In short: Great little race but has room for improvement In full: I ran this race with my fiancee who was a first time runner looking to break into some smaller races and the Cardiff 10k was the perfect candidate, along with it's support for Kidney Research.
Everything from the race packs to the free tshirts made for a great build up to the race along with the setup on the day. A light friendly atmosphere, with some fantastic hosts in the form of Max Boyce and Real Radios Jagger and Woody.
However after the race kicked off I was found slightly wanting. The security on the day (Safestyle) did not seem to have been briefed on different locations and distances, and more importantly they had no clue on a waterstop, which turned out to be non-existant. For me this was fine as I was not competitively competing, but running to support my fiancee. However for her and the runners at the back of the race who do not really train for larger events, are unfit or in some cases have health issues themselves and are competing purely to raise money for causes such as Kidney research, this water stop is vital.
At the finish we found ourselves having to navigate through a wall of people who should have been ushered away from the finish line, we were not presented with our race pack, but had to go looking for them (at this stage my fiancee was desperate for water) and later found there was no medal in the bags causing me to have to run back to the finish area and search through bags on the floor before on of the volunteers came over 5 minutes later to give me our medals. I can only assume that people finishing sooner had a warmer welcome, but for me, I think those finishing later deserve no less encouragement and praise than those finishing first.
I do feel I have over emphasised on the bad here when it was a great little race which we will definitely be on my annual race calendar. There is room for improvement on the points above but a great little race none the less. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Brilliant Race, but room for improvement In full: Having competed in the Cardiff Half Marathon for 3 consecutive years you could say this is my annual race, and I will be competing in it every year that I am physically able.
This years race was a very good spectacle of the potential for Wales and the Cardiff Half Marathon as a whole. Unfortunately there were certain areas that needed improving. At the finish in previous years you were politely but assertively ushered outside of the barriers, whereas this year it was a free for all. Handing out of medals was as good as usual but race bags were not (one person handing them out seeming rather flustered).
The race was cut short for safety reasons which I agree with and it is silly to say that another section could have just been added on instantly when it takes so much to arrange the one route due to council/government protocols (possible idea for the future is to sort alternate routes).
The event did seem to be aimed more at getting it placed down the bay over the race itself. The actual race, scenery and support were fantastic. Now that the bay has been chosen as the start and finish, I hope the event organisers can get back to the warm feel that previous years have shown.
Excellent race, just look into the finer detail ;) Date of review: October 22, 2010
In short: My first race - Recommended In full: This was my first ever race and I must say it was very enjoyable. I will hopefully be competing every year from now onwards.
Everyone was warm and welcoming and there was a good feel about the day. The weather was fantastic which really does make a change for our weather here in Wales especially in the middle of October. Date of review: October 21, 2008