In short: A trip down memory lane In full: I went to university in Cardiff 25 years ago. I never thought I'd be back to run a half marathon. I enjoyed the race, seeing all my old haunts and although I didn't get a PB due to a dodgy knee, the race definitely has PB potential. Plenty of crowd support, well marshalled, well organised. HINT. Stay in the Travelodge Atlantic Wharf and you can roll out of bed and onto the start line, with no need to queue for the toilets! Date of review: October 21, 2011
In short: Vibrant city half marathon with PB potential In full: A well organised race on a course with plenty of PB potential. Others have commented on the course being dull on dual carriageway stretch. This is true but because there's 15,000 runners wide roads have to be used. A return to more scenic route (especially if including parks) could accommodate a mere fraction of that. There's a high volume of participants because race organisers want maximum income from charity fundraisers.
Luckily members of local running club, Les Croupiers, helped out this year, ensuring the course was correct length and the event well organised and properly marshalled. Does need more even spread of water stations though.
The course is NOT hilly - there are some undulating sections meaning it is not dead flat but elevations are steady and mostly slight. The definition of hills in Wales is a LOT different than a couple of slip roads! The course is much better than the Bristol Half.
In short: could be so much better In full: first 6 miles flew by but the dual carriage way dragged on a bit. The goody bag was poor and the t shirt not great for the cost of the event. Was my first half for over 20 years but has not put me off already planning my next race just not Cardiffs not on my list. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Definitely good potential but dual carriageways are for cars, not runners... In full: I enjoyed this year, mainly as it was full length (having been deprived of a 1:21 PB last year) but because there were groups at the front for pace. Ideally, it should be further grouped for people further down the list speed-wise. The dual carriageway was a bit dull but the support along there was great; and having run up the slip roads again tonight, i did notice a very slight incline but didn't on race day. Surely it's nothing worth complaining about as most people would train a bit before daring to try 13 miles?! Cardiff has great green space and Cathedral Road/Bute Park have been great in the past but some of the park's paths aren't wide enough. Penarth marina, Barrage, WMC and Castle are nice things to run past, as would be the stadium. I'll definitely be there next year. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Dull In full: Expected a much more interesting course but was disappointed by the over use of the dual carriage way and lots of non-descript scenery. Crowd was a little underwhelming too... Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Not enough tolilets at the start meant long queues and could not get to allocated pen on time. Did not achieve my race time as I had to fight thro the masses for 4 miles before i eventually could run my race pace Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: I'll be back In full: I was told it was a good race to do as a slow runner and they were right. The crowds popped up around the course and the end was close to the spectators and plenty of them even when I came in. Moans about the toilets, the pens, getting to the start might be valid if we didn't have websites to check, common sense to use, and maybe a little bit more forward planning. Lets face it when you have a few runners more than likely a few friends and family which = a crowd all heading for the same spot. Cardiff you did really well and the opinion of the majority is what counts. Goody bag, medal, course, etc etc were just fine and the sunshine was a bonus. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In full: Enjoyed the day although found the race fairly difficult, more me than the actual race. Course was interesting enough, plenty of room on the road for the size of the field. I was looking forward to running the barrage at the end of the course but I was too knackered to make the most of it. Nice one Cardiff, could well be back next year. Date of review: October 20, 2011
In short: Great course, great organisation In full: After the disaster of last year's short course the organisers made up for it this time with a flawless race.
The course was fairly fast, wide and appropriate for the volume of runners. To the people who have complained about it not being "scenic" or using the parks - going through the parks (with their narrow paths) is not appropriate for a race of this size as was clearly illustrated last year. If you're looking for scenery rather than a race I recommend trying the open top bus instead.
To the people claiming the course was long due to their garmin - you need to realise that your garmin is not a precision race measuring instrument. Quite apart from the possibility that you may not have run the racing line, a garmin is likely to give you at least a 1% error, or 0.13 of a mile. The error can be amplified by things like a twisty course satellite locations on the day.
A garmin reading long is actually an indication that a course is accurate, if it had measured exactly 13.1 miles i would have suspected a short course.
Think things through before you moan on forums! Date of review: October 20, 2011