The Lloyds Bank Cardiff Half Marathon is a whopping great big autumn race with over 18,000 runners pounding the streets of the Welsh capital. The elite share the course with charity fun runners who raise millions of pounds for a number of worthwhile causes every year.
It is a predominately flat and fast course which starts outside Cardiff Castle. The route heads towards Cardiff City Stadium before participants enjoy the glorious Penarth Marina before crossing the barrage and heading to Cardiff Bay. Runners run right through the heart of the bay taking in the Norwegian Church and Wales Millennium Centre. The course then heads towards the north of the city and runners will complete a loop of the beautiful Roath Park Lake before the grandstand finish in the heart o the city at the Civic Centre.
Fantastic course, I loved how spectators came out to support us running and even hand out food for energy and water for hydration, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, there were stunning views of penarth and running through the bay, Roath lake was lovely to run past too, only let down was the hill at the 12 mile mark, other than that it was brilliant.