Cardiff Half-Marathon 2010

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23/06/2010 at 17:31

Entered at last.

I hope the snags and snarls from last year are sorted!

23/06/2010 at 17:36
I'm going to enter again. What probs did you have? all went pretty smooth for me last year I think! 
Iron Pingu    pirate
23/06/2010 at 23:34
It was fab last year!  Only issue I remem was the badly organised bag pickup at the end.  Queued for an hour, but made a new friend in the queue
23/06/2010 at 23:56
it'll be my first race, but then by the time i finish the worst of the queues should be gone
24/06/2010 at 09:17

Last year it seemed that some lessons had been learned from previous years.
There was still the issue of too few toilets, unmarshalled starting pens which therefore allowed some runners who had no realistic hope of acheiving the indicated time to enter. 

I think Cardiff has come on in leaps and bounds and has the potential to be one of the great Halfs, maybe things would be better if it did become part of the "Great Run" series? A big city needs big promotion!

24/06/2010 at 10:04

There was a Great Wales Run 10k a couple of years ago, but I understand (may be wrong) that the council would not help fund it. 

I think the Half is a brilliantly organised race and am doing it this year too.  Every race has it's good points and bad points. Not sure we need to mess with a winning formula. 

Edited: 24/06/2010 at 10:05
24/06/2010 at 11:24
Oh yes I remember the lack of toilets! I was frantically wanting to go at the last minute, like you do and a guy said use the mens all the other ladies are, so i did and no-one seemed to mind
24/06/2010 at 13:48

There was Great Welsh 5K Run back in 1993 or 94 (sponsored by BUPA) which Paul Evans won.
BUPA also sponsored the Cardiff Bay 5K a coiple of years ago but the entry fee of £20 put a few(!) off.

I do think the Half is better now than it was but it does need to be better promoted.Highlights at 2 o'clock in the morning on S4C a month after the event really isn't very good!
There must be somebody out there who can do it?

Edited: 24/06/2010 at 14:28
25/06/2010 at 09:01

Cardiff will be my first H.M.

I'm really apprehensive about it but excited at the same time, crazy emotions!

I've set a realistic goal, I just want to get round without resorting to a walk ! I'm upto 7.5/8 miles on a long slow run (it's not a cool look for me but I can do it) and I try to fit in a 3 mile and 4/5 mile run in the week. I've done a few 5K and 10K events so I'm guessing it'll be like that but longer.

I don't know Cardiff at all so one quick newbie question. Does flat course really mean flat?

25/06/2010 at 09:38
Yes, in Cardiff, flat is flat
25/06/2010 at 10:48
Don't forget the Speed bumps in Bute Park,they are really steep!!
25/06/2010 at 12:22

Phewww !!!!!

25/06/2010 at 18:24

Only joking Debs!

As you already have a few races of 10K under your belt, a "Half" like Cardiff should be a good introduction to the longer distance.
If you can try and get a long run in once a week,10 miles if possible,and 2 or 3 runs of up to 5 or 6 miles you should be fairly comfortable for the big day.

The main thing is to train sensibly,set yourself a realistic time,go out,do it and,more importantly,
enjoy it!

Enjoy life! Enjoy running!  

25/06/2010 at 18:34
Debs - I have a 12 week HM training schedule aimed at just under 2.5 hour finish.  PM me if you would like a copy.  I am using it for Great North Run and then ticking over for Cardiff Half a few weeks later
26/06/2010 at 00:51

just done a couple of 9 milers this week (rest day between) which left me with slightly sore knees following day so cut the distance on yesterdays run back to 3.5 and will run a couple of easy 5's this weekend. another rest day today.

 not bothered about  time on the day although under 2.5 hours would be nice. 

 running in the summer warmth i assume is good as it should be cooler on the day in october.

 if all goes well back to a couple of 9's next week and a couple of 6's just to mixi it up a little.

26/06/2010 at 23:48
What is the traffic and parking like on the day ?
27/06/2010 at 17:02

Thanks for the help and advice Schmunkee and Spike .

I've got my chuff chart counting down and the rest of the summer to prepare.

27/06/2010 at 17:55

Debs
 No problem,glad to be of use! Keep in touch!

Terry
Parking has been a problem in the past,NCP in particular suddenly put up their rates for the day! Where are travelling from?

27/06/2010 at 23:21

I will coming from Carmarthen way so not far to travel but I don't know Cardiff that well.

So I guess I better leave at a silly time of the morning

28/06/2010 at 13:45
I don't drive I just rely on my wife! Not sure if there are any trains early Sunday?
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