- Hastings Half-Marathon
- Not the Coventry Half-Marathon
- Midland Women’s 6-Stage & Men’s 12-Stage Road Relay Championships, Sutton Park
- Brooksie’s Mystery Tour Trail Race
- Fradley 10k
- Milton Keynes 20-Miles
- Milton Keynes Half-Marathon
- GB Ultras Chester 50
- Fission 20:20
The third weekend of March is supposed to be about the start of spring, or so I thought. So, when I agreed with a friend from South Africa to go down to Hastings to do their half-marathon (and in so doing, miss out on Cov Half) I didn’t expect to be fretting about whether the event would actually take place! As it turned out, Cov Half was cancelled due to the unseasonably cold “Mini-Beast from the East”, whilst Hastings, nestled on the south coast and escaping the worst of the ice and snow, survived.
The course itself could be summarised as 4 parts – a series of bruising climbs up from the seafront, some undulations in the middle, a lovely downhill back down to the promenade and a sprint along the seafront to the finish. My Garmin says I recorded an all-time 5km “PB” of 17:43 towards the end of this race! So much for pacing…
A finish (chip time) of 1:24:11 was good enough for a top 50 finish. Well, 49th anyway.
Claudie and I ran some bonus miles due to navigational issues, so we ran 15.5 miles in 2.5 hours. I don’t know how everybody else got on – Amy
31st Position – Time 3:18:49
Legs 1 & 4 – 5.38 miles, other legs – 3.17 miles
A team – 34th Position
B team – 42nd Position
Legs 1 – 4 long – 5.38 miles, legs 5-12 short – 3.17 miles
With cold weather predicted and a battle to fill the teams due to a busy calendar (every other race got cancelled) 30 Northbrookers and supporters headed to Sutton Park. As usual the competition was fierce, but noticeably fewer teams in attendance (probably due to the busy local calendar planned for the weekend). Each runner threw everything they could at this and with conditions varying, during and from one leg to another, it meant everyone effectively ran a different race.
A special mention has to go to those on the mass start and the later legs. The weather turned bad and they persevered through what looked like some sort of icy hell to ensure that all the teams finished. Despite the weather it was a fantastic effort from all involved. Well done guys and girls – Spencer
|3||Jo Brown||1:14:07||1st Female|
An 8-mile self navigation race, following an 8-mile social/guided run around the route.
The Le Mans style start means that the time includes the time taken to put on shoes and remove prior to finish line within an indoor venue. Mud and blizzards added to the challenge.
A colder than expected day greeted the two of us we headed up to Fradley with an overcast sky at the start. I was warned that it was flat and fast, and everything felt right on the day to be able to turn up and have a good run. 2 laps followed of a true to say flat course but with enough turns on it to keep us entertained. As usual
I went of too fast then hung on for dear life in the last 1km. I didn’t even have enough left for the sprint as a young lad came powering past me at the end, next time I’ll have him.
A PB for me was achieved, and for Rich, coming out of long slow half-marathon training, all the signs are there for something special to develop over this year. Great race, great course, great organisation and great company – Spencer
226 took part and I finished as 20th female.
20 mile race
|Sally Eason||2:41:25||2nd FV55|
The 20-mile course was two laps of relatively flat country lanes but with a little twist of several sections of road under water; all that cross-country training came into its own. The finish line was only accessible through
another flooded lane but at least there was cake at the end, and the tee-shirts are nice – Sally