Robin was ahead of Batman by the time this year's half marathon entered Penarth Marina

Robin was ahead of Batman by the time this year’s half marathon entered Penarth Marina

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.

About 22,000 runners entered this year's half-marathon

About 22,000 runners entered this year’s half-marathon. Spectators said it was as well that the event did not require atheletes to run on Penarth’s poorly-maintained town-centre pavements  and pot-holed roads

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” .



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  1. Martin says:

    Cllr Neil Moore would do well to listen to those of us in Penarth. We don’t want Cardiff’s marathon or ½ marathon here in Penarth. If Barry wants one let them hold it in Barry.not here.

    • Peter Church says:

      Yes, have you seen the route a certain Penarth Labour councillor might suggest?
      They would just love to spend a bit more of Penarth’s money in Barry.

    • Geraint Davies says:

      Typical Penarthian attitude right there. If anyone ever asks what are Penarth people like, I know to show them that one comment.

      • Frank Evans says:

        Typical anti penarth comment. If I lived in barry I would agree with you. Tell us who you going to show it to?
        I’ve asked mark steel to do his radio 4 in town series from the paget rooms. We can all bitch about each other 😈

  2. Steve says:

    Speak for yourself Martin. As a Penarthian I would welcome a marathon coming through the town. What it brings in disruption is makes up for with exposure and business. Just because you don’t like the idea of something, that doesn’t mean the rest of Penarth feel the same.

  3. Sam says:

    That’s a shame. I was looking forward to moaning about the road closures.

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    Unfortunately I misread
    the headline –
    Penarth marathon is crap –
    Sorry !

  5. whatsoccurin says:

    it would be an iconic course if we had the “walkway” from Bay to Pier-the Marina is still very photogenic on a pleasant day but I cannot see marathon runners negotiating the “zig zag path” without collapsing with exhaustion which I usually just avoid!

  6. AK says:

    Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Ultramarathon, 1st April 2017.

    Penarth to Ogmore on the coast path – no road closures required.

  7. Emma says:

    Actually Martin there are lots of us Penarth people who would love to have the marathon here. Such a shame it’s postponed was really looking forward to it. The Cardiff half is a fantastically well organised event and judging by the number of spectators and supporters is obviously enjoyed by many.

  8. Ollie says:

    Marathon in Penarth would be awesome

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