In short: Broke my PB after 5 years (despite the mile markers) so whoopee!! In full: Flat course, friendly and good organisation , except for the mile markers, so well done. Weather a lot better than the expected gales. From the mile markers, I thought I was very slow until mile 12, when I found I was in line for a PB and took off to the end. Great day. I'll be back. Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Organisation not brilliant, but I want to do it again In full: Quirky atmosphere, due to the wave start, and then unimpressive end - no banner saying finish!, but it was a lovely course, so I was left with the feeling that I really want to do it again, when the organisation is better, and my legs don't give up after 8 miles, which was what happened this time. More marshalls on the course, guarding mile markers maybe, sort out the tunnel lights and a better finish, which given it ends in the heart of a vibrant city has much potential. Thanks to Andy and for all the hard work put in by everyone. I'm sure the difficulties were caused by the organisation simply not being able to keep up with the increase in numbers. This could be a great race in the future. Shame out the dust from the demolition work across the canal - did anyone else end up looking like a miner after a day in the pits? Date of review: July 6, 2008
In short: Well done Chris and Claire for organising a lovely canalside run In full: A few niggles in the organisation which have been covered in the previous reviews. But all in all, it was great. Beautiful autumn weather and scenery. Small numbers, so nice relaxed atmosphere. Shame all the locks were 'up' not 'down', so let's go down next year! Just need to work out why I took longer than I hoped. Date of review: November 16, 2007
In short: Fast race, great weather, so-so organisation. I'd do it again ... and maybe again In full: Everything went well for me, a pb and a smooth trouble-free race. The barrage and the park were particularly nice. It was a shame that the organisation at the stadium was so bad. Some family members were let into the lower part of the stadium to begin with, which made it the more frustrating for the rest. Given the choice, insecure storage and families at ground floor level would have been best. They could have used tickets to restrict access to runners and family/friends any way.
Having ranted about a relatively small detail, I really enjoyed the day. It was great! I'm looking at next year's marathons and find it hard to find another elsewhere that will clearly be better than Cardiff. Date of review: October 12, 2005