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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cardiff World Half Marathon

I braved the rain and cycled into Cardiff to have a look at the race and take a few pictures, but what started out as light showers ended up turning into a full blown gale.

I parked my self by the 20k mark and the guys from Seiko gave me a very basic overview how it all worked.  It recognises each runners electronic tab and then records their times


The gizmo that controls it all


The strip that picks up the signal


The elite womens race was first.  I was amazed how tiny these athletes are, they seem to bounce effortlessly  and almost silently over the the road surface.





Just as the men were coming through the heavens opened, here's the winner.
as you can see the weather put many spectators off.  A shame as it was a big event in the athletics calendar.


Here's Mo Farrah [Britain] who finished third.  As he said afterwards this event has been a great motivator for him and the Rio Olympics.

I like this shot of the different sized runners...sport for all!
I was frozen just standing there so on the way home it was full steam ahead to get the legs moving and warm up.

12 comments:

  1. They have that competitive look on their faces!! Must have been a challenge in the cold rain---Now I feel completely like a sloth after seeing this drive and passion for movement!

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    1. Sometimes its good to have a day off, you can always use it for planning the next trip or project.

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  2. Good photo! and i love the buildings behind the runners. I would love to visit Cardiff.

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    1. Hi Sandy, that large building is the local library. It was originally built and paid for by the Scottish American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. This one has fortunately survived the local council cutbacks as others have been closed.

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    2. Good thing it survived - it's a beauty!

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  3. Good event but shame about the weather.

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    1. Unfortunately it was the usual Bank HOLiday weather, pity we didnt have Good Fridays weather.

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  4. Cracking photos, you captured the competitive nature on the faces of the runners, and the grim determination to battle the elements as well. It looks like you had the same rain that we had too - flipping heavy!

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  5. It was the worst weather you can have for either cycling or running cold winds with driving rain. I bet they needed the space blankets at the finish.

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  6. I was going to say blimey, not good weather!
    Hope you had a lovely Easter.
    I had to listen to France-England on the radio as I was on the road to Quimper... A bit bummed... :-)

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    1. Lovely family Easter thanks. Very tiring though after playing with our granddaughter for a few days. I think I would be quite happy going to Quimper as none of the matches in the 6 Nations were outstanding. I shall have to go through my album of pictures from when we were last in Quimper just to remind me.

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  7. I love the sport for all photo. That's quite a range of heights. When does it stop raining? Paris has been wet, it's wet in Caen now. Make it stop...... Thx for leaving a comment, that was useful to know about the dump stations.

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave