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Ratzer - Panic is about parking...have driven into Cardiff several times. No time at weekend for practice I'm afraid..three very busy children to taxi from football, rugby, dancing, swimming....etc...I'll come in from M4 jn 32, onto A470 I imagine...along North Rd?
NSF - thanks.. I might just do that!
Fried RICE, have you got confirmation you can reach all those Car Parks with the road closures on the day? I'd expect Castle Mews and Sophia Gardens to be difficult to reach, but maybe not impossible if early enough. If so, they would be useful for MWW.
MWW, possible alternates, Tesco Extra at Llandaff and taxi/long walk, or down onto Park Place and cross your fingers? Can't think of much public parking that side of the start, sorry...
Lots of car parking options in the program. I am staying in travel lodge the night before.
Couldnt believe it when it said 9am start
Training has been rubbish!
Crap! Yes, you're right - ignore that link people. It'll only confuse you. It seems like the whole of the town centre will be closed.
Just follow the list in the booklet, on page 11. Feel free to ignore me. Sorry.
To free up a space for all of you out-of-towners, I might just get the bus in
Means I can go for a few scoops once I've finished lol
There are indeed buses from where I live at that time of the morning, I am quite local.
I'm only about 5 miles out if I ran the most direct route, so could probably even run to the start as a warm-up
oh stop showing off
i cannot believe that there is no public transport in - or even a mass 'park here and we'll bus you in' effort... and it doesn't help that it's a 9am start. any later, and i could have persuaded hubby to drop me in, but with a baby and a 3-yr old in tow, they can't really wait until they get back home before they have breakfast, and if i wait until they are both fed and watered, it'll be way too late to get into cardiff!
See my earlier comments about transport.
I really don't understand the worries about parking etc
There will be some 10-11,000 runners, many with supporters etc. However, the City frequently manages much larger other events (including sports), some with in excess of 70,000 attendees. Granted, many of those would use public transport, but I've no doubt that the City can cope.
Caramel - the centre of the city is a nightmare at the moment anyway, race or no-race.
The areas that are shut for the race, around the Civic Areas are usually closed on International days as well as they're reserved for coaches so I don't think things are any worse for this race at all ie much fewer car park spaces. There was sufficient parking when the Millenium hosted all the FA Cup Finals (and others) with two teams and sets of fans mostly from England, so if the Engerlish can find their way in so can anyone
My suggestion, as before, would be for you to drive into Cardiff all the way down Newport Rd and park on the Parade. I think it's about £3 for 10 hours, and it's only about 10-15 mins walk from the Start.
yes, that's what i was planning to do, daz. the other problem is the time of the race as well. because it's so early, it's hard to leave enough time for all the faffing around trying to find somewhere to park which i would normally do on a race day. i will be in sooooo much trouble if i wake the little'uns too early on the sunday morning when i get up to leave, as hubby will have them both all morning till i get back. and as soon as i get back (literally), i will have to turn around and drive back to cardiff (radyr) for my baby's swimming lesson. sigh...
oy and enough about the engerlish. i'm one of them, don't you know - although have now lived in wales for ... too long (8 years - omg!)
I suppose the early start is an issue, slightly later would have made public transport a more viable option. I prefer early starts myself, but am aware that they can cause problems.
Good luck to the English runners too lol
So let me get this right I have to pay to get back into Engerland
What a jeffing liability
yes, a start at 11 or so would have made the train possible, which is how i would normally get into cardiff for any sort of event at all.
dean - no you have to pay to get into wales, if you are talking about the bridge tolls. they let you back out for free!
Yep - it's called the Welsh Tax lol.
Anyone can get into Engerland for free, just look at Sangatte!
As an Engerlishman who has had the misfortune to live in this god forsaken nation of Wails for 19 miserable years it's time to call a halt to all this sniping. Isn't it? Look ewe?
I just hope that everybody who is having difficulty gettingn here on Sunday can make it and really enjoy the day (or the early morning anyway!). Just think you can finish the race before 11 o'clock and be at Barry Island for dinner!
I am not coming now
About paying to get into Wales
I was joking, 5 days to go everybody looking forward to it
I feel your pain Steve, In the same boat, rough as since Friday, Ran last wednesday but not successfully loads of niggling pains lately.
Will wing it on the day, But my thoughts of going under 2 hours are not going to happen
Pebbles purchased my spare number...I didn't say I wouldn't be there! Must admit the parking chat puts me off and the long drive after. Planning on doing a 10miler tonight and Thursday before deciding to come or not.
Still need to sort some accom...premium garage space.
Good luck to all.