Bath Half Marathon
Report – Adrian Mason
I ran the Bath Half Marathon this weekend. It went ahead by the skin of it’s teeth and I was elated with my result!
After a very difficult decision with all the ‘Covid-19’ precautions being rolled out across the world, the organisers took the decision to “Run the Bath”!.
With the announcements on Friday and Saturday that all the big spring races were being cancelled/postponed, it wasn’t a decision taken lightly, but from the 15,209 runners signed up, they still finished with 6,827 runners crossing the finish line.
The day was WET as was most of the UK but this didn’t dampen the atmosphere. The officials put on a great event and the streets were still lined with plenty of spectators. Marshals, starting corrals and drinks stations were also spot on.
To say that I am elated with my result is an understatement. It is however testament to all the encouragement and coaching from the club and all my training miles paying off. Since i’d just learnt of Manchester Marathon being postponed, I unleashed everything I had in the tank and “Ran the Bath” (pun intended :))
The course ran slightly long according to many of the runners watches, or we all went too wide around the corners!, but I was extremely happy with my finish time and knocked ~6 minutes off my previous official PB. I finished in 264th (41st in my age category) with a chip time of 1:23:54. The race was won by Paul Pollock in a time of 1:04.14.