It’s emerged that Penarth Road, the bridge over the River Ely and the Westernmost section of Windsor Road from the Baron’s Court junction to the Cogan roundabout will be closed to traffic on Easter Saturday March 26th.
This is to allow the staging of yet another running marathon through Penarth Marina. This one is the so-called “IAAF/ Cardiff University Word Half-Marathon Championships” as is expected to involved 25,000 competitors.
All previous marathons which have blocked local roads have been held on Sunday mornings in October – but this one, being held on an Easter Saturday, is likely to cause far greater disruption and inconvenience .
Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Vale of Glamorgan Council ‘cabinet’ member for regeneration has said the event will involve “significant road closures between Penarth and Cardiff” and the Vale Council is working with Cardiff Council on traffic management, signage , and planning.
Anyone planning to do their customary Saturday shopping at the Tesco supermarket in Penarth Marina that afternoon may need to make alternative arrangements. Penarth Road and Cogan Hill (from the Cogan roudnabout to the Baron’s Court Junction) will be closed at 12:30 and won’t re-open until 16:00.
Many of Penarth and Cardiff Bay’s 4,000 boat users will also find they won’t be able to lock out of the Bay into the Bristol Channel for much of the afternoon on what is normally regarded as the first day of the sailing and boating season. That’s because the runners will be routed through Penarth Marina and over the Barrage Locks to Cardiff and only vessels which don’t require the roadbridges to be lifted will be able to enter or leave the locks .
It is being stressed that the event is not being organised by the Vale Council. Anyone with “queries or concerns” about road closures is being asked to email the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02921 660790