Posted: 24/11/2014 at 06:11
Thanks for asking Minni - here goes!
Norwich Half Marathon race report
As some of you know this race starts and finishes at the Norfolk Show Ground. On the whole this is good as it brings out lots of spectators and the facilities are pretty good (OK so the changing room is a cow shed but they do muck it out ????). But as it had been raining since the early hours of the morning, by the time I got there it was already a quagmire.
I huddled in the shed for a bit before dropping off my bag and finding a stretch of path to warm up on. I'd gone with just shorts and t-shirt and it was absolutely freezing in the rain but anything more would have just got saturated and heavy. I lined up mid way between the 1.30 and 1.45 markers and off we went.
The first section is in the show ground, including a bit across some muddy grass so it was muddy from the start. And the rain was just relentless throughout. I never got warm in the slightest and couldn't feel my hands but I was running well.
Once we were out onto the road I got into a pack of runners and we started churning out some decent miles around 7.10 pace. From about mile 4 to 5.5 there are a couple of downhill sections so I pushed the pace a bit there with two sub 7 miles. Then the course changed from previous years with a nasty steep hill for half a mile, so mile 6 was 7.30. Once at the top we entered the show ground again - over another muddy grassy section and then back out for the second lap.
I felt good all the way really until we hit the hill the second time. My last couple of miles were around 7.50 pace but I was really pleased to cross the line just over 1.35 on the gun time and 1.34.47 chip time. That's my 2nd fastest ever HM and given how bad the weather was I have to be made up with that. 14th lady and 1st F45 - not bad in a field of 3000 runners. I might have won some cash but wasn't hanging around to find out as I just needed to get warm and then home for a hot bath!