Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon

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04/03/2013 at 09:55

Sgt Wilko

I'd agree with that - enjoyed the track sections but the rest was nothing exciting.  Could have done without the tinny tannoy music.

Glad I entered but not sure I'll be back next year. 

04/03/2013 at 11:08
This is great for a speed test for a spring marathon. Yes Silverstone is bland but most repeated lap races are. Provides an excellent opportunity to run in a big crowd and get your race day strategy correct for London or Brighton. I'd do it again but ensure you get there early .... The A43 is a pain in the bottom in terms of traffic unless you're inconsiderate and scoot along in the outside lane and blend in at last moment.
04/03/2013 at 23:37
I enjoyed it, spoke to some really nice people before during and after the race. If it were closer to me, I'd do it again. The best organised race I've done. Unfortunately it's about 200 miles away.
05/03/2013 at 05:35
I do it because my club does the baggage. Thou getting up at 4:30am and leaving by coach at 6:30am is very tiring
05/03/2013 at 08:53
Hi there, this was my first long run for 9 years.... Turned 30 in dec and wanted to do a run and start getting fit again. I only trained for 6 weeks which was terrible.... But I finished in 2.35 hours. I was in so much pain at the end of the race and I'm walking about like a duck at the moment... Any tips on what to do now. It's day 2 after the race should I be preparing to go back out for a run soon. I now have the bug and want to do another run and better myself and my times. HM lover.... Not sure I could make the big daddy London marathon.
05/03/2013 at 09:28

My hamstring went after 4 miles, was utterly devasted at the time but carried on and finished in 1 hour 35 which in all fairness was pretty good. So wanted a sub 1hr 30 but unfortunately injuries are part of the sport. Did see some poor soul collapsed on the floor with all the medic's around him/her about a mile from the end.. Hope he/she is alright?? Other than being peed off with the hamstring i enjoyed Silverstone, support, Marshals, baggage claim was all brilliant and hopefully i'll be back.

05/03/2013 at 09:41
I was excited about this race but I was quite disappointed. I actually thought the Blackpool half last year was better than this one. It was soulless, there was very little support around the track only when you past the 3 mile, 6 (ish I think) and 10 miles was there any support. I don't know what I expected but because its the half marathon most London marathon runners do I thought it might have a bit more atmosphere but it didn't. The tinny tannoys blurting out music we're awful, thank goodness I had my iPod which I don't usually like to use during these big races because I like to hear the support. It is a flat race, but again this added to the boredom. I think unless you're a proper serious runner after a pb, maybe choose a more interesting half to do with a bit of a view. On the positive side, it was very well organised, the traffic wasn't as bad as expected and I got a pb 5k and 10k time. I'm glad I've done it because now I know this sort of track race isn't for me, I like to see things other than concrete, but it's not a race ill be rushing back to do.
09/03/2013 at 09:56

Green Pete I finished in 1:33 and I too saw that poor person on the track.  Was covered in a blanket and all I saw was legs poking out and medics all around.  An ambulance left with blues and twos on as I was walking back to the car park but not heard anything since so assume that no news is good news?

For what it's worth, I enjoyed Silverstone, I thought running on a race track was novel and if you're PB hunting - which I got - then I think it's a great race.  Loads of room on the track and I don't race for scenery, I race for times.

09/03/2013 at 10:01
I finished in a pb 1:47:45 in only my 3rd half marathon. I enjoyed the occasion and running on the track was fun for me as a F1 fan. I too saw the chap with the medics - he was arguing with them very loudly when I went past and was clearly delirious. There were 3 other people sitting or lying in that area in various levels of agony.

I would do it again.
10/03/2013 at 14:18

well this was my first HM so pleased with my time of 2h 19m 36s. I have to agree with some of the comments made that it was very bland! I do the great south run every year (4th this year) so i'm used to the atmosphere created by lots of people so this was lacking big style. I will however say that it was well organised and the marshalls did a good job of encouraging whilst stood in the cold.

As i was on my own i thought the baggage system worked very well. I got a chance to chat to a RW pacemaker, who i tried keeping with, who was really friendly and offered great advice to those who was willing to listen. I'd consider doing this again as the price was good for a large event and would like to set a better time!

12/03/2013 at 13:53

I was really looking forward to this but had to pull out with a chest infection.  Really slow recovery means I'm going to have to give Fleet a miss now as well, bummer of a year so far


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