In short: A nice race but could do with starting earlier - way too hot! In full: Appreciably the organisers can't control the weather(!) but a 10am start (or even slightly earlier) could have made the race much more enjoyable in my opinion. I just about took in the very pleasant route (while struggling under a strong midday sun!) and the marshalls were all excellent.
The good quality sports bag was a fantastic race memento, so much more useful than a medal.
I'd definitely do this one again next year if it had an earlier start. Date of review: August 5, 2007
In short: Inaugural event - delivered that 'special' atmosphere In full: Was so glad I entered the first running of this new Great Run event. The atmosphere was very uplifting, slickly organised as I've come to expect of Great Runs anyway and Cardiff is a terrific location. I felt we had wonderful local support (oddly, was more conscious of that than of the marshalls on this one, though I'm sure they were as good too!). Overall, a fun, carnival atmosphere - probably helped along by some great fancy dress too ... in particular the guy dressed as Pamela Anderson! Date of review: July 31, 2007
In short: Overall, good as always In full: Third year running (groan!) for me and enjoyed it as ever. We were lucky with the weather, atmosphere and support was excellent and marshalls were great as always. Agree with the comment about the goodie bag being a bit pants though. I got an Aldi bag (not even an NSPCC one!). Ingredients were a banana, a Fitnesse bar and a pen. Race itself (more important element I know!) was enjoyable and we were so lucky with the weather today (given all the rain recently). Would be nice for a race this size to have chip timing though.
Will do this one again next year. Date of review: July 22, 2007
In short: Fun, flat, fast and FAB 5k! In full: Really enjoyed it and will definitely make it an annual fixture in my running calendar from now on! Very friendly and cheerful marshalls, quality medal, fantastic atmsophere, flat and pleasant route ... what more could you ask for in a 5k! Date of review: June 23, 2007
In short: Unique Event In full: Thoroughly enjoyable race and with wonderful weather today (though maybe a bit better for spectators than runners ... bit warm!). Loved the uniqueness of running past a rhino and then getting to view the animals at a more 'sedate' pace straight after the run! The sponges at the water station were wholly appreciated today too! I thought this race was excellent value and made for a great day out. I'm definitely doing this one again next year! Date of review: June 3, 2007
In short: Long, never-ending hill for half the route race but lovely scenery to make up for it In full: Glad it was only 5k! Great downhill start then just climbed up and up and up... for most of the run! Hats off to the organisers and the wonderful marshalls for making it such a friendly, enjoyable race though. Possibly the strong winds made the hill seem harder than it might otherwise have felt. Good value race and may well do it again next year. Date of review: May 19, 2007
In short: Great run! In full: Loved it! Terrific atmosphere and well organised as Great Runs always seem to be. Strong headwind when tackling the toughest hill made it challenging but felt very proud that we didn't walk it once when so many others we passed did (though it did feel like we were running on the spot at times!). Goody bag was essentially just a t-shirt and a wafer but it wasn't high on my list of reasons for entering the race anyway and the quality medal made up for it. Saw only 3 x km markers - due to the high winds I believe. Race marshalls were brilliant ... so cheerful and encouraging.
It's an excellent race to build a weekend away with friends around and we really enjoyed ourselves. We'll be back next year! Date of review: May 8, 2007
In short: Nice, well-organised race with a good atmosphere In full: Such a flat course = good PB potential. Weather couldn't have been more ideal - Easter is a great time to put a race on and it had a nice, friendly family atmosphere with an Easter Egg hunt for the little ones included. Also one of the best organised races I've come across which is quite impressive for being only its 2nd year. Announcer and marshalls were also excellent. Enjoyable race. Date of review: April 7, 2007