Race-officials and marshalls have been getting briefed this morning before setting up the cones, barriers and roadblocks which will which will almost cut Penarth off from the rest of the country later today.
The event is the so-called “IAAF/ Cardiff University World Half-Marathon Championships” which is expected to have a field of no fewer than 17,000 runners pounding their way through Penarth Marina. Organisers had originally estimated 25,000 competitors would take part – but the number of participants is now substantially lower
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 at 12:30 and won’t re-open until after 16:00 .
Trains are operating normally until after the marathon event is over.
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 .
The Tesco supermarket at Penarth Marina is resolutely staying open – but it’ll be impossible to reach by car or bus once the roads are closed .Anyone planning to do their customary Saturday shop at Tesco may need to plan how they’re going to get there – and get back home.
The race also isolates Penarth’s one-and-only petrol and diesel filling station
RACE TIMINGS AND LOCATIONS
Those venturing down to the Marina or Cogan Hill to see the runners need to get into position early . The professional runners are very fast and will have left the bulk of the field far behind them by the time they reach Penarth.
- Mile 2 to 3 :Penarth Road is closed from 12.30 until 16:00 .
Runners expected from 13.45.
- Mile 3 to 4: Penarth Way and Terra Nova Way, closed between 12.30 and 16:00
Runners expected around 13.55
- Mile 4 to 5: Penarth Portway to Cardiff Bay Barrage
It is being stressed that the event is not being organised by the Vale Council – although some Vale personnel are involved in marshalling the event. Anyone with “queries or concerns” about road closures is being asked to email the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02921 660790
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 over the Barrage Locks to Cardiff and only vessels which don’t require the road-bridges to be lifted will be able to enter or leave the locks .
Although there will be no access for most cars and buses to the Marina this afternoon it appears as though these restrictions do not apply to the race organisers and neither does the Highway Code.