Chester Half Marathon
Sunday 15th May
After the cross country season ended on a positive note, representing Lancashire at the Inter Counties in Birmingham, it was time to turn my attention to the road. After a disappointing performance at the Wilmslow Half Marathon I decided to target Chester 6 weeks later.
A 9am race start meant an early rise but the sun was shining and it wasn’t long until I was heading down to Chester Racecourse to meet up with fellow Rossendale racer Kris Armitage. The conditions were to play an important part in my race and I was in luck. There was a slight head wind on the first half of the course, so I hoped it would favour me on the way back. The way out saw Tom Charles (Trafford), Tarus Elly (Salford) and I run together up to 7 miles. Tarus took the following wind by the horns and put his foot down, leaving the two of us watching him extend his lead. We both worked well and put some good splits in utilising the wind and the slight decline in elevation before coming back to the town hall. The main streets of Chester were lined with cheering onlookers as I crossed the line 1 second behind Tom Charles in a solid 6th position.
A shiny new PB was my reward for the weeks of hard training Steve Duxbury had put me through, clocking 71:22. Kris Armitage, who has been going from strength to strength, ran an excellent race coming in 35th position with a time of 79:28. A superb race for his Rossendale half marathon debut! Chester is a great place to run with amazing support all the way around the 13.1 miles from spectators, even with a few bands playing some motivational music every so often. Events such as this really bring together a whole different range of runners, all running for different reasons and always bringing the love of running to the fore.