A little surprised that there is no demarcation between 1-45 runners and say 2-00 runners but everyone will run their own race over 13.1 miles so it will probably balance out o.k. Also whats with the timing chips being on the back of the running No's is this the norm now as i have only completed one 10k race in the last year (with the old velcro fastened chips around the ankle) owing to a serious injury. My wife is taking part in her first half and will be happy with a sub 2-30 while my last half two years ago was 1-46 but i guess we will be starting in the same pen.
Both my wife and i are doing the half this year, her first ever and my first for two years, as i tore a muscle training for last years event.I have done three previous Cardiff halfs and I think the new route will facilitate the extra number of runners taking part. It,s allways going to be a compromise between scenic and congested but hopefully our local, as we live in Cardiff- Bay will still be a great race as previous years. Good luck to all taking part.
Annadav I see on fetch that most of your times are really similar to mine ( I use the screename Pullo).Cardiff only two minutes difference, and I wondered if you have been training outdoors much since Cardiff - half? I have to admit that I have done all training since Cardiff on a treadmill cold dark nights etc. But I have started putting in more miles .How are you training? All the best Pullo
Annadav I think that's a really great ambition, and just think how much experience we'll have at that next age category. I think as most have already advised the best plan is not to have too rigid a time in mind(it would be sad to be disappointed with a certain time, and spoil what is going to be a great achievment just to complete a full mara) so keep training and you might pleasantly surprise yourself.
Another first time marothoner done a few 10 ks and halfs ,but got a bit carried away with a 1-46 Cardiff half time and am now having second thoughts. Also wish I was running first full mara after July when I will be in a different age categry (55).Still good luck to all especially all other first timers.