Lurking no more!
without further ado here is the race report for the HM i ran on Sunday, it's a little long so appoligies in advance
Aviemore Half Marathon Race Report
Arrived in Aviemore around 8am, the registration process was relatively painless, so with number and race tag in hand it was away to the buses to shuttle us to the start up at Badaguish Centre. The weather conditions were perfect, very little wind and no rain, it was however a little cold so I was glad I took a few extra layers to keep warm, with a little over 20 minutes to the start it was time for the traditional group warm up, and we were told to go and line up in our pens I decided to stand near the back in the sub 2:15 area, from there we were walked to the start line, a little over 400 metres away and before we knew it we were off!
The first mile started on the trail leading through Glenmore forest, gently climbing for around half a mile, I settled into a comfortable pace straight away and soon found myself overtaking people at ease, a fellow runner darted into the tree line for a call of nature, a woman behind called him an exhibitionist, not at these temperatures, was my reply. With the first mile almost complete we got our first view of the Cairngorms and loch Morlich below, stunning is an understatement, first mile complete 10:04
The second mile was downhill towards the ski road, I was now going past fellow runners at regular intervals, feeling strong and full of energy, we turn off the trail and ran along the ski road for the remainder of the mile before turning back onto the trail, second mile 8:54
Now back on the trail it was getting a little congested, which was a little frustrating, but I tried to remain patient and I was able to slow start picking my way through the crowds, mile 3 10:13
We crossed the ski road and were presented with our first major test, a fairly steep hill which took us to the highest point of the race at 1,312ft I managed to get to the top but so many people walked it which was a pain especially when they were walking in a line across the trail which made it quite difficult to maintain momentum, mile 4 10:49
The race from here was predominantly downhill, feeling good after the hill I settled down into a good pace, running through some of the most stunning scenery I have ever ran through, mile 5 9:05
Turning back along the loch-side into a cooling breeze I continued to maintain a comfortable pace, and trying to absorb as much of the atmosphere as I could, support along the route was sparse but it was appreciated, mile 6 9:10
Almost half way now the trail narrowed and it was rather muddy, this section was slow, runners bunching and doing their up most to avoid the puddles, I approaching the half way mark in approx 1hr 4 minutes I was fairly content with my progress, we ran past the camping park and turned onto the ski road for the final 6 miles back into Aviemore, mile 7 10:18
Now on the ski road we ran along side the loch down towards the town, I was feeling good and started to focus on picking off the runners ahead, I was just trying to main a good pace and keep some energy in the tank, I've tended to run out off juice in the last three miles, mile 8 9:37
Almost into the final third of the race now, I was working hard and trying to remain positive, I got to the final water station took on some water and dug into the final stretch we descended through Coylumbridge and Inverdruie, the descending mile markers where flying by mile 9 9:25, mile 10 9:17, mile 11 8:58, now there were a few more supporters out, clapping and giving us encouragement, the last few miles are a bit of a haze, as we moved onto the bike trail before crossing the ski road for the final time, mile 12 9:27 only one mile to go!
I was hurting, but determined, turning along a cycle path we crossed the river and went under the railway underpass and up a little slope to the main road into Aviemore, crossing the road the line was in sight, putting in a kick to the finish crossing the line final mile in 9:28.
Crossing the line in a time of 2:03:49 average pace of 9:31mm, delighted!
Post race we went to a local eatery for pizza, pasta and beer what a way to finish off the day!
link to photo taken on route with a mile to go! http://www.action-heroes.co.uk/galleries2/HalfMar2012/index.html
Excellent report Stewart. Very well written. Sounds like a fantastic race
Had vaguely followed the race thread Silver. Sounds like it went off a lot better than last years which had a few teething troubles. Am considering aiming for it next year. Already entered the half in March.
That Grand Union race looks really good. I would consider it myself if it wasn't so awkward for me to get to.
Did a very slow 7.47 miles after work. Beginning to like the idea of running all my miles slowly
I actually made it out for a run finally! 10.5min mile for just over a mile.
Well done Mal
Silver. I look awful in every race photo. In fact I look awful in pretty much every photo!
Ooh, well done Silver, Stripes and Stewart.Only just read back, sorry for being a rubbish forumite!
The legs were stiff on Monday, I went to the gym and did a session on the AMT which seems to have helped, a gentle 5 miler this evening in under an hour, another easy session on Thursday and a long run on Sunday, that gives me a week to get ready for the Culloden run, I'm doing the 17.46k
It's suposed to be quite a hilly one so won't be expecting a quick time
Stewart - great run report, agree definately the style of a writer. Makes me want to come your way just for a run or two
Silver - yep my pic is the lotus, but not in our garage, the garage at the track day. Will post a full pic of it. As for the garage, that garage has more space than ours!
Mal - Glad you're back and well done on the run
This was on the track day too pulling back into the garage after a few laps
Oh yes and I can happily say it is all my OH's! I've had one drive, but am now happily a passenger It's our fun car
I'm knackered, just taken 5 hours to write one paragraph on my job application! Now it's all ready I hope to be submitted, Run past manager on Friday then home to submit. Finger crossed, hoping and praying!
Mal - well done on getting back out there - I hope you enjoyed your run?
Silver / Stewart - both done amazing times and amazing runs!!! sounds fantastic
Tripes - what's all this 'three stripes' nonsense - you know what your name is.... I'm a bit with you - run longer and slower (well - that's my excuse)
Maam - you will do silverstone - i'll be there too....
I'm super stressy - got global sales school at the mo with IBM, so i'm super busy - homework (??!!!???!!!) and daily assessments... hard core! but it means no time for running!! so i've only been out sunday (12 mile) and tuesday 5.7 miles.... I HAVE to go for a run tomorrow morning or i will either 1) implode or 2) cause GBH to anyone or anything in my path that says the wrong thing!
Silver - its really lovely to hear you fully, with your running mojo back... the tready and the HM have really re-inspired you! Great to hear it.
10 days until the Great South Run - I have my race number through so looking forward to that!
Hope to be on here again soon - work / homework depending.
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