CARDIFF 28TH SEPTEMBER 2014
September may seem like a long time away, but multiple waves have already sold out for Cardiff 2014, so it’s time to bag those entries! 2014 will again see the MH Survival Series travel to cities in Wales, England and Scotland for the Tri-Nations Series before we unleash 2 “finales” in Manchester and London. National pride is at stake as we invite Survivors from across the Land to front up to the challenge. The Welsh Capital won the 2012 and the 2013 Tri-Nation series and is the host location for the first event of this year’s Tri-Nations Series. So get down to Cardiff on 28th September 2014 and prepare to defend your National pride.
The event village for the 2014 event will be located again at the spectacular Roald Dahl Plas in the “Oval Basin” events arena, next to the gleaming Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh Assembly, right on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay. The action starts and finishes here, with a spectacular charge over the Hay Bale Wall starting the race and a gruelling climb over the MH Wall of Fame on the menu for when you return, to the delight of the huge crowd that gathers here. 2014 will see a little re-modelling of the route, with the course taking in both the city centre and the water-side elements of the City. It makes for a sensationally urban outing; and maybe a little “watery” too. In previous years, we have varied the course in advance of the event due to environmental factors in Cardiff Bay, but whatever the weather, do not expect to stay totally dry for this one. Pre-event or post, our base in the Oval Basin is also home to the many bars, shops and restaurants of the Mermaid Quay development next door to us and there is a real buzz around this smart new bit of the city.
For 2014 we are giving the route a bit of a refresh, but we will still be featuring some great locations at Cardiff Bay and in town. You might experience one or two different obstacles en route from previous years too and almost certainly there will be new content added to the route. In 2013 we definitely upped the obstacle count and we might do so again for 2014! Significantly, the Millennium Stadium will be out for 2014, due to major works being undertaken there.
All this Survivin’ is thirsty work. We will be building our trade-mark brilliant beer tent at the event site once more. We will be serving up ice-cold beer and real ales and the beer tent will be open until you are all safely home. If 2013’s innings is anything to go by, we’ll be needing to talk to the nice man at the Brewery to set aside a good few barrels, as you decimated the beer in 2013! Expect Rat Race Blonde ales and ice-cold lager on draught as minimum.
Cardiff is on the M4 and a wee hop, skip and a jump across the Severn bridges for those travelling from Southern England. For those coming from the north, the M50 can bring you pretty quickly towards Cardiff via the Wye valley from Brum and beyond.
There is a small station at Cardiff Bay, right next to the event village which has connections from Cardiff Central. National rail sees direct trains run between London Paddington and Cardiff on the Great Western mainline. It takes around 2 hours from London. Connections between Cardiff and the South West of England are also strong via Bristol. To the north, cross country routes take you to and from the Midlands and beyond with ease. Please check timetables for further details
Cardiff International airport is a 45 minute train or bus ride away from the city centre.
There is plenty to choose from in Cardiff. From super stylish options in the city centre, to budget accommodation and magnificent out-of-town country house hotels, there is a good deal of choice. Try www.visitcardiff.com for a full run-down of options, plus superb info on what’s on around town and in the surrounding valleys and mountains of the stunning Welsh countryside.