Cardiff Half Marathon 2013

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18/09/2013 at 17:35

So it looks as though this year will be the biggest yet with 19,000 entrants!

This will be my first year running the race and my first big city half marathon. Looking forward to the atmosphere and buzz on race day. This is 2 weeks before my first marathon (Abingdon), so no PB for me, doubt that would be possible really with the amount of runners!

Who else is running and has anyone run it before?

18/09/2013 at 22:38

Yes I'm running it, first time for me (well, my first half marathon even).

Really looking forward to it now. I'm also doing the Swansea Bay 10k this Sunday too.

Good luck to you and to everyone else entering!

18/09/2013 at 23:34

That's a coincidence - I'm doing Cardiff and Abingdon like you, Jamie.  With 19000 runners it is going to be very busy.if it's the same route as 2012 then the roads will take it but there is a narrow stretch between miles 5 and 6.  Not done the half in Cardiff before but ran the marathon the five times they had one.

Would suggest having accommodation in the city the night before and walking to the start.


19/09/2013 at 07:36

I'm hoping that not all 19,000 runners turn up; big events normally see a large number of no-shows on the day for one reason or another.

Did they do a wave release last year or was it pretty much a free for all at the start line?

19/09/2013 at 08:31
Free for all at the start, organisation is terrible. Have done it 4 time and its got worse every time, wont do it again. Plenty better for less money.
19/09/2013 at 09:21

Good luck at Abingdon then T Rex.

I think they are assingning people to waves this year as we had to enter our expected finish time when entering.

19/09/2013 at 09:35

I did one of the older routes in 2011 and I recall signs for each pace, but nothing to separate the the different groups. I was hoping it had changed for the better but oh well.

Another reason why I suspect they may not go for waves is because the roads are all due to reopen by 12pm. Waves would add further delay to this.

19/09/2013 at 14:10

Just got my race pack this morning.  Green pen this year so hopefully that should get rid of some of the congestion issues from last year - the biggest crowd will be in yellow.

19/09/2013 at 14:23

I'm running this one too. The biggest event I've participated in. I studied in Cardiff and I'm looking forward to running around a city I've grown fond of.

Regardless of the start pen situation I will enjoy it and I'm sure I'll get through the early congestion without stressing about it!

19/09/2013 at 16:24

Hopefully my race pack has arrived as well then and fingers crossed I'm not in the yellow wave. Why is that the biggest yer_maj?

I done the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10k in Cardiff last year and the route around the bay was really nice, so looking forward to going further around the city. I'm the same as you mattywarr, I'm just going to enjoy it and not stress about it too much.

Good luck everyone!

19/09/2013 at 16:37

Jamie, it's the pen for all those whose target time was 2 hours plus.  The pen you're in depends on the estimated time you put down when you entered the race.  I'm aiming for 1:55 so I'm in green.

19/09/2013 at 17:07

My number arrived today too. Yellow for me, so fits in to what has been said above!

19/09/2013 at 17:14

It's going to be my first half marathon, pretty excited! Hopefully my race pack will be at home when I get there, I can't remember what I said my time would be. Going for 1:50, but from what you guys have said that may depend on what pen I am in.

Did the Cardiff 10k a couple of weeks ago which was really good fun. My first race and was pleased with how I did.

seren nos    pirate
19/09/2013 at 17:27

another doing cardiff and abingdon but not racing either as haven't got over 5 miles recently

19/09/2013 at 20:14

Received my race pack and I'm fuming that they've put me in the green wave. Called the office up and by their own admission, the waves are:

White - Sub-1:30

Orange - Sub-1:45

Green - Sub-2:10

Yellow - Sub-2:20

I'm a sub-1:33 runner so something has gone horribly wrong. Whilst the start lines may be a free for all, I'd still like to have the right colour bib to begin with in case some jobsworth stops me from going up a wave.

Sods law, they'll give me a new bib which won't register as me when I cross the start and finish lines...


seren nos    pirate
19/09/2013 at 20:30

thought they said no going up a wave whatever

what colour do you get if you are slower than 2:20

19/09/2013 at 20:36

Sorry, what I meant to write was yellow was for anybody that finishes after 2:10 but had a brain fart moment.

I'd contacted their office and they said they would see what they could do to change my bib colour, though highlighting that they were "very busy at the moment". They wouldn't be so busy if their systems got things right the first time!

19/09/2013 at 22:07

Looks like they did what they said on Facebook and posted them on Monday as I had mine today!

Green 10123 - I like that number it reeks of PB potential!

'A'  Target: Sub 1h57
'B' Target: Sub 2h00
'C' Target: Sub 2h06m41s (PB)

Anything longer than that and I'm throwing myself off the barrage!

19/09/2013 at 22:12

Speaking of bib colours, I'm now in a dilemma. I'm happy to be in the green Pen, but my training partner is more than likely going to be yellow. I think she'll be faster than 2h10 but think she put 2h20 as her target.

So I either need to be nice, drop back a pen and put up with congestion and weaving round faster runners and risk missing out on my own personal targets...

... Or I be a total bastard and leave her to run on her own for the first few miles (We have agreed we'd run at the same pace for the first couple to check I don't go ut to fast)

Anyone have any ideas how to handle the situation??

19/09/2013 at 23:04

If it were me, I'd go off on my own after the initial mile or two. Your expected finish times are at least 15 minutes apart and you don't want to hold yourself back if you're feeling good.

Just say you're really game for a big PB and want to take the opportunity whilst it presents itself. Most folks only get to run a half marathon 2 - 3 times a year.

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