Posts Tagged ‘Half Marathon’

You wait all year for a half marathon and then two turn up at the same time. Truth be known, the last thing on my mind after the Great Scottish Run last week was another race. Post GSR I had gone out for a couple of gentle runs and felt, I think the technical term […]

Preparations for this one were far from ideal. After a great month of running in August, expectations of achieving a good time in my first half marathon for a year were soaring, but that all dissipated when I came to a grinding halt in September. That, and a jet-lag inducing trip to Boston for the week […]

Ah, Dundee. City of Discovery. This would be the first time I had run the same race a second time, after clocking a PB (at the time) last year. Arriving at Camperdown Park the feeling of deja vu was strong as I walked, with all the experience of one who knows, past the queues waiting for […]

I drove from Edinburgh to Stonehaven in the morning, parked in the leisure centre car park and strolled across a field to the rugby pavilion where the race would start and end. Putting two fingers up to the midweek BBC weather forecast, the start area was bathed in bright sunshine with just enough of a […]

I really need to sort out this OCD need to have my race number attached to my shirt in the correct position. As the announcer at the registration centre in Loch Leven Community Campus called runners to make their way to the race start (a walk of about a mile), I was on attempt #3 […]

The Meadows is a wonderful place; an open park that divides the centre of Edinburgh from the south-side. I choose to live beside them. In most of my training runs I run round or through them. So an opportunity to take part in a race where I could almost literally fall out of bed onto […]

An early entrant in my race calendar, the Great Scottish Run was a race I had been looking forward to for a long time. 12,000 people, a city route, crowds yelling support and live TV coverage capturing the whole thing. That, and I was lining up alongside Haile Gebrselassie. It was going to be like […]

And the winner of the Highland Perthshire Half Marathon is …. Mock Jo… Ugh .. What time is it? iPhone battery drained… Fuelband still working… Shit! 20 mins late. And thus began the race before the race; the race to get to the start line on time. Family up and dressed, downstairs to the MacDonald […]

The pre-race notes said “gently undulating”. They were right. There were not many flat sections on this route; just one gentle incline followed by a gentle decline, and repeat, with a couple of steeper ones thrown in to break it up. This was a gorgeous run through the East Lothian countryside around Haddington, complete with […]

The omens for this race were good. Sex/age categorisation had placed me in the Supervet section. How cool is that? It’s like I can swoop down and cure all the animals the ordinary doctors don’t know what to do about. The dinner before the race was a perfect pasta/beef combo. And it was a quite-chilly […]