Bracknell Half Marathon


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29/04/2012 at 17:23
First half marathon completed in Bracknell this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I just wanted to offer my thanks to all the Marshals and the Event Team for a really well organised event, and I would highly recommend it to other runners.

I am happy with my 2 hours and 7 minutes time, as I started running from scratch a few months ago, to do this event for my 40th birthday. Now reading the above posts though, I realise I finished well after a runner with a broken leg which is not something I will be advertising to friends and family!

I may try another local event in 6 months or so to keep myself motivated to keep up my running, but will definitely be back for this great race in 2013.
29/04/2012 at 18:01
Well run Stephen, Great first effort.
29/04/2012 at 18:24

<goes back to check his time>

Phew, yup, I too avoided the humiliation of being beaten by the runner with the broken leg

Rich, that was hardcore and well' ard. But how on Earth did it happen and did you not realize that something was just a teensy bit wrong?

29/04/2012 at 18:46
Brilliant today despite the wind and rain. Really well organised and glad it wasn't cancelled. A PB for me so over the moon. I did beat the man with the broke leg, hope it mends soon. I think I'll do this next year, since it felt like a nice Sunday run with friends.
29/04/2012 at 20:33

A very well run race with loads of marshalls and signs all along the route. A fair few twist and turns on the route making it a little technical at times . On a good day I should imagine it is a pretty quick course. Today the Foul weather and a killer of a headwind on a long slow climb made it feel pretty hard or maybe im just a wimp. Managed a PB even so. 5 stars for the management of the race.

Edited: 29/04/2012 at 20:34
29/04/2012 at 20:37
Yeah, I knew something wasn't quite right but everything had been going really well up to 7 miles, and it was my first Half so I really just wanted to try and keep going.  By the time I go to 9.5 and was in a bit of a state but thought that as I'd got that far it would be a shame to pull up, when I got to 12 I dcided to suck it up and try and come in under the 2 hour mark.  Just a stress fracture, didn't fall or do anything to it.  Dangerous this running lark !!
30/04/2012 at 08:56

Blimey Rich - that's a story to be milked for a long time to come.

I'm pleased with my run yesterday.  Relieved that there weren't too many stretches into the wind, apart from the exposed stretch at about half-way.

Most of the marshalls were superb - very encouraging and standing out in the cold for a few hours.

30/04/2012 at 10:15
30/04/2012 at 10:17
I got a pb by 7 seconds on this one yesterday, but don't know whether to celebrate that as didn't they mention something about being 75m short.. PB or no PB?
30/04/2012 at 11:03
Well done everyone - you've got to be tough to have run yesterday! I am doing Shinfield - lets hope the weather is a bit better!
01/05/2012 at 14:37
sneglen wrote (see)
I got a pb by 7 seconds on this one yesterday, but don't know whether to celebrate that as didn't they mention something about being 75m short.. PB or no PB?
This just occured to me also after I looked on the runbritain website and the Barcknell results are not yet listed, my first half, on my broken leg, and it may not even count !!!
01/05/2012 at 14:55

Just a quick note from the Organisers to thank everone that was involved with Sunday's Bracknell Half Marathon. Those who were there will know that the terrible weather presented us with some challenges, not least of which was the flooding of the normally excellent finish area. Most or the runners understood our predicament and were extremely tolerant, appreciating that we still held the race and generally maintained our high standards. We apologise to those that got wet feet accessing the toilets - but this was not a delberate ploy being as they had been delivered before the deluge. I can also confirm that all of the Mile Markers were in their usual spots on lamp posts and telegraph poles around the course. Clearly we hope that normal service will be resumed next year.

We also had a slight hiccup with the results published on the day of the race, with some runners being allocated the wrong age category. This has been resolved and the results published yesterday afternoon are now correct. Anyone directly affected in terms of the prize list has been contacted personally. Rich - you are a star! A member of our staff ran his first half and was quite pleased with himself until he realised he had been beaten by a man with a broken leg. Plenty of stick for him.

Finally just to clear up the length of the course. We have now plotted the altered finish on the GIS and we are confident that the late change took about 55 - 60 yards from the usual 13.1 miles

Strangely, given the conditions, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves as did all the staff and volunteers that worked on the event. I am all for enjoyment, but prefer to take it a little drier and a little warmer. 

01/05/2012 at 19:48

If the course was 60 yards short I suppose it does not qualify as a proper half marathon. The finish line did seem to come up quicker than I recalled on that last little stretch.

Not that it matters to me, I wasn't after a qualifying time or anything like that (fat chance anyway!)

Thanks Chris, a great job done by yourself and all the team in trying conditions. See you next year hopefully for something a little closer to the seasonal norm.

01/05/2012 at 20:42

 Thank You, this was my first Half Marathon, and really, really enjoyed it. The weather was awful ,but for all those people turning out with Water, Sponges and Jelly Babys was superb. Though live fairly local (Farnborough) did not realise Bracknell had so many parks and open runways and cycle ways.

Superb event and really appreciate the time and effort put in for me and the others to run.Well done the Mayof for turning up in a foce 8 and Torrential weather. Your Town done you proud. Thank you Bracknell 

02/05/2012 at 14:06
Rich Jackson wrote (see)
sneglen wrote (see)
I got a pb by 7 seconds on this one yesterday, but don't know whether to celebrate that as didn't they mention something about being 75m short.. PB or no PB?
This just occured to me also after I looked on the runbritain website and the Barcknell results are not yet listed, my first half, on my broken leg, and it may not even count !!!

First off, well done for finishing your first Half in those weather conditions and despite the injury you sustained!  

Sorry to be the bringer of bad tidings  but Runbritain (and Powerof10, which stores a lot of the same information) only include races that were run with a UK Athletics licence.  I found this out back in January when I ran my first 10-miler and was disappointed not to see the results on my Runbritain profile - emailed them and they explained about the UKA licence issue. 

I tend to check Runbritain records for previous years now if I want to know whether a race is likely to count to my handicap or not, although that's not always a guarantee as it's still dependent on the organisers paying the licence fee from one year to the next, but is a useful guide nonetheless.  And I don't let the absence of a licence put me off doing a race if it looks like a good one, which was why I signed up for Bracknell anyway.

The main thing is don't let it not appearing on Runbritain detract from the fact that you did it!  Your name and time's on the list of results as proof you did it, and hopefully when you're rested up and your leg's recovered, you'll go out and do another Half in an even faster time having learned from the experience, and watch your handicap take a massive leap afterwards.

02/05/2012 at 16:40

Thanks FC.  You're right, whether it came up a touch short or not, I've still completed it and learned from it and I WILL do this one next year, got to really !!  Although I do want to get one that qualifys for the runbritain handicap also as at the moment its only parkruns so I wanted to get a few others in and build towards a marathon next year.

Got my temporary cast removed today and proper one put on, 6 weeks of cast, 3 months of no running or mountaining biking and 6 months of not doing anything competetive, I think they are being a bit overly cautious

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