APRIL 2017 FULL MARATHON RACE IN PROSPECT FOR PENARTH

Cardiff Half Marathon runners in Penarth Marina yesterday. The Penarth stage of a full marathon could be extended.

Cardiff Half Marathon runners in Penarth Marina yesterday. The Penarth stage of a full marathon could be extended.

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.

If Penarth Esplanade was included in the route of the full marathon runners would have to tackl;e the inclines at either end

If Penarth Esplanade was included in the route of the new full marathon the competitors  would have to tackle the inclines of Beach Road and Cliff Hill (NN Photo)

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 .

The blue line traces the route of the Beech tv relay aircraft whicoh circuled constantly over Penarth yesterday

The blue line traces the route of the Beech tv relay aircraft which circled constantly over Penarth yesterday

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 .

Live pictures were relayed from a cameraman riding pilling (backwards) on a TV Motos motor cycle - up to an aircraft circling overhead

Live pictures were relayed from a cameraman riding pillion (backwards) on a TV Motos motor cycle – and radioed up to an aircraft circling overhead

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.

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5 Responses to APRIL 2017 FULL MARATHON RACE IN PROSPECT FOR PENARTH

  1. whatsoccurin says:

    Nice one PDN-the undisclosed route for the marathon will be “twice as long as yesterday’s half marathon”-never!-the city and Penarth looked brilliant in the excellent weather yesterday so it will be a fine venue for a marathon-I do recall marathons taking place in the early 80’s when runners did a route including Penarth Road (long before Cardiff and Penarth’s developments-as commentator Tanni Gray- Thompson said, she was raised in Cardiff and the comparison between then and now is breathtaking.)

  2. AK says:

    Great news.

    I’ll be there

  3. Christopher David says:

    Blow me down by a hot aired blogger. A full marathon is twice as long as a half marathon. I’ve also learned that you can see more of the race on the TV than standing on the pavement. One lives and learns eh! 😉

  4. Mgg says:

    Twice the road closures still no recognition . Imagine if they closed the road and Tescos couldn’t put out their cones in a public, note public parking space.

  5. Peter Church says:

    A certain Penarth Councillor might suggest this route:🙂

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