New route but same magical race!!
Well Morgs and mygoodself went to the wrong tree before the start.There was a single tree inside the castle grounds!!!!!
Millsy spotted me just after the start and shouted over.
By lad what a course.First 5/6 miles I wasn't expecting those hills.Got to mile 7 feeling canny,nice bit of flat then another wee hill!!! Great bit of running past Carlisle football ground,thru the park,up the hill at 11.5 mile then downhill all the way to the finish.Loved the finish inside the stadium.Spotted Millsy again at the finish,had a wee bit crack.Went off and had a shower,waited for Morgs to finish.Had a wee chat with Millsy and SM.Spotted Boycs gliuding past.Morgs and myself then went back to the car and off back to Sunderland.
All in all a canny course.Wasn't expecting those hills.Got round in 1hr43mns21secs(my watch).
Hope everyone had a good day.See you all next year.
Well done to everyone today. Some fab times I see.
I can honestly say I think I have had my first 'bad' race. Proper rough! But that was down to my, if I'm honest, absolute dire preparation! I have learned a hard lesson today, but I think it was needed. First five miles were far too quick but time wise spot on for my 2:05 (if not slightly quicker!). Next three ish miles were decidedly ropier. I then completely lost the plot and more or less ran walked the rest of the way.
By my watch I did 2:21:49 which should be fairly close to my chip time I reckon.
The new course on reflection was excellent. A tad on the hilly side for me but a real 'tester' which isnt a bad thing really.
Roll on next year
Oh btw, Millsy, SM, it was lovely to see the pair of you again. Shame me and Mick went to the wrong tree (d'oh!) at the start. But at least we know now for next year.
Mick, thanks for taking me across there today and putting up with my rather 'crumpled' self on the way back. I'm feeling just about human again now. I'm definitely doing Haweswater as well
I got stuck in the never ending toilet queue before the start, and had left home for my mucky weekend away before the "tree of friendship" was nominated so wouldn't have found you anyway. I must have been in the vicinty of some of you, crossed the line at 2.01 but as I was still sat on the throne when the cannon fired. I reckon about a 1.57 chip time, having started at the very back. I did say hello to you at about 5 miles SM, however the bloke in the black t-shirt who I thought was you was most put out when I tried to insist he had a secret internet life and a viking helmet at home. Some people!
A nice morale boost in the park too. I felt right at home, I even found one with a limp i could keep up with.
Course was a tad more testing than most City half marathons, very good course indeed. I also saw the fella collapsed, don't know how it turned out, there was a Police officer already there so didn't stop and get in the way, but there are no horror stories on the local news website so hopeully turned out not too bad.
"Goody" bag was a bit crap. My bin is full now. T-shirt is nice, enough on it's own.
Many congratulations folks. It sounds like the new course proved agreeable, if challenging.
Cheers, Morgs, Boycs and Mick - you can be sure I'l be there next year, but I'll be sure not to rely on Mick's tree-spotting ability
Rob - Don't worry about missing all the action outside the castle - nothing happened - trust me!
Now, when I set up the meeting point I thought that I'd made it dead easy. Big tree, outside the castle, in the middle of a huge lawn with no other trees for miles around. Sadly that was clearly still too complicated for some but top marks to the wily old sage SM, who spotted me lurking furtively and spared my blushes by making an approach before the police came to question me about my suspicious activites. Maybe I should start thinking now about where we can meet next year.
When I was standing at the finish line and the clock ticked past 1.08 without a runner in site, I came to the conclusion that the course might be a bit tricky, and subsequent conversations have confirmed this, but everyone that I have spoken to has been positive so hopefully next year's course will be the same.
Mick was the only member of the team whom I actually saw finish, although I did speak to both Morgs and of course SM afterwards. As I sit here contemplating bedtime I'm still waiting for the call to invite me out for beer. Some people, eh! Best bit is I know he cannot respond to this anytime soon, so really I can say what I like.
Not sure how I managed to miss Siobhan as I was standing freezing my thingies off right at the finish line from before the first runners arrived until around the 2 hour mark. But you missed me as well, so I don't feel too bad. And Boycs, what a pity I didn't see you. You've become a stalwart at this event, and this has become our annual rendezvous. I think you'll need to sign up for the Windermere Marathon next year and that will double our chances of meeting. Go on.................., you know you want to.
So as you all now tick this one off, for another year, I hope you all enjoyed it, and are planning to come back next year. By then that tree will be even bigger, and if I speak nicely to Mike James he might be able to arrange for a huge arrow to be erected above it, for the benefit of those of you who got a bit confused earlier today.
Well done everyone. If running half marathons was easy then every beggar would be at it, and we know that that's not the case. Some just keep coming up with excuse after excuse like injuries or whatever.
Did I really say that?
Great day all round.
Hard work with a new route honestly it is - We will learn the following for next year.
Toilets should have been 30 not 10 at the startI should try and arrange free car parking for all runners. The council should support this event.The fun run time should be different to the main race - Not sure how to do this yet.Drink options should have been accesible at the start.The start speaker system should have extended to inside the castle.The cars mainly from the cerebral palsy event should not have exited the stadium until 12.30pm.The marshalling at the sands corner and car park should have been 2. it was meant to be.Out of 2367 seperate jobs by 186 staff working to a 120 page event plan only a few minor problems.I and my team are absolutely delighted with the feedback and most importantly that everyone got around safely.I don't know how the GNR do it because 1840 is hard enough!!!!!Well done all
Can I add that you have some kind of retail outlet at the start to purchase those forgotten goodies like gels etc.
I'll write more when I find some time - when I get to work sounds best.
Mike...HUGE thank you! Was a brilliant event, both myself and my OH took part and we only have praise for you and everyone else who had a part in organising the GREAT Cumbrian Run! We'll be back next year and every year after until our legs can take no more!!
Right. I'm at work now and I've had my coffee.
I had a great time yesterday. I always feel that half maras are tough cookies and you can't really blag your way round. I had to keep focussed all the way round to make sure that I finished in good shape and give the people at Sheepmount a thrill at seeing a honed athlete ply his trade. Shame that they had to wait until 11:30am and there were hundreds of others trying to muscle in on the adoration that was for me.
The course was certainly not a walkover. Some struggly hills that really scrubbed the speed. Great support from the marshalls and villagers. I didn't like the muddy sections round the back of the footy stadium but it didn't last long.
I was totally bemused by the fact that there was a running store a stone's throw from the starting line but it was shut. It was my fault that I'd travelled without gels but I didn't panic because I've not been at an event where some enterprising chap isn't selling runners' essentials.
All in all, a great event.
Just to let you know I managed to complete my first ever race and HM but would I do it again??
My OH (who is a seasoned runner) warned me that once I finished I would either vow never to run again or would be bitten by the bug! After getting a really bad stitch at 2 miles for no reason we can think of, I was really knocked off my stride but I completed the course which is the main thing, even if I did take 2:42 when I was aiming for under 2:30. Still I have a little 10K to complete in 2 weeks and then I suppose I should consider Redcar next year......Yes that means I will do another HM. I even told him should I ever get under 1:45 I would consider the full 26m. Anyone know the details of a decent shrink?
Congratulations to all you 'proper' runners who got round in a good time.
I managed to finish in 1:46 which I was pleased with. I had wanted to go under 1:45 but the hills put paid to that (especially that one between miles 11-12, that really hurt).
Unfortunately my knee is now not too great. Was fine during the race but now hurts when I walk- so I’m hobbling quite badly. How long would people advise giving it to see if it clears it up before going to a doctor?
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