Sunday saw a trip to Bridlington to take part in the half marathon there. Unfortunately our race numbers had not arrived but on arrival at race HQ this was quickly sorted, and we sheltered in the pavilion for a while to escape the stiff breeze, though otherwise the weather was ideal, cool and cloudy.
I was a little nervous about the race. Our training had been truncated by our holiday in September and more recently my cold, and I had not done the amount of miles I would have liked.
Starting on the sea front promptly at 10, the route heads mainly uphill, though relatively gently, for the first half of the race, and then down back towards Bridlington for the next couple of miles, with a loop out to Sewerby Hall and then a finish along the cliff tops. The countryside sections are quite pleasant, and the cliff top section would be too had I not just run 11 miles. You can see the finish on th seafront clearly from the cliffs, but you are still nearly two miles from it so I tried to ignore it and keep my head down, only looking up when I was a few hundred yards from the end.
I was delighted to finish in 2.10.14, which may be a personal best. (I ran the Greath North Run in 1999, 2001 and 2003 and it is possible one of these may have been better but cannot easily find the results online.) I think this was due to the good (for running) weather conditions and my refuelling strategy – I ate a large handful of sultanas at each of the drinks stations and these seemed to give me a boost. Post race (and fish and chips) photos below.
We have another Parkrun and a 10k planned before Christmas, and I can approach these with confidence after this performance.