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
In short: Brilliant race, dodgy goodie bag In full: My first Cardiff half and after battling through some tough traffic we were treated to a great event. Fast course, well-organised and brilliant crowds. My only criticism would be the lack of food in the goodie bag. I went looking for chocolate only to find some shampoo,non-alcoholic beer and a cough sweet. Probably the last 3 things I needed at that time. Other than that it was excellent! Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: 10th year ...was the BEST year!! In full: FAB, BRILL WHAT MORE CAN I SAY. New route this year and it was lovely. Crowds were out of this world never seen so many well wishers all round the course. Organisation was spot on this year the start was like clockwork. Long may this run continue x Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: That's Better!! In full: Not sure why I entered this race, Cardiff 1/2 in the past has been a shambles and I'm not a fan of City runs. But I entered because it's my home town and I was pleasantly surprised. The organisation was no nonsense and easy, the course I thought despite not being lightening quick was good, no bottle necks big wide roads and great support. The finish area was well managed with plenty of room to collect a decent goody bag and plenty of available drinks, which then fed straight to the baggage pick up and then on to burger bar. all in all a good morning run. Date of review: October 14, 2012