In short: complicated route, crowded pinch points, short course In full: Disappointed in this one. Course was twisting and turning all over the place. Though the narrow paths take you through the wetlands and some scenic places, a lot of it is through dull, rough parts. There is a lot of dodging street furniture, up and down curbs, over garage forecourt, through building site land, up down around dual carriageway slip roads, over grass, over stones, lots of cobbled areas too.
There is also dispute about the accuracy of course measurement (short).
On the plus side, parking was easy, the leisure centre was organised brilliantly, even with free showers and free refreshments. Excellent technical shirt and medal. Other give aways too.
Hard work due to the high winds but that of course is not the organisers' fault. I think they worked hard to put this on as best they could. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Good race, shame about the last 2 miles In full: A good race in general but spoilt by the last couple of miles. Difficult to run down gutter of very busy road section. Route then goes onto off road tracks which become narrow and very twisty in the last mile, then onto grass for the finish. So planned pacing for the last part of the race is ruined. Not PB potential because of that.
Great atmosphere in the town for the start, but the line up is chaotic. A congested first couple of miles can also affect the pace. Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Great value well organised race In full: Well organised and clear instructions issued in advance. Decent medal and technical shirts available for sale at cheap price. Plenty of rolls, soup and cake available. Need to arrive early though to get car parked. Toilets just about sufficient though queues did build up.
A good course, with undulations, and much PB potential (I'm from Wales where the hills are genuinely steep). Decent atmosphere though it's much quieter once the 10 milers have gone.
Not much to fault this. An improvement would be a different medal (or same medal but different ribbon) for the 20 mile race.
The date is a little too early in the year for most to be at peak form though. Still, impressive times were run on the day. Date of review: April 3, 2014
In short: positive start to the year ahead In full: Great 5 mile race on flat course, only challenge is the weather and the excesses of Christmas! Good way to start the year. Well organised and marshalled, generous gifts afterwards. Retreat to the nearly club for refreshments and presentations. Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: great race on a challenging undulating course In full: My first marathon. The course is undulating/hilly throughout with some short steeper hill sections. About half the course is rough stony tracks, other half on tarmac. So it's a fair challenge! Fantastic location and great scenery on the majority of it. Exposed around the lake so go prepared if weather is bad. Very well organised, excellent marshals, good local support and friendly fellow runners. I have no regrets at all, but will look for something flatter for by second marathon. Date of review: November 6, 2011
In short: Vibrant city half marathon with PB potential In full: A well organised race on a course with plenty of PB potential. Others have commented on the course being dull on dual carriageway stretch. This is true but because there's 15,000 runners wide roads have to be used. A return to more scenic route (especially if including parks) could accommodate a mere fraction of that. There's a high volume of participants because race organisers want maximum income from charity fundraisers.
Luckily members of local running club, Les Croupiers, helped out this year, ensuring the course was correct length and the event well organised and properly marshalled. Does need more even spread of water stations though.
The course is NOT hilly - there are some undulating sections meaning it is not dead flat but elevations are steady and mostly slight. The definition of hills in Wales is a LOT different than a couple of slip roads! The course is much better than the Bristol Half.
In short: Great race, challenging & hard work! In full: Steep hill climbs for first 6 to 7 miles as you head up into the Brecon Beacons. Roman Road section is difficult as stony, uneven and slippery. Once back on the road it's undulating with a steeper section in the last mile to finish at Cyfartha Castle. Well marked and marshalled, excellent provision of St Johns Ambulance and Mountain Rescue. Welcome tea & sandwiches, mars bar, biscuits provided afterwards.
It's tough but well worth doing. Not one for beginners though. Only downside, no trophy and rubbish cotton t-shirt. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: good especially if you're premium club runner In full: Good course, properly marshalled. Undulating, worst of hills at 7-8 mile mark - nothing serious for the experienced but challenging otherwise. I was disappointed that a block of slower runners went down on the records as 'unknown' (despite times properly recorded on the day) and the organisers ran out of medals. Also drinks stations ran out of water. Sorry but not good enough! Date of review: August 11, 2011
In short: brilliant race In full: Ran this in 2011, excellent event well attended (and hotly contested) by local club runners. Undulating country lane, run out and back. Arrive in good time as you need to walk a mile from Bridgend Leisure Centre to race start point. Welcome pint in club house afterwards, great atmosphere. Date of review: June 24, 2011
In short: good waterfront fast 10k, PB potential In full: Entered this race as it's on our club championships this year. Normally wouldn't travel this distance just for 10K. Well organised, plenty of parking and toilets. Chip timing thankfully. Only downside is yet another cheap cotton t-shirt none of us need or want as the memento. Great scenery but it's exposed so expect strong head winds. Toughest undulation comes at 8k then you run back over it again before you show off your downhill sprint to finish line. There's also half and full marathon on this waterfront. Date of review: June 24, 2011