PROVISIONAL Helphire Bath Half-Marathon

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20/03/2005 at 18:12
DEFINITE improvement on last year, I agree that we should congratulate the race organisers on taking on comments made about last year and doing something about it. Another personal best here too by 7mins...1.36.18 so very happy.
20/03/2005 at 18:16
Hi lovely to meet blisters, LLL and hilly - albeit on the start line with seconds to go!

Sorry about your disappointments, RD and hilly. It must have been miserable to have to stop. Hopefully neither will be too much of a setback.

I'd like to second all the positive comments on the excellent organisation. I stopped doing this race a couple of years ago because, frankly, I find that route too tediously boring! I'm now pleased I came back - it's not quite that boring when you're fitter ;-) I thought it was a fantastic race.

It was PB for me, 1:25:25 by my watch, which was a lovely suprise when I've been trying without success to break 1:29 in my last few halves.

I did go to the beer tent after reclaiming my baggage and Mr RC but didn't see anyone. Sorry to have missed you.

Thanks once again to BB for the phantasmogorical support!
20/03/2005 at 18:17
1:47:30 for Mrs GMAC and me, excellent day out.
20/03/2005 at 18:36
Well who said this was a crap race.Thought it was great,everything went really well apart from maybe a little bit of mayhem at the last water station when the faster runners were dodging the slower ones(but that was bound to happen and was quite funny at the time).Did 1:26:03 so was about a minute down on target time but nothing to worry about.

Great to see so many of you,had a lovely meal after with Hilly,Mr Hilly,Blisters and Miss LLL but abit gutted about missing my buddy Rogerdodge but he was in good company anyway with Stace and Ufm so he had a good time.

Hope i can get back in next year.

Special well dones for all those who got a pb.Ace racer and Ratcather,awesome times well done.

20/03/2005 at 18:45
Managed 1:28.. so funky run... just felt the actual event was a bit flat. Maybe I've been spoilt by other races recently..
20/03/2005 at 18:48
Well done everyone! Some really good times about!

RD, take care of that leg! I'm resting tonight!:o) Will see how tomorrow is.

Lovely to meet so many and enjoyed your company too LLL, blisters and Miss LLL!

RC, cracking time! A great confidence boost for London! Hope to be able to run with you a bit longer at Londone-maybe:o)

As for the race, I would've like to finish as it sounds like it was really well organised. I'll be back next year!
BD
20/03/2005 at 18:57
Well done to the race organisers. Everything seemed to work very smoothly.

Bad luck to Hilly and RD. Hope everything mends soon.

Good to catch up with some of you before and after.

I managed 1.39.45ish by gun time. Pleased that this was within my target - Need to try to get more constant pacing (varied from 7.05 in mile 3 to 8.02 in mile 11, and I don't think the mile markers were to blame. BUt this is still a PB by almost 5 minutes, so I'm pretty happy

I think this is a good event on a good course - definitely do this again.

BB has just stuck a pint in front of my nose - off to imbibe
20/03/2005 at 19:08
I shall go and join him, with my pint:-)

Sorry we missed you at the beer tent Ratty.

Hilly and RD , hope you both mend quickly.

Nice to put a few more faces to names.
20/03/2005 at 19:30
Another strong vote for Bath. This was my first go at this one, but after reading some of the comments about last year's event I did wonder whether this was going to be a star or a damp squib. Well done to the RD and all supporters - it was a brilliant day and I shall definitely be back to see if I can shave a couple more minutes off next year. PB this year of 1:52 (estimated - I was so done in at the finish that I forgot to stop my watch!!).

Some one commented above about the course distance - my doodaah made it 13.35 miles but then again GPS can easliy be off by a coupule of precent.

Well done to everyone today - take it easy for the next day or so.

Mike
20/03/2005 at 19:45
My distance was at 13.22 from gps

My only difference was the time. Official time was 26 seconds different from mine. It didn't take me that long to get over the start at the beginning. Am awaiting to see what my chip time is.

Anyone know if the people at the end waving the wands over the number chips was to account for not being picked up by the big wire above you?
20/03/2005 at 19:48
Alan, They were a contingency against the overhead wire not capturing you. If you took part last year, you will remember what a farce the results proved to be, so anything to minimise that risk had to be done.

Wrinty
20/03/2005 at 19:55
Massive improvement on last year organisation wise. The route is still boring though but I spose its difficult to do much about that with road closures etc to be arranged. was happy with my time although not sure exactly was something like 2.04 which although not my best was much more than i was hoping for - specially as something in my left knee went again at about 10-11 miles. Good day in all.
20/03/2005 at 19:58
Thanks BD and BB! Well run BD! Nice to see the B' family again:o)
20/03/2005 at 20:18
Thanks for hard work Wrinty and others...

I was also impressed with the person who noted my race no (1966) and said something along the lines of "...all over, it is now". V.good - made me chuckle !

What time did you good people gather by the bar/beer tent ?! I hung about for a few mins but left not feeling too bright. A beer might have hit the right button...

Get well soon Hilly / RD - live to fight another day etc. Horrible seeing other runners in trouble. H, did you pull out soon after the 'sharp' turn ? Apols for being so dim and not adding 1+1 together - for a sec I wondered if it might be but dismissed the idea

diff - is that a Les C diff ?! If so, did you finish close to Graeme D and Ben F ??
20/03/2005 at 21:34
Anyone know where and when the results will be on the net?? The off. web site says 'posted here within 48 hours', so much for modern technology...
20/03/2005 at 21:43
Hi,

Just to post my question again 'anyone know which company was taking photos?'

I waved frantically at a photographer at 8/9 miles.

Mitten

ps - long journey home to Hertfordshire & have just got back from well earned pint :-)
20/03/2005 at 21:52
A bit of a disappointing one for me. After training hard for this since Jan and going for under 1:50, the dreaded lurgy attacked two weeks ago and I really shouldn't have run but it wasn't a PW..

Ken is suffering big time nad has retreated to his bed with a beer! He fell asleep during dinner with my parents this evening, poor lamb - got cramp at mile 9 and suffered all the way to the line, recording a PW by twenty minutes.

Think we might branch out next year and try some other half marathons.. a little too crowded for me.. and bring back the T-shirt, even if it is rubbish quality, and sort out the goody bag fiasco, helping yourself to chocolate is not what you want to be doing after 13.1 miles, and would a bootle of water have been too expensive at the finish too?

However, to finish on a postive, the Lucozade was a lifesaver.. wouldn't have got around if that hadn't been there at mile 5. Well done organisers for that bit!
20/03/2005 at 21:53
gps said 13.35
20/03/2005 at 22:27
>>kens girls

I agree about the water, was looking around for a bottle at the finish, seems daft they omitted that.
20/03/2005 at 23:33
Not sure if she is called Mrs I or Mrs U anymore.

She finished way down on her best and unfortunately collapsed after race and was taken to hospital most likely with exhaustion, although discharged herself later due to long wait.

Shes ok now, but surprisingly off the drink. She's promised to be back very soon, most likely Frenchay. Nice to see a few of you today - RD get well soon.

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