|London Landmarks Half Marathon.
Report – Tomas Horbury.
The day started crisp and the sun was shinning brightly for the masses.
Masses there were, 13,000 people lined Pall Mall for the start of the second London Landmarks Half Marathon. There was the usual over excitable warm up people with the usual excitable people warming up, where as the hard core runners warmed up round the corner – myself, well I just had a cup of Rosie Lee.
The usual mad dash start was missing as we were segregated in the times we had guessed we would finish, I guessed wrong and started at the back with the fancy dress costumes, some bloke thought I was in fancy dress and kept asking if I was tinky winky or La La…
So with strava set and the starter klaxon bellowing we were off, past Trafalgar Square onto The Strand up Kingsway, sharp 180 degrees and head back towards the river. As we approached Waterloo Bridge, we are met by two groups of drummers having a “Drum Off” – the noise was deafening but it really got you going!
We headed back into London Town, past St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London and headed back towards The Embankment.
As we headed towards what can only be described as the single most boring part of the run, Blackfriars, we headed towards the drum and bass of the tunnel, this was amazing as the crowds were dancing and the runners were dancing.
We continued down The Embankment towards Parliament, where at mile 12 I hit a wall, not a real one obviously, but a mental and physical one. Thankfully my wife and kids were at the right place at the right time to get me going again. As we turned the final 180 degrees, we headed towards Downing Street and at the end it was great to be greeted by thousands of onlookers, all cheering all clapping as we crossed the line!
2h16m47sec it took me to do the London Landmarks Half Marathon and it was one of the best 2h 16m 47sec of my life!
Will I be back next year? Hell yes! Will I be quicker? Who knows, but I will give it a go!!
Denzo Ironbridge Half Marathon.
Report – Lesley Kirk.
A perfect sunny but cool day greeted the 900 runners taking part in the Denzo Ironbridge Half Marathon ,organised by Telford Harriers.
Starting from the arena in Telford Town Park, the route covers a mixture of surfaces from tarmac paths to off-road sections, taking runners through the park, along the Silkin Way, past Blists Hill Museum & Coalport China Museum into the Severn Gorge. From there it follows the old Severn Valley railway line, eventually crossing the world famous Ironbridge, the first of its kind in the world, before looping round back along the Silkin Way to the finish.
Two club members, Lisa Dallisson & Lesley Kirk, started the event. Lisa, in her first proper challenge of the year, had a strong and enjoyable run, finishing in 1.50.16, four minutes quicker than her time from the year before. She finished 33rd female and 8th in her age group.
Lesley, on the other hand, didn’t have quite the same experience.
Having woken on the morning feeling unwell, she started the run hoping that things would settle down. Unfortunately, by mile 3, it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen. Realising that continuing on meant she’d have even further to walk/jog back if she dropped out, she took the difficult decision to stop and turn back.
On the plus-side, at least this gave her the chance to cheer Lisa in and across the finish line.
First male to finish was Paul Ward of Telford Athletic Club in a time of 1.15.35.
First Female was Kim Fawke of Lawley Running Club in a time of 1.21.56
|Weston Super Half.
Report – David Jones.
The Weston Super Half sets off from Marine Parade at the entrance to The Grand Pier. It takes in the glorious sites of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding picturesque Somerset villages and countryside in a single lap, closed road, fast half marathon event.
The pièce de résistance, a totally unique opportunity to finish a quarter of a mile out to sea, on Weston’s Grand Pier.
One of the competitors in this year’s race was our very own Penny Stainthorp.
Penny had a superb race, finishing in 276th place with a time of 1:44.52. She finished 2nd in her age group, just 43 seconds behind the winner but a full 8 minutes ahead of the 3rd placed runner.
The race was won by Colin Snook in a time of 1:12.04 and the first lady to finish, in 4th place overall with a time of 1:15.46, was Charlotte Taylor-Green. 1578 runners complete the race.