Robin Hood Half Marathon

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15/09/2002 at 16:38
First Half Marathon - 1 Hour 53 Mins :) :) :)
15/09/2002 at 17:28
Way to go Vinny!
15/09/2002 at 17:41
Well run Vinny!
15/09/2002 at 17:41
Vinny, Sue W, Gary, Gnasher + everyone else who did the Robin Hood, WELL DONE.

If you're still feeling masochistic after todays exploits (seems unlikely) you can read my race report!!

Phew...well after a couple of pints, a bath and a decent kip I feel right good.
After a dissapointing last couple of races I went into this one with some trepidation and absolutely determined not to go out too fast and ruin the whole race before it got started.

Got down to Trent Embankment relatively early, parking was easy and well organised and the turnout was huge. About 9000 showed up for the full and half combined and there was a buzz in the air. Weather co-operated and was overcast and cool-ish which was great. Saw a few clubmates before the off and got a place relatively close to the front. Right around 10AM the gun sounded and I managed to get across the line almost immediately (although not a major concern as chip timing was being used). Although the crowd was enormous there seemed to be enough room and the pace was just about right. Turned away from the embankment and headed towards town, (mile 1, 6:29), heading by the train station and then up a short but steep incline into the Lace Market (mile 2, 6:33). I can see a couple of clubmates in the distance but I'm intent on going steady for the first few miles. We then turned down towards the old Market Square and then up round onto Maid Marian Way (mile 3, 6:24). Another incline gets us up past the Castle and then over into the Park (high-end residential area formerly owned by the Duke of Newcastle, I think) before we start heading towards Castle Boulevard and then out to the Queens Medical Center (miles 4+5, 12:34). The next stretch takes us past the Queens Med and then up into Wollaton Park (mile 6, 6:33), which is probably one of the most scenic stretches of the course. We exit the park and another short climb brings into the old village of Wollaton (mile 7, 6:22) before a couple of left turns direct us down Parkside and towards the last uphill of any significance. During the climb up Derby Road (miles 8+9, 12:31) I catch a team mate who provides me with a compelling impersonation of someone on the brink of disaster. However, there's nothing I can do for him so I forge ahead and cresting the hill then gives us a great downhill section back towards the Queens Med (mile 10, 6:03). Reaching 10 miles in 1:03:31, I realise I'm only 11 seconds outside of 6:20 pace and with a sub-1:23 as the final goal I realise it's time to really start to dig deep. The final 5K of the course is basically flat (thank the lord) so apart from a few turns there's not much to focus on. I see another clubmate in the distance and try to work towards catching him. I pass mile 11 in 6:14, this buys me another 6 seconds but then mile 12 takes 6:26 so I've just undone the good work I did in mile 11!! At this point I realise nothing short of an all out effort is going to get me home on the right side of 1:23 so I put the hammer down as hard as I can, pass my clubmate and get through mile 13 in 5:55. A quick final 0.1 miles and I get across the line in 1:22:46 (roughly 1:22:54

on the clock). So I'm ecstatic, a new PB for me by 5 minutes (I haven't run a half in a while) and a decent benchmark for working towards FLM in April.

If you got this far through the report you also deserve a couple of pints, a bath and a decent kip

mm :-)
15/09/2002 at 18:03
Well done mm what a great time!
I really enjoyed the day and thanks to some help along the way I managed a new pb of 1.32.11.
If anyone knows the guys from Scunthorpe who were trying for a three hour marathon,please tell them big thanks from the lady who wanted to get under 1.35. I hope they achieved their goal.
Well done to all who ran.
15/09/2002 at 19:07
Well done everyone.

Still recovering from the full Marathon. I was hoping for sub 4 hours, unfortunately the wheels came off at about 22 mile mark.

In fact my splits for mile 24, 25 are horrendous - 40 mins for last 2 miles.

However though disappointed I would like to thank the two marshalls ( lady and male) who caught we when I got serious cramp shortly after passing the Notts forest ground. Without there on the spot attention I would not have been able to finish at all.

Many thanks to all the marshalls and organisers
15/09/2002 at 19:12
Well done everyone - esp MM for the PB and the report.
See if you can wade thru mine!
15/09/2002 at 20:37
Great stuff everyone. MM - that's a great time. Did you do a negative split, 'cause you seemed to go pretty fast towards the end?
15/09/2002 at 21:32
Stroud + Halo,
well done. I must admit I was really pleased not to be doing the full 26.2 today so good on you for completing the course Halo.

