I was checking it daily on the run up to the race due to the bad weather, but they sent me an email to tell me it was postponed so I thought they would have given the same courtesy once the new date was set. Had they not contacted me initially, I would have probably continued to check the website also. Unfortunately, Being a busy, working mother of 4 the computer is not always easily accessible at our house.
I am absolutely gutted that I have missed this race!!!! Was sent an email telling me it was postponed but no email informing me of rearranged date. Paid my money for nothing! Well done organisers, I feel cheated out of my money. It wont be a race I will be entering again!
Did anyone else query there official running time today? My watch and the chip time were 25 seconds adrift. I expect a couple of seconds, I know I can't always be spot on, but almost half a minute seems umpossible. I have a photo of me stopping it on the final blue mat under the finish line.
This was my first GNR and only my second Half marathon. I ran Sheffield in 2:13:12 and was really looking forward to SUnday's race as this was my reason to start running last year. That was until I tore a muscle in my groin in May meaning I couldn't train for a good 13 weeks. That aside I finished this year in 2:25:54. only 12 minutes slower!
I loved the atmosphere of the race, despite the weather the locals were still out enmass encouraging us and shouting my name. I loved the kids that wanted to high 5 everyone and the generosity of the people spectating was overwhelming. They had thought of everything a runner may possible find refresshing, ice-pops, drinks, fruit, chocolate, jelly babies and even wet wipes and a hose pipe - Brilliant!!
The one downside was the walkers. Not the walkers in single file on the left, but the walkers 3/4 abreast merrily chatting away to each other whilst runners are wanting to pass of get through. 13.1 miles is difficult enough with out side stepping or having to stop start your pace because people are oblivious to those around them. I actually pushed past 2 women walking side by side up the centre of the road who said to each other 'I'm doing what I hate'- well Bloody move then I wanted to say. Whilst I probably wouldn't have achieved a PB, the inconsiderate walkers didn't help!
I loved the specialness of the event and I will be back next year!!!