PENARTH PREPARES FOR TODAY’S EASTER MARATHON LOCK-DOWN

Part of the high-viz yellow-jacketed army which will be marshalling the marathon later today at their 7:00 am morning briefing at Cogan Railway Station

Part of the high-viz yellow-jacketed army which will be marshalling the marathon later today,  attending a 7:00 am pre-race briefing at Cogan Railway Station this morning.

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

The runners circumnavigate Cardiff Bay anticlockwise

The runners circumnavigate Cardiff Bay anticlockwise

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 .

Tesco says it will be "open for business as usual" - but today will be anything but usual.

Tesco says it will be “open for business as usual” – but today will be anything but usual.

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
Thousands of bottles of water are waiting for the competitors at "human filling station" on Penarth Road. The bottles will be thrown away all over the road by competitors as they run

Thousands of bottles of water are waiting for the competitors at a “human filling station” on Penarth Road. The bottles will be thrown away all over the road by competitors as they run

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 cardiff2016@run4wales.org or phone 02921 660790

Steel crowd-barriers and road cones ready to be deployed at the Penarth end of the Barrage

Steel crowd-barriers and road cones ready to be deployed at the Penarth end of the Barrage

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.

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

Sailors will not be able to lock yachts out of the Marina this afternoon – the start of the 2016 sailing 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 .

Pedestrians had no option but to take to the road in Penarth Marina today as race officials parked their cars on pavements

Pedestrians had no option but to take to the road in Penarth Marina today as race officials parked their cars on pavements  (PDN reader photographs)

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.

 

 

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24 Responses to PENARTH PREPARES FOR TODAY’S EASTER MARATHON LOCK-DOWN

  1. Martin Spriggs says:

    Why couldn’t it have been run on the Sunday when everything is closed or is it down to religion again,the minority ruling what the majority want.

    • Louise C says:

      They run the October half marathon on Sunday, so it’s not the Church’s fault. They should have run it on Easter Monday.

      • Martin Spriggs says:

        It’s not the fact that it’s any Sunday it’s Easter Sunday when the church rules that shops have to be closed any other Sunday and they wouldn’t have an objection as I said the minority rules.

  2. Mo Farah's pacesetter says:

    This is a fantastic event to bring to Cardiff and Penarth and as Mo himself says it is like a “mini Olympics”! It is a small inconvenience for four hours out of 365 days. The event is raising millions of pounds for deserving charities and is helping to keep people fit and it won’t harm people to walk to wherever they need to get to today. As for the runners throwing the water bottles all over the road, you should have also said that the excellent volunteer team and Cardiff Council refuse teams do a fantastic job in clearing up the water station in a very short period of time to enable Penarth Road to be opened asap after the runners have gone through. As you would guess I am one of the many people from Penarth who are running today and I am sure we are all thoroughly looking forward to what should be a fantastic event (I also supervised the water station on Penarth Road last year),

    • Martin Coffee says:

      But you should plan it in a manner that doesn’t inconvenience non sport people. I’m either stuck inside or outside your cordon.

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    I encountered a most rude and offensive steward this morning. They also have two cars parked totally blocking the pavement and forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      Was he a bay steward
      Or your average bar steward ?

    • Chris says:

      I’m sure you have too much time on your hands walking round taking pictures of stewards parking. The road was closed and they had every legal right to park there as a traffic order was in place for the event. Get a life and get in to the spirit of the event. The whole bay had 2 letters warning and informing them and I was pleased to see the vast majority embracing this landmark event for Cardiff!

  4. Bill says:

    They’ve got like cyclists, thinking they rule the world.
    Good luck to all of them but what an absolute bore.

  5. whatsoccurin says:

    as I have mentioned before I used to have the same problems walking through Llandaff Fields/Bute Park on a Saturday-normally peaceful and tranquil but when an “event” was on runners and stewards seem to have an arrogant sense of entitlement and that anyone not involved should not be there-as for today’s run at least they could call it “The Cardiff and Penarth half marathon”

  6. AK says:

    Good luck to all the runners!

    Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who will have been out all day yesterday, and up since dawn preparing the course, and will be there long after it is finished to clear up.

    • Lindsay says:

      Dear lord, an event of international significance is taking place on our doorstep and most of you lot can only moan about a few minor inconveniences. I have friends and acquaintances who will be watching on TV in Australia and Canada, seeing Cardiff and Penarth showcased as a venue for a world event. Good luck and congratulations to the thousands of ordinary people (who cares if it’s 17k or 25k?) who will be raising massive amounts for charity. Let’s admire the elite athletes and applaud the hundreds of volunteers who are giving freely of their time to facilitate this event.

      • Mortimer says:

        I wondered how long it would be before you jogged on to give a predictable blast of patronising cheer.

      • Steve says:

        Good grief, ‘an event of international significance’, ‘a world event’….is that Lindsay’s sense of perspective I see running off into the distance?

      • Lindsay says:

        Who am I patronising Morty? The clue is in the title Steve – “World half marathon championships”

      • Peter Church says:

        Lyndsay, you always have to have the last say, don’t you!
        No matter who you are arguing with.

    • Harry says:

      Ar yes, the World Tiddlywinks Championships being another example of a “world event” and an event of “international significance”.

      • Simon says:

        Don’t forget the World Bog Snorkelling Championships.

      • Lindsay says:

        You three by any chance related? Probably, but I have no idea where this year’s tiddlywinks event is being held. Wherever, I guess they would have preferred the world half marathon championships with international TV coverage.

  7. Derek says:

    Looking on the bright side, it’s good news for Penarth town centre – the place is rammed with shoppers.

  8. I cannot understand the necessity of having this event on a Saturday. It will affect most of the retail businesses in both Penarth and Cardiff adversely . The loss of revenue will be considerable, with all the attendant knock on effects.
    Who gave permission for such a debacle? Someone who is not in business I feel sure.
    ps. is there no other way of dispensing water? The use of all that plastic is very injurious to the planet…….time for a re-think.

  9. AK says:

    By the time the next race comes along, the plastic bottles will have been recycled into event t-shirts.

    I had no trouble getting out of Penarth to work at the other side of Cardiff during the closure ;it’s called TRAIN and BUS. The train is much faster than a car to the centre of Cardiff anyway, and no queue for a car park.

    It is on a Saturday because it is on TV

  10. Peter Church says:

    Complete waste of money and disruptive to so many. The “world” bit of the half marathon is a bit like boxing’s “world” titles, two a penny.
    I wonder how much money changed hand from organisers to police and council for this shenanigans on one a bank holiday weekend.

  11. Alan Leen says:

    Sigh

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