Mike s,
congrats on breaking 37 for 10K that's a great achievement.

did do a negative split, which felt much better than the last couple of races. I think the fact that I ran a sub-6 min mile for mile 13 indicates that if anything I might have been a little too conservative in terms of pacing but I wasn't going to take any chances after the last couple of disasters I've had :-)
15/09/2002 at 22:11
Oh Halo!
Likewise I did the Full works, & likewise I had a hard time of it towards the end. In fact my troubles appeared around mile 19. From the 21 marker onwards I was walking (which I've not had to do in my previous 4 marathons). I had doubts before the start of the race, so I wasn't too surprised.
Sorry to hear it was such hard going for you though. I thought the marshalls were marvellous today, particularly in the second half. Great isn't it how the personal touch can make such a difference to an event.
I must say though I was really surprised to find there was NO GOODY BAG at the end. Second best marathon in the country? - now there's a debate waiting for comment. I relaised later I couldn't remember reading that there would be a goody bag, but see the thread elsewhere re: variety of Goodies on offer at some relatively small events. A good medal & a bottle of water at the end of 26.2 (not to mention a pricey entrance fee) doesn't feel like much.
Still, it's a local race for me so I may be back next year in the hope of a decent time.
Any views / comments from other participants?
15/09/2002 at 22:25
Well it was my first half marathon and first race of any kind. All I intend to do was a sub 2 hours from crossing the line. But to my suprise I was in over the line at 1:59:03 and to say it took about 5 - 10 minutes to get across the start line I was very happy. Legs though are not feeling to good at the moment.
Really happy though and puts me in a good frame of mind for the Sheffield full marathon next year.
Also I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who turned up around the course, they gave me such a lift, even if none of them were friends or family.
15/09/2002 at 22:39
Well done all you full and half marathoners.
Great race report MM, congrats on your PB. That is a phenomenal time. But how on earth do you keep such detailed track of your times? You must have spent half the race doing mental maths!
16/09/2002 at 06:46
MM, excellent report - seems like I've got some catching up to do - supurb time especially given your four runs a week programme, no wonder you're chuffed.
16/09/2002 at 08:22
That was the longest last 0.2 of a mile I've ever seen. Either the course is over 26.2 or the 26 mile marker was wrong.
16/09/2002 at 08:53
Jim, James and Craig,
well done to you guys.

Thanks for the congrats. I just use a lap times on my watch to check my mile times as I go past each marker and usually I have a couple of times for key points (5 miles, 10 miles) worked out before I start the race so I can check them against my goal time during the race. However, I find doing a bit of math during the run can sometimes help take your mind off the discomfort ;-)

thanks, just for the record I run 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday) and bike 2 days (Wednesday, Saturday) and rest 2 days (Monday, Friday). Not sure what I'm going to do once the weather is no longer good enough to bike as I want to use a similar training plan to prepare for FLM during the winter. Suggestions for replacing biking with non-running strengthening/aerobic workout please!
16/09/2002 at 09:29
Well, I did the half yesterday and basically had a terrible time. I went off too fast and ran the first 6 miles too quickly. By mile 8 the wheels had come off and from mile 9 I had to run/walk my way to the finish. Did 2:20 which I was really disappointed with as had hoped to do 2:08 or under. Despite the fact that I live in Nottingham the hills still surprised me and I will go back to doing the Great North Run next year instead!

Hi to Gnasher who I met around mile 4 when I was still looking quite good! How did you get on?
16/09/2002 at 10:04
Excellent report MM and well done to you !

I came in just before James hunter in 1:59:59 but as it took me about 2 mins to get over the start line my chip time is 1:57:30 so I'm really pleased with coming in under 2:00. Especially as it's my first run since recovering from a bulging disc. I was expecting to be about 2 to 2:15.

Well done to everyone who took part in both the full and half.

If any of the full runners read this, tell me how does it feel when you split off from the half runners or are you already prepared mentally for it. I always imgaine it must be a bit of a wrench knowing that the finish line is so close ?
16/09/2002 at 10:31
Road Runner hi! I just looked up my chip time and had the great surprise of getting 2:18:42, considering the lack of training/sore foot I am now officially chuffed.
16/09/2002 at 13:15
The half was my first ever race, and considering I only took up running 2 months ago it could have been worse!! (i've always done a lot of other sports though so I wasn't totally unfit). probably spent half my time with you road runner as I too started suffering at the 8 mile mark with that hill outside wollaton park and ran/walked the rest of it. I came in at 2.19!! I was hoping for a slightly better time than this as I did a 12 mile run a couple of weeks ago in under 2 hrs, but I really did struggle with yesterdays race!! I give all you full marathon runners huge credit for managing 26.2 miles - i couldn't have walked another mile once I finished nevermind run another 13.1!! I am now suufering with VERY painful thighs and at the minute am not sure I will ever walk again never mind run. I did find that other people were an amazing help, and i would probably have walked a lot more if other runners hadn't kept yelling at me that we only had so many miles to go not far etc etc. The fact that I had to stop and walk at the about 12.5 miles though was quite bad, especially as i could see the finish line, but just couldn't seem to reach it. The last mile semed to last forever! Well done to everyone who ran, and if anyone elses legs feel as bad as mine, I feel for you!
16/09/2002 at 14:09

Well done on your achievement. I hope once the pain has worn off you feel the incentive to do another. With more training you should be able to increase your time. Take it easy for the next few days and your next run should be a light recovery run.
Good on ya !
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