It was the biggest sightseeing tour of the Welsh capital that Cardiff had ever seen, with more than 18,000 runners racing around the city in the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon

 

The race organisers had promised a “bigger and better” event to help celebrate the 10thanniversary of the race and even the weather joined in the festive fun.

The new course, taking in many of the iconic sights of the city, starting outside Cardiff Castle, running over the barrage and through Cardiff Bay, before ending with a loop of Roath Park Lake to finish at the Civic Centre, proved faster than ever and the winner, Kenya’s Andrew Lesuuda took the title in a Welsh all-comers best time of 62 min, 21 sec.

 

In the women’s field Britain Susan Partridge led from the front and held off a competitive challenge from the chasing pack to take the victory and set a new PB in the process.

Behind the elite field there were runners of all shapes and sizes, all ages and many all dressed up for the big occasion.

We had a Thomas the Tank Engine tribute with four runners attached, an inevitable Elvis impersonator, a Jamaican bobsled team and a pink gorilla with an ironing board strapped to its back.

It was one of those great days – world class racing at the front and loads of fun further back.

There was every kind of superhero in the field – Superman, Ironman, Ginger Bread Man and Batman – but without Robin!

Entries are now open for the 2013 half marathon. Register on line at http://www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk

14th October 2012
Cardiff
Wales
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