I went for a 8 mile run Thursday lunchtime which is the furthest I have been in 2 years as I have been doing 5km and 10km's in Tris's. I went out on Thurs, Fri and Sat night and trained for 2 1/2 hours on Saturday (cycling and swimming). I was supposed to be racing in the KFL Cross Country in Deal but the 1 hour drive did not appeal, so instead I decided to do this A20 Path and Downs Half Marathon to see if I could get around this tough course. I ran at conversational pace and walked the 800m hill at a 12% gradient. I had my watch covered all the way so I just ran easy and not to a time. Somehow I managed a 1:55 which is a PB by 3 mins! This means I should be able to get around a flatter course in around 1:45 very soon (the hill cost me 3 mins) if I push on. Can't believe I got a PB - the training is clearly going well! It was a lovely and very scenic route and well organised. Really looking forward to next years race now!!
I am by no means an experienced runner as I have only done 7 races or so from 10km to marathon. I like the medals though as it gives me pride. 6 or 7 years ago I was 16 1/2 stone and could not run 100m. Now I am under 12 stone and my PB for a 10km is 48 something and for a 1/2 sub 1:59. My medals are hung up and it gives me great pride to see them and it motivates me.
I think that bags full of goodies like fruit or a mars bar are all very nice but you can easily buy them yourselves for Â£1. You cannot easily buy a medal that states the race you have just run...LIke others have said it is a momento.
Why not increase the fee by Â£1 and offer both?
I may be being really thick but I cannot see the race results online anywhere? I am sure it said in a earlier post that they were online.
I really really enjoyed this race. Very good organisation indeed and a lovely route with some fun hills. A great day and race!
The only down side...No medal which was a real shame. For me personally, my view is that you can buy a bag anywhere but can only get a medal having completed an event. It would have been nice to add to my growing collection and a good memory.
Can't wait to do this race next year and thanks for the weather updates - really apprecited