: Finally!!!! Could have had a better design, but tech much better than cotton.
IMPROVEMENTS: Toilets: You expect a queue and I didn't think they were excessive in the race village.
However, with 18k runners, why can't the starting pen area be runner only, with runner only toilets? Standing in a pen for 30 mins in the cold resulted in a pitstop at 3 miles, not good!
Goody Bag: No food? Come on!
Medal: Bit run of the mill
Overall moved from 3/10 last year to 8/10, this year, take on board the constructive criticism and we could reach 10/10 next year. Well done to the 2012 organizers. Please keep this course for next year and don't change again!!! Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Much much better than last year! In full: This was so much better last year, with better crowd support probably as a result of the improved course. The marshalls were great, and there was plenty of water, gels and sports drink. (A bit of a stickly spell after the gels, redolent of being in a dodgy pub!)It also didn't take ages to get out of the city to get home. My only complaint was the signage at the end. It wasn't clear where to pick up your goody bag, and I ended up with a medium T shirt as I gave up on the 'small' queue. The man with the microphone could have stopped interviewing people to give some directions. But a great morning out and will be back again!
In short: That's better! In full: At last Cardiff has realised it's potential. Many thanks to Steve Brace! Very well organised and marshalled. Couple of downers: Arseholes with ipod things who seemed oblivious to other runners and often impeded.I make no apologies to the ones I pushed out of the way and swore at for their ignorance. Mile markers seemed conspicuous by their absence but that could be down to my eyesight! All in all a very good race.Thank you Cardiff and thank you all those lovely wonderful fellow runners! Date of review: October 14, 2012