Following yesterday’s Cardiff Half Marathon – which closed Penarth Road, Cogan Hill and Penarth Marina to traffic – it’s now proposed to hold a full marathon in April next year
The new race would take place on roads in both Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan (probably including Penarth) but would be over an – as yet -undisclosed route which would be twice as long as yesterday’s half-marathon.
Matt Newman, chief executive of organisers Run 4 Wales, said that full details of the new Cardiff Full Marathon event will be announced within the “next two weeks”. The race will take place in April 2017 – ahead of the London Marathon .
In the meantime it’s been disclosed that yesterday’s live TV OB pictures – which were gathered from a from a large number of static and mobile camera units around the course were relayed back to the broadcasters via a fixed wing aircraft, constantly circling over Penarth and Cardiff .
The aircraft flew a tight pattern over Penarth, picking up live pictures of the runners which were relayed to it from motorcycle-borne cameras which kept station immediately in front of the leading competitors.
Some spectators complained however that the motorcycles preceding the runners impeded their view of the leaders and that they could have seen more by staying at home to watch the race on tv.