So there were 9 of us running the Barns Green Half Marathon today and I personally was very happy to have some company. This was my 4th time doing this race and today was the first time I had company and who better than the HJ lot!
It started off with the usual queues for the toilet – and once that was all out of the way, Emma, Mandy and Nikki decided to partake in the pre race warmup. The rest of us just lazed around chatting ?
Then it was race time! First few miles felt quite ‘swift’ with Mandy checking with me a few times to make sure we weren’t going ‘too fast’ ..conscious we had a long way to go! We managed to get up some of those earlier hills pretty ok and at 6 miles just started to think it was feeling less ‘comfortable’ than it had been at the start.
Knowing the course well…I took my gel at 8 miles….and yup..there it was – that lovely section between 9-12 which is VERY undulating with a couple of nastier hills than previously….and on very very tired legs it’s just an ‘evil’ section of the course.
It was at mile 10 I realised that I was pretty close to getting a course PB if ONLY I could keep it going. Mandy was awesome pushed to stay with me to help keep me going those last 3 miles, although towards the end we weren’t sure who was quite pushing who forward….we just both really really wanted it to end!
Did I get a course PB….you betcha! Took 1 whole minute off my best time and finally did that course in under 2hr 20 mins coming it at just over 2:19. And a fab result for Mandy getting sub 2:20 for her first Barns Green ??
Afterwards we all gathered for tea (and someone had a pork pulled roll…Mandy) and a chill out before finally heading home.
Great run by everyone on a gorgeous day. Not sure of everyone’s time but think most were really happy with it overall.
Roll on Wimbledon half in 2 weeks! ?