Burn Valley Half Marathon

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  • 13.1mi
  • Road
Entrants (10) Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
craigo GOOD