In short: the Stadium made the finish special In full: As this was my first Half Marathon I have nothing to compare it with. I did feel that the start was badly organised as I ended up near the front (I should of been near the back). The course was lovely and flat and the Barrage was great (thankfully it wasn't raining)and then to finish in the stadium was just brilliant although it would of been nicer if there was more supporters both out on the streets and in the stadium, so maybe the marathon should be advertised more in the week leading up to the day. Thank you to all the Marshalls and all the other runners who shouted lots of words of encouragement to us first timers!!
In short: A good flat race, ideal for beginners In full: My first half marathon, so nothing to compare it to, but a few comments are:
Start - Random. Not very well organised at all. Course - Nice and flat. Interesting route, although the cobbles towards the end were a bit of a killer. The information we'd been provided with indicated that the cobbles would be covered with matting, but they weren't. Maybe something for the organisers to keep in mind for next year. Marshalls - Really friendly (apart from one, but I won't name names ;o) Water stations - Very frequent, but only one with energy drinks. A second one would have been nice. Crowd - Not huge crowds, but those that were there were very encouraging (apart from the woman in her car who shouted at a couple of my mates to get off the road!) Marathon Runners - The thing that touched me most was just how encouraging many of the marathon runners were to me during my run. It was my first half-marathon where my aim was just to get round, so it really helped whenever someone urged me to keep going, even if they were speeding past me at the time! Finish - Absolutely brilliant. Races I enter in the future will have to go some to beat finishing in the Millenium Stadium. Amazing!
Definitely a race I would do again. Date of review: October 6, 2004
In short: Good fast course, has potential but organisation needs to improve In full: Enjoyed the race once I'd got over the terrible organisation at the start - including being pushed back by a bunch of ladies clearly just out for a stroll. Wasn't really worth their while putting the timing signs up as they kept telling everyone to move back in any case, and I think someone needs to tell them that there is some middle ground between a sub 1:30 race and sub 2 hours.
Managed a PB of 1:40, but did miss some of the mile markers (I'm assuming they were all there?.
Thought the water stations were impressively frequent but not so impressively staffed. Also thought it was absolutely pointless providing an energy drink in a cup.
Enjoyed the finish - was very scenic running through the castle though the cobbles were a bit punishing and made me glad I wasn't doing the full marathon - and the inal lap round the Milennium was certainly a bit special and gave me the incentive to make a sprint finish! Date of review: October 5, 2004
In short: Once they sort out the appauling start this could be a great race. In full: Start very badly managed - too narrow, no start line, no signs for predicted times.
After 1M the race is great. You get to see almost everybody at 4M at a turnaround then it's back into town. Good support from bemused locals and no hills. Enough turns to keep the course interesting and a lot of Cardiff's sights to take in. Nice to run through the castle at the end despite the cobbles and when else can you do a lap of the Millenium Stadium to finish a race? I got a PB and loved the last 12.1 miles. Date of review: October 5, 2004