The icy car park at the start gave runners a taste of what was to come on this popular post-Christmas blast along undulating country lanes.
Despite a crisp winter morning with bright sunshine, there was still ice on the roads and thick frost on the grass verges for the first few miles, forcing runners to change pace to avoid slipping and sliding out of the race.
After passing through a quiet housing estate, the course crossed the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal before taking runners on a single loop along quiet lanes with panoramic views of the rolling countryside.
At this 26th running of the event, the course was the reverse of the route taken by runners in previous years, and the change proved popular. Fewer hills offered potentially faster times, and the field of 75 per cent club runners generated stiff competition.
The long walk back to race HQ to collect a finisher’s mug provided an opportunity to warm down before indulging in the excellent homemade cakes and hot drinks on offer. No prizes are awarded after the race, and any money raised is donated to a local charity.
Does anyone know where the results are being published.My watched stopped at the 8.8 mile point and so would like to know how I did.
I ran this event previously in 2006 and it was similarly as cold but not as frosty as Sunday and sime of the course seemed different to me? Also did anyone think that the mile mark timings were correct, my Garmin showed a consistent 0.1 mile increase from the first mile onwards.
I also ran sime of the course without a race prepared stopwatch Steve, my garmin stopped at around 8.5 miles, I had a different race experience though as my watch showed the course to be around .5 short for the duration, you must have a forerunner 205 as I heard that these were prone to time lag delays, I recommend you purchase a 305, they are much more reliable!
Wish you the best of luck with your half marathon training and hope to see you at a local race soon!
I always thought the Garmin 305 was less acurate than the 205. Never mind a race in the hand is worth two in the BUSH.
Roll on the Bath Half Marathon. Look for me me there
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