Silverstone Half Marathon 2012 Race Report

Well, another Sunday, another race day.  Good times.

I’m getting quite relaxed abut these now, as this was my 10 race, and 4th half marathon.  Silverstone was my first half marathon last year, so I pretty much knew what to expect.

Training had gone fairly OK for this race – no problem at all on the distance, as part of my marathon training, I’ve already ran 15.25 miles, and gone over the 13.1 mile distance a couple of other times in training.  The only potential problem had been a slightly wonky knee that I had on a 10 miler mid week.

The alarm clock went off at 8am, and I was soon tucking into my bowl of porridge, and we got sorted out, and in the car.  I had a full support team with me for this race, my Mum, Rose, wife, Sam and children Erin and Ewan, which was really nice to have some company, and to see them cheering me on during the race.

I fuelled in the car too – a nice couple of hot cross buns  – nothing quite like some nice carbs for running fuel.

I met up with a mate of mine, Jay, (StoneTiger999 from Runners Forum), and got a nice pic:

Gruff & Jay

Gruff & Jay

I was disappointed that there wasn’t anyone handing out Vaseline as there was last time – I had a witty response lined up “Shouldn’t you buy me a drink first?”  Never mind – another day 🙂

We headed towards the start, and decided the race tactic would be to try to keep the 10 minute miler pacer in, which should get us around in 2:11, or thereabouts.

We met Steve (KirkleyRunner from the forum) at the line up too, who was really nice to meet.  Apparently I’m quite easy to spot in a crowd – I suppose being 6’5″ in my socks, and wearing a beard makes me somewhat conspicuous!  Steve was going for a sub 2 hour race, so we didn’t see much of him!

Starting line-up

Starting line-up

We soon got going  – I think the starting gun ended up starting the race at about 12:05, and we were soon off.  We kept the pace in sight for the first few miles, but Jay reckoned the pacer was trying for a PB, as his first few miles were a bit lively.  Must be a tough old job though trying to run at a specific even pace.

After a little while, I caught up a a t-shirt I thought I ought to recognise – a green Thunder Run 24 t-shirt from last year, and low and behold, I finally got to meet Stuart (McLovin from the forum).  We’re actually neighbours  – we live literally a couple of hundred yards apart, but have never met, despite being at the same parties and other events before!  It was nice to have a chat and run together for a few miles.

The race was pretty uneventful as it turns out.  It was flat and it was still, but it was pretty warm – 16C.  I think running in two layers was a mistake – I should have just run in a compression t-shirt.

I didn’t quite hit my target of 10 minute miles,but I did manage 6 of them, and my average pace was 10:02.

I completed the race in a Garmin time of  2:13:37 (click here for Garmin stats) which is 3 minutes off my race PB, and 19 minutes quicker than my Silverstone time last year.  I guess that’s progress  – a full years training and being a good 2 stone lighter.

I’m pretty happy with that.  It would have been nice to hit an average of sub 10 minute miles, which I have done in training, but seeing as this was a training run, rather than the main event of the year, I’m pretty happy with that.

Official results are here:  official chip time of 2:13:35, finishing 3964th out of 6351 finishers.

Here’s a pic from during the race:

Racing

Racing

 

A couple from after the race:

Jay and I at the finish line

Jay and I at the finish line

Gruff at the finish line

Gruff at the finish line

The support crew, big old me, my gorgeous wife, Sam, son Ewan, my lovely Mum, Rose, and daughter Erin:

Support Crew

Support Crew

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