Yes Cardiff is the only parkrun in Wales, we started in February 2008 and I thought there would have been some more by now. There have been a few enquiries from the Swansea area but nothing has happened, there was also a tentative approach from North Wales but again nothing.
If you can get it up and running it is a great event, from Cardiff's point of view, the 2 Clubs that have really got behind the event have seen their membership increase as a direct result. We started of with 56 back in Feb 08, then on our 1st Anniversary we broke the hundred, we now regularly have over 200 with our biggest number being 258.
Just to let you know that this morning I measured the actual course that we ran last week (I am a qualified Course Measurer). I tried to measure as close to the racing line that we had last week, but there were a few parked cars this morning.
The course came out as 12.89 miles, which makes it 338m short, there would have been thousands of people who actually ran shorter than that from all the corner cutting that was going on, and from what I saw on TV there was lots of course cutting going on in the park as well.
I am not saying that you are talking out of your arse, I am just saying that you should know better than to question a hard earned PB, legitimately run, with lots of time, energy, dedication and soul invested into it.
I too would love for everyone to be able to use their Cardiff half time for championship, you should know that the reality is London will not sit and do guesstimates about people's times and there is no reason why they should either. It is up to Cardiff organizers to GET A CLUE and take the event and people's time and money seriously. What is the most important aspect of a race? DISTANCE, if you cannot even get the distance right, everything else counts for nothing... and considering that this is not the first time they are organizing the event, and that as you say, it is not rocket science, they should have learned how to do it by now.