Plans to hold a full-length 26-mile-long marathon road race in Cardiff – and potentially in Penarth – in April next year have been scrapped.
The race would have been twice the length of the familiar half-marathon held earlier this month but would take more than twice as long to run in terms of duration.
The regular annual October half-marathon involves a Sunday closure of Penarth Road, Cogan Hill , the Cogan Spur, Dock Hill , Terra Nova Way and Penarth Portway and causes substantial disruption to traffic.
Like the half-marathon, the proposed 2017 full-marathon was seen primarily as event to boost the image of Cardiff – not Penarth. It has been been cancelled because of “concerns over road closures ” but the organisers the “Great Run Company ” and “Run 4 Wales ” are hoping to hold such an event in 2018
Instead of the 2017 event, the organisers will now hold what’s described as a “stepping-stone” event in Cardiff Bay on April 2 next year which – at present – does not appear to involve Penarth.
Cllr Neil Moore – Leader of the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council said the Vale Council had been asked to help to stage the marathon and would be “more than happy to explore the possibility”.
Without a trace of irony the race organisers say they have “decided not to rush things” .