In short: Consistently reliable In full: Regarding previous comments about the cost: yes, it is for a very worthwhile cause (although aren't all charities worthwhile?) and when all's said and done, nobody was forced to stick their hand in their pocket. On the negative side, clear wastage as alrady pointed out. Still not bad compared with the othe rCardiff 10k though, and if a race is well organised and has a good atmosphere, I'm prepared to put up with a steep entry fee - it's when they charge the earth then deliver a substandard experience that it grates! Only real problem was the km markers - as others have said, the first 2kms were very short, the third and ninth excessively long, which ruined any chance of judging your pace unless you're an expert. Especially disappointing as I can't see why they couldn't have been set out correctly - a flat course through quiet parkland isn't the hardest one to map out!! Still, great event with a nice atmosphere and definite pb potential. Good crowd support and a very worthwhile event. Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Great for PB's In full: The good: Good course (especially the 2nd half), flat and good for PBs. Great atmosphere, I liked having the 2k start at 9:30, some of those kids did were impressive, also seemed to get the crowd going. The bad: Dodgy km markers, bottles of water at the drink station was a terrible waste - most people only had a sip and threw the 90% full bottles on the ground. Also the good bag was made up primarily of a medal and advertising material - more waste. Just hand the finishers the medal if you must have one and do away with the bags altogether. No safety pins!
There have been a few complaints about the price. I'd complain too if the race wasn't based around a charity - there's plenty of cheaper races out there if you're just entering for a position and time. Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Great organisation and great course for a great cause! In full: The course is mainly flat and fast and was well marshalled and organised. I will definately do it again next year However, they really do need to sort out the distance markers which were way out. 3:50min/km then 5:23min/km for the next when I felt as if I was running a consistent pace. It is frustrating as I was well under my PB up to 8KM, then spoiled by a long 9th km with no time to make it up. Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Cardiff will see me again in 2009!!! In full: Achieved PB for 10km. I will def be back next year, for those who complain about the cost, well don't do it next year, have you forgotten its a charity event and its for a good cause. Plus the medal is a nice touch, I have done countless races this year for running and triathlon and got nothing and the cost was higher then cardiffs. Overall great race, and I consider it great value for money!!! Date of review: September 7, 2008
In short: Fast, Flat and Scenic Big City 10k In full: :-))
Ok, so it was expensive at twenty squid, but at least the money is going to kidney research which cushions the pain. At least the entry fee has not gone up as much a wheat, petrol or electricity though.
A dream 10k, flattest I know with several beautiful parks and city features taken in. Excellent organisation, and would have been absolutely perfect had all the K markers been in the right places.
Despite the entry cost, I will be back next year. It is a cracker.
In short: Good race and atmosphere - just a bit pricey!!! In full: Enjoyed the atmosphere and support along the way - it's a race I've taken part in since 2003.
Not sure I'd do it next year re the cost and I know its for a real worthwhile charity. Surely savings could be made re T-shirt (no mention of race which if you are a first timer and its been your goal would be to me a real disappointment) and glossy leaflets - also with the amount of mailshot sent prior to race would be nice to have an opt out on the entry form.