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Entered at last.
I hope the snags and snarls from last year are sorted!
Last year it seemed that some lessons had been learned from previous years.There was still the issue of too few toilets, unmarshalled starting pens which therefore allowed some runners who had no realistic hope of acheiving the indicated time to enter.
I think Cardiff has come on in leaps and bounds and has the potential to be one of the great Halfs, maybe things would be better if it did become part of the "Great Run" series? A big city needs big promotion!
There was a Great Wales Run 10k a couple of years ago, but I understand (may be wrong) that the council would not help fund it.
I think the Half is a brilliantly organised race and am doing it this year too. Every race has it's good points and bad points. Not sure we need to mess with a winning formula.
There was Great Welsh 5K Run back in 1993 or 94 (sponsored by BUPA) which Paul Evans won.BUPA also sponsored the Cardiff Bay 5K a coiple of years ago but the entry fee of £20 put a few(!) off.
I do think the Half is better now than it was but it does need to be better promoted.Highlights at 2 o'clock in the morning on S4C a month after the event really isn't very good!There must be somebody out there who can do it?
Cardiff will be my first H.M.
I'm really apprehensive about it but excited at the same time, crazy emotions!
I've set a realistic goal, I just want to get round without resorting to a walk ! I'm upto 7.5/8 miles on a long slow run (it's not a cool look for me but I can do it) and I try to fit in a 3 mile and 4/5 mile run in the week. I've done a few 5K and 10K events so I'm guessing it'll be like that but longer.
I don't know Cardiff at all so one quick newbie question. Does flat course really mean flat?
Only joking Debs!
As you already have a few races of 10K under your belt, a "Half" like Cardiff should be a good introduction to the longer distance.If you can try and get a long run in once a week,10 miles if possible,and 2 or 3 runs of up to 5 or 6 miles you should be fairly comfortable for the big day.
The main thing is to train sensibly,set yourself a realistic time,go out,do it and,more importantly,enjoy it!
Enjoy life! Enjoy running!
just done a couple of 9 milers this week (rest day between) which left me with slightly sore knees following day so cut the distance on yesterdays run back to 3.5 and will run a couple of easy 5's this weekend. another rest day today.
not bothered about time on the day although under 2.5 hours would be nice.
running in the summer warmth i assume is good as it should be cooler on the day in october.
if all goes well back to a couple of 9's next week and a couple of 6's just to mixi it up a little.
Thanks for the help and advice Schmunkee and Spike .
I've got my chuff chart counting down and the rest of the summer to prepare.
Debs No problem,glad to be of use! Keep in touch!
TerryParking has been a problem in the past,NCP in particular suddenly put up their rates for the day! Where are travelling from?
I will coming from Carmarthen way so not far to travel but I don't know Cardiff that well.
So I guess I better leave at a silly time of the morning
Debs Red wrote (see)
I feel like a bit of a fraud now having completed the Swanage half at the weekend in 2:20. The plan is Cardiff will be my second HM with maybe a better finishing time.
Yeah, knew that re car reg to reception, but still handy to know things may not go according to plan. Thanks for the warning!
I'm after a place for the half marathon which is now full so if anyone would like to sell me their place, could you please let me know? Completely my own fault for procrastinating about whether to enter for far too long....
There is still a chance you can get.Contact the organisers,there is a reserve list that you can put your name on should anyone pull out.
Be aware that buying someone else's place is not advisable.It can lead to mix up's with medical details and problems.You can also face a ban from this and future events.
Sorry to be a doom merchant but it has happened in the past.Just be careful!!