adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon

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08/03/2010 at 20:21
Having a look at the long-range forecasts, it looks like it's gonna be dry, like you said, overcast with winds of about 10mph. That's pretty good for an exposed circuit.

Last key session for me tomorrow, then an easy 3 Wednesday then nothing until the race. Eek It's getting real now...
Edited: 08/03/2010 at 20:21
09/03/2010 at 09:37

Hi STFC, have you still got a spare entry for this event ?



10/03/2010 at 12:49

The weather seems to be getting worse and worse, keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather (anything than rain and strong winds).

Can't believe it's almost here, think I signed up pretty soon after I found out I had a place in VLM. Not looking forward to the crowds/traffic jams but I want to do it at least once. Once I have that medal in my hand I'll be happy!

10/03/2010 at 18:52
I'm quite looking forward to the support - I reckon it's the warmup for the VLM supporters as well so they'll be in full volume. It does help take your mind off of the legs in the last 3 miles or so.

My Dad's taking his bike and cycling around the spectating areas. Should be fun, I'm expecting to see him about 4 times as he knows Silverstone almost as well as I do
12/03/2010 at 08:01

looking forward to this as it'll be nice to do my LSR's with people for a change as all of my VLM prep has been on my own so far!

Does anyone know if it's possible to add on a  few miles within the compounds or am I going to have to go outside and off down some country lanes?

12/03/2010 at 09:56
You'll probably have to go outwith the circuit - they're closing the track at the rate of a 3 hour half I think.
12/03/2010 at 10:02
Ok, think I will aim to get there early and add them on before noon.  thanks
13/03/2010 at 07:55

Well folks, I leave Fife in an hour to travel down. I might see some of you there! Look out for this t-shirt on raceday:

I'll be hanging around the 1:30 pen, roughly.
13/03/2010 at 22:01
Good luck to everyone.  I am feeling very nervous as it will be the biggest race I have ever done, and I am doing it as a prep for London.  I am not sure what to wear though, will shorts and a t-shirt be a bit brave?!
14/03/2010 at 07:25
I'd say you'll be fine.. adrenaline will keep you warm     Just make sure you have something warm on up until you put your kit bag in, and pack a bin bag to wear until the race itself starts..
14/03/2010 at 08:49
I'm heading over to the circuit in about 45 minutes - taking a jaunt along the footpaths to the circuit from Whittlebury where I am right now.

Hopefully see some of you there.
14/03/2010 at 15:40

How did everyone do then ?

 Bit windy wasn't it ?!!

14/03/2010 at 16:59
crossed the line in 1hr 30mins 28secs... think its a bit much to hope the chip time will knock off 28 secs ... but still very happy and a PB

The Hanger straight on the last mile killed me.... was a great experience to run at such a venue though... even if it looks NOTHING like how it looks on tele.
14/03/2010 at 17:09

agreed, it doesnt look as good as it does on TV and it was V WINDY!  Enjoyed myself nonetheless  made a nice change from doing an LSR on my own and a nice change to go a bit quicker than LSR pace, even if it hurt a bit by mile 11

Hope you all got the times you were looking for.

14/03/2010 at 17:18
Great time Matty. I gave into temptation and went quicker than the planned LSR ... was thinking I'd do 2hrs 5 and ended up 1hr 56.

Think there's a lot of work going on as they weren't expecting this year's Britsh GP but they've now got it.

What about that last mile ? Wind blowing straight down into your face. Yuk ! And I couldn't see the line until we were really close !

Biggest run I've done in terms of numbers. How does it compare to VLM in terms of crowdedness on the road ?

14/03/2010 at 17:48

I've not done VLM but Reading is a bigger half (in terms of runners) half and it is much busier.  I imagine London is far worse than both.

Always makes me smile though that come mile 10 theres plenty of room!

14/03/2010 at 17:50
Wow what an experience - definitely the biggest race I have ever done.  I decided to go for it rather than treat it as a LSR but didn't crucify myself.  Felt comfy most of the way round, the last mile was hard with the wind in my face!  I got a PB too, and am so so so so pleased!!  I just wanted to get under 2 hours and managed 1:54:55 wow this marathon training is doing the job.  I couldn't keep that pace up for 26 miles though.  I got the clothing right too, shorts and t-shirt were perfect!  Well done everyone!  And yes it looks nothing like it does on the telly but I will watch the British GP more closely now!
14/03/2010 at 18:48
I got my PB of 1:57:30, so happy....... very windy last mile, really enjoyed the race though. well done everyone
14/03/2010 at 20:50

Well done everyone.

This was my 3rd time here and was hoping for under 2.00.  Garmin said 1:59:58 so v-happy.

14/03/2010 at 21:03
Congrats Nick. What did your Garmin give you distance-wise ? Mine ended up on 13.3 miles ... it was disagreeing with the mile markers from the very start !!
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