In short: Really good race. Wish my pack had arrived beforehand and that my body was working better today!! In full: Excellent race overall - they couldn't do anything about my sciatica! but it was a real nice route to run - including the barrage - which is fab. Especially good since it helps you realise you're not going to finish last! - unless I guess you are last! A few of us had packs that didn't arrive, despite registering in early April. It was sorted out though, without fuss on the day. Why weren't they sent out in good time? Other than that, it was a lovely setting - even perfect weather (well maybe take away the headwind!) and a nice (rarely run) distance and atmosphere. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: A great place to run .... especially once you got up the hill!! In full: Really enjoyable day out ... 2 laps of the lake (well almost) and a couple of times up hill and down dale ... scenery up the top of the golf course was fantastic! Marshals excellent. Will definitely do again next year! Date of review: April 11, 2010
In short: Enojyed it!! Very well organised and a different sort of half to run. Worth doing. In full: I did enjoy the race - partly cos my race plans went like clockwork and I got a nice jump in my pb!! The seminar was really useful - and nice to meet some people from the forums at the race too! It might not have been picture postcard scenery, but it was quite a good setup for running in that you could see how far there was left to go and could chart progress in that way. Thanks to all involved for what was an excellent day out. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Worth doing In full: Well I did get a pb, since it was my first 10 mile ... marshals were about the friendliest I've encountered since starting racing 8 months ago - thank you for the smiles and encouragement. Good value, the Mars bar in the goody bag was especially welcome. Route: Started a little bit along from the Upper Boat pub on the Rhydyfelin road - ran for a mile plus to Rhydyfelin then turned right into industrial estate. A bit of uphill to Taff Trail, and gradual climb up that to the 5 mile point near Nantgarw. We climbed around 200 feet in 4.5 miles (most of first mile was flat/gradual downhill). Lost that height gain in around half a mile or so through Nantgarw and then took Taffs Well road for a couple of miles. Passed a chapel with a sign that said something like "Prepare to Meet thy maker" at 7 miles, which brought a wry smile - starting to hurt a bit by now! Back through industrial estate at 8 miles then onto Taff Trail until reached the Treforest Industrial Estate. 3/4 mile from there to finish at Pottery pub. All in all a friendly race, with a nice atmosphere. I found the gradual climbs took it out of me a bit, but was feeling a bit under the weather today. Thank you Pontypridd Roadents for a great morning!! Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: What a fantastic race! 8 miles on a completely flat course is a great distance to run and there was a nice feeling about it. In full: Would love to do this one again next year!!! One of my favourite races (in my limited experience). Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: What's not to like about a time trial/ race on a fast flat course, through pleasant parkland, photos, runners of all abilities and this morning it wasn't even raining! Even better it's free and this morning I smashed my pb!!! Date of review: December 5, 2009
In short: Challenging hills in second half of race ... great scenery In full: Enjoyable race - beautiful area ... downhill or flat for first 4kms ... you pay for that a bit in the next 4 to 4.5kms. 500 metre? steady drag uphill into Guiting Power village ... followed by 1.3? km drag (slightly steeper) out of the village (flattens out a bit inside the village. Nice gradual downhill section followed for 400 metres ... and you could see what was to come ... flattish next section leading to a steepish (1 in 9??) hill that just went on for about a kilometre - sooo good to reach the top. That left a downhill for 300 metres? and back onto the course we started on (mainly flat) for 1.3 kms to the finish. The organisers and marshalls were friendly. A welcome cup of tea at the end. The main drawback with the information was that there was very little about the race and route before we arrived. I hope that doesn't sound negative, since it was a nice race to run. The upward inclines would probably make it hard to set a pb, but it's not an ironman course either! Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: My favourite race to date! In full: Absolutely loved it!!! Took forever to cross the line since loads of runners ahead of me, but once we got going, it was a dream! It was fab running past places I know well being local and as others said, great fun running along the barrage - especially since I could see that I wasn't last by a long chalk!! The water and energy drink stations were just at the right points and marshals were good (Thank you!). The support from the public really helped - especially the inmpromptu jazz band at the 8 mile mark - you raised my spirits anyway! Only gripe really was the quality of the goody bag, versus the cost, but that's not the main point ... which was - there was everything here you'd want in a race ... great flat route, great atmosphere, running past iconic Cardiff landmarks and at least some of the profits going towards a very good cause. Couldn't understand the number of no-shows, though - 11 or 12000 runners entered and only 8800 actually turned up!! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Well organised ... really liked having pacemakers! In full: Really enjoyed - nothing to gripe about at all!!! Well apart from missing finishing inside the hour by 2 seconds!!! (my timing!) ... though that's on me ... I should have run slightly faster!
Having pacemakers is a great idea ... if I could have just hung onto them for the last 3kms, I would have easily beaten my target ...
I'd love to come back and have another go next year!! Date of review: September 27, 2009