Ran Cardiff yesterday(1:57:42) and enjoyed it, tho the hills were a bit of a surprise!
Anybody know how many runners they had? I keep reading that there were 18,000 (and that's what they announced at the start) but the results spreadsheet only has 13,770 including the DNFs. There can't have been 4,000 no shows surely?
Wordslinger, I was suprised by that as well, very strange !
I want the gossip on the DQ as well ! !
Jon g 5, did you get my message?
What DQ? What am I missing?
Lady WJ - the very last entry in the results spreadsheet was listed as a DQ. Wonder if they took the short cut across Roath Park!
Ooh, naughty person. Paris Marathon is the best for runners being disqualified, they name and shame them.
Wordslinger - I asked a similar question on a previous half marathon with a large number of participants and apparently a quarter or anything up to a third of no shows is quite normal!? Can't imagine what it'd have been like if 18,000 odd had actually turned up as it was crowded enough as it was.
As for my race. Started out aiming for under 2 hours and looking to just 'enjoy' it, but some quick calculations at mile 7 suggested with a ridiculously good last 6.1 miles, I could beat my PB. In the end, I came up just short (34 seconds to be exact) with a time of 1:49:48. Very pleased with that and much better than I expected going into it. An improvement of nearly 14 minutes when compared to just a year before, and 20 minutes compared to my first half marathon in 2010.
Thanks, Legend777 - and congrats on a great time as well. I'm envious of your progress, h/m-wise. I managed to knock 4 mins off my PB, but there wasn't a huge amount left in the tank. I'm hoping I can get below 1:55 next year (next h/m is Llanelli, 3 March).
Breaking News: DQ no longer on the offical list!
I thought it'd be funny to see if they were caught by the offical snapper furtively getting on a bus or something
I'm doing Llanelli too - it'll be a concerted effort to finally go under 1:40, (PB is 1:41) however its a new course so who knows
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