The A4055 and Penarth Road will be closed to traffic on Easter Saturday

The A4055 at Baron’s Court and Penarth Road will be closed to traffic on Easter Saturday

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.

The runners circumnavigate Cardiff Bay anticlockwise

The 25,000 runners will circumnavigate Cardiff Bay anticlockwise

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.

Traffic heading out of Penarth will have to turn left at Baron's Court Junction towards the Merrie Harrier

Traffic heading out of Penarth along Windsor Road and up Cogan Hill will have to turn left at Baron’s Court Junction towards the Merrie Harrier – Penarth Road will be closed.

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.

Sailors will not be able to lock yachts out of the Marina on Easter Saturday afternoon - the start of the 2016 sailing season

Sailors will not be able to lock yachts out of the Marina on Easter Saturday afternoon – the start of the 2016 sailing season

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 or phone 02921 660790


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  1. Aahjnnot says:

    We can drive on these roads for 364 days in 2016. I’m sure that motorists can manage on the remaining two mornings.

    Instead of grumbling, why not wander down to the marina and enjoy the privilege of Mo Farah running through the streets of our town.

  2. Bill says:

    Everything must grind to a halt for marathon runners. Don’t you know they are very important people, doing very important things?

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    Closing the roads like this is a big risk to our health and safety. Unless we are ill or injured enough to require an emergency ambulance there is a long period where we are unable to access any medical facilities whatsover. I think it absolutely disgusting that sports people and local authorities are allowed to put us in this position.

    • Aahjnnot says:

      I’m not taking part in the race so I have no axe to grind. But don’t you think you’re being a little melodramatic.

      I’m not sure why your need to avoid disturbance for a few hours a year should trump the opportunity for tens of thousands of people to enjoy the highlight of their year.

      Presumably you think that we should also ban the 6 Nations tournament because it inconveniences Riverside residents?

    • Dinky poos says:

      Get a grip Martin, you fool…and what the heck has this got to do with H&S???

    • Burt Reynolds says:

      If you have any queries or concerns about any of the road closures detailed, please email or phone 02921 660790.

      raise concerns there and please relay back to us what they advise you do.

      with regards to “any medical facility” Barry and Llandough hospital wont be affected, furthermore if you actually take the time to really study the provided maps you will realise that you can get anywhere without any real hassle. be it using train, car, bus, legs, bike etc…..

      MAN UP and stop using H&S as an excuse!

  4. Pat says:

    As a participant in the event, I have known about this for at least 6 months, maybe 9. The council have just not communicated it via their channels. I accept the inconvenience it causes, but as an international event (last held in Copenhagen), I would suggest that the council have, as usual, missed the boat for any advertising or benefits that should be being realised. I seem to remember a post last year where it was going to be too much trouble to organise a “Welcome to Penarth” archway. It’s only being televised internationally, so no real loss of opportunity then. As for the road closures – it’s for half a day (ok, 2 this year as this is an extra event) – how about you come and support us? We aren’t important (but thanks for the thought…), but the event is!

  5. Martin gossage says:

    Would be better if they mentioned Penarth in the title .and while I’m at it stop using a picture of the pier in Cardiff tourist ini …it isn’t in Cardiff!!!! As no they don’t say this a nice place to go just outside Cardiff itvs presented to suggest it’s in Cardiff .

  6. Tony says:

    I suppose this marathon is quite a high profile one so we can cope with the inconvenience-however I recall walking through Bute Park/Llandaff fields at week-ends, and on many occasions there were “fun runs” where the participants thought that they “owned” the fields for that morning-I was often pushed out of the way by someone dressed up as a rhino, and once a lady pushing a pram almost pushed me into the river!

  7. sjleworthy says:

    some motorists ignored the bollards last year anyway 😛

    • Burt Reynolds says:

      no surprise there, they tend to ignore yellow line, dropped kerbs, crossings, speed limits, leaving a adequate gap between car in front, leaving a meter gap when passing cyclists all of this 24/7 365 – a few hours on a Saturday…..

    • Colin says:

      All Penarth motorists are very good drivers, one or two might “skip” a cone or two.

  8. AK says:

    Cardiff half marathon will also be on the first Sunday of October, as usual, so don’t let those road closures come as a surprise.

  9. Louise C says:

    Over a 4 day period comprising 2 bank holidays, a Saturday and a Sunday, they cut Penarth off on the Saturday! Who gets to decide these things?
    Thanks for publicising this. No one I’ve spoken to about this so far knew anything about it. A lot of people are going to get caught out by this, so spread the word.

    • AK says:

      The event has been mentioned twice before in PDN, and has been mentioned many times in the local press and online.
      What else do you want?
      Someone knocking at the door with a personal invitation?

  10. Burt Reynolds says:

    Whinge whinge whinge, you’d think people have forgotten that they have legs these days!

    Yes i am aware that there are people who have lost their legs or the use of and have to self propel themselves around 24/7 on pavements that are uneven, across roads that are potholed if they are lucky enough to find a dropped kerb or crossing that hasn’t got a car parked across it. plus haven’t to deal with shops or facilities that have poor access, that have high shelves, boxes and products lining the shop floors making any walkways impassible and I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg for these poor sods.

    and we sit here moaning that for a day you feel trapped because you can’t get into you metal box and drive where you want to go, so you can be aggressive towards other cars and cyclists.

    so why not be grateful for what you have got, get some fresh air, go for a walk, go for a run what ever just don’t bang on about not being able to get anywhere

  11. AK says:

    Sign up now, entries close soon !

  12. HM says:

    As someone who is training hard for this event to raise money for charity to support those less fortunate than myself I am quite surprised by some of these less charitable comments!

    • SYLVIA free says:

      Well said. My family is running and raising money for two well deserving charities. Actually getting off their but ts and and doing something for someone else!!!

  13. richard c says:

    who is going to compensate the charter boats who have business’s to run and who are going to lose money for that day

  14. Ford Prefect says:

    Can’t believe all the whingers in this country. Its a sporting event. Be happy, be healthy. Be glad that one day in the year there will be roads near your house that aren’t spewing forth pollution that (we learn today) is killing 40,000 people ever year!

    • Bobby says:

      These roads you talk about are the ones that will be closed obviously. So what about the roads in the surrounding areas that will be congested by all the traffic trying to go about their daily business and having to find different routes around the road blocks? Its just moving the pollution to a different street, isn’t it?

  15. Micha Roantree says:

    So pleased The Compass Cafe will still be open. See you there 🙂 🙂

  16. Will says:

    I think this is brilliant. Maybe they should flip this round and only open the roads for 2 days a year. Then we can have a bi-annual traffic jam race to Cardiff.

  17. AK says:

    Last call – entries close Monday 29th February!

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