Enjoyable race although a bit gutted to miss out on PB which seemed on until 10 miles but slipped away around the Roath park section. Ended up finishing in 1:40:21 which is 2 minutes slower than PB. I found the congestion quite bad and seemed to be running around people the whole way. Maybe should have started a bit further forward but I think wherever you start you'll have people in front who should clearly be starting way behind and vice-versa.
My running app (which is normally quite accurate) measured my run at 13.56! Bit gutted about that as clearly would have got PB had I been able to run closer to racing line which was impossible. Never mind - there's always smaller races for PB's.
This is my 4th consecutive Cardiff Half. I'm in Orange pen and looking for a sub 1:40 time.
In terms of numbers, I'm sure I read somewhere and have noticed myself that normally only about two-thirds of entrants actually turn up so probably looking at around 12,000-13,000 runners. The roads at the start are very wide, but still a bit of congestion last year although I think it improved on previous years when they didn't have the coloured waves and people just started wherever they felt like.
Cardiff City Stadium good option for parking - I think I seen on the website they are only charging £2 to park there which is a lot cheaper than anything you'll get nearer.
Today is day 4 for me. Aching all over which I'm taking as a good sign that I'm working muscles I don't normally. However, I'm still wondering if this is a good idea with the races I mentioned before coming up including a 5 miler, 3 x 10K, and 2 x Half Marathons all the space of 6 weeks.
Also, slightly concerned that no one seems to be answering whether the program does help with race times or not? I'm going to continue until my first 10K (a week Sunday) meaning I'll have done 2 weeks worth, and see how the race goes. If I struggle, then I think I'll have to postpone trying to complete the whole program until after these races are over.
Edit: just found this schedule http://www.aboutinsanity.com/after-insanity-workout-running/ for doing Insanity and Running - seems to suggest it is possible and has 5K / 10K races included on Sunday's after 6 continuous days of Insanity workouts and a bit of running training. However, it does suggest no insanity workouts in the week leading up to a Half Marathon.
Thanks for the replies. I think entering the ballot and being fully paid up for at least 6 months should be an absolute minimum. Also agree with not being eligible for club ballot if you got a place through it the previous year. Will have to put it on the agenda for our next club meeting so we have something in writing and everyone's aware what they need to do in order to be in the running next year. As for this year, hopefully they'll be sensible and still go with the minimum requirements I mentioned - admittedly saying this selfishly as it gives me a really good chance!