22 December 2012

4 X Half Marathons

I have raced 4 X Half's in my career;
17/6/1990 Borehamwood Half Mara 71;17.0 1st Age 29
2/9/1990 WMUH Half Mara 71;35.0 1st Age 29
1/6/2008 Queensland Half Mara Doomben 72;12 3rd 1st Age 46
6/7/2008 Gold Coast Half Mara 72;26 27th 1st Age 46
Back in 1990 I was enjoying a good run of fitness having returned from two years in Oz the previous year and putting some consistent solid months of training into the bank.
The Borehamwood Half was pretty local for me and in  my training diary I noted it was a hilly course and a hot Summers day!
I ran my PB 10K road time 2 days after this 30;45 @ Tring suffering blistered feet from the Half.
The West Middlesex University Hospital Half was run somewhere around Twickenham, and in my diary I noted I got miss directed and added 200m to the distance. I ran through 10Miles in 54;30. 2nd place was two minutes behind me and I won GBP125 a very tidy some back then. I also got vest/singlet that I am wearing right now sponsored by BMW and Cooper Car dealership.
18 years later I ran my third Half at Doomben on a flat course with lots of switchbacks.
The Gold Coast performance was supposed to improve on the previous effort but the wind after the turnaround up the coast put paid to what could have been :-)


SBx said...

Those switchbacks slowed you down at doombden damn the speellcheck, a tough start stop circuit even if flattish

David said...

your right Bruce 'Switchbacks' belongs to tight twisting turns on a mountain, what I meant was lots of 180 degree turns.