Claire started in the half-marathon in Bristol, her home town, yesterday. Her aim: to break her personal best time. The Bristol Half Marathon is a rather flat course, so it doesn’t surprise that this race, which was first staged in 1989, attracted more than 10,000 starters. One of them was Bridport Runners’ Claire who aimed for a PB, even though “my training wasn’t quite as committed as I would have liked with summer holidays and the like”, she admits.
The course was great, particularly the part where the participants ran along the Portway (by the river and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge). “I felt very strong at this point”, Claire recalls, “however when I hit the City centre things started to get rather hard. I can’t tell you how many cobblestones I ran over but my legs are still feeling them this morning!” Anyhow: Despite cobblestones and the lack in training, Claire achieved her goal: She finished in 1:48:30 hr. which was a new PB by a good two minutes (see individual results here)! Well done, Claire!
Just a week before, Ruth was again on her mission to do one 10k race each month this year. This time she picked “The Something Wild Festival” in the Dartmoor. The event, organised by Wild Night Run, started near Hexworthy. “It was running up hill from the start onto moorland”, says Ruth, “with a nice rocky descent into boggy ground where I had to retrace my steps to recover a lost shoe!” Ruth not only made her way through the bog and finished the race under these conditions in a good 1:18:23 but even ended up 2nd veteran lady, only beaten by GB international trail runner Jo Meek. Read more about her race and her achievement. Ruth tells us: “From the start on there was little point in trying to jump over the wet bits and easier to plough through. There was a lot of tough up hill running with bracken and gorse snagging your legs. The wind picked up and made crossing the massive stepping stones at the aptly named Laughter Hole House all the funnier. The fact there was a marshal there with a throw line was hardly reassuring! More climbing onto the top of desolate moorland and a 1 km tussle with a massive bog. It appears that my stamina at bog running is better than my up hills! and I was able to pass a few Runners and maintain the gap to the final 1 km of lovely downhill to finish 6th lady and 2nd vet lady to the GB international trail runner Jo Meek, also in the 10 k was ultra runner Adam Holland.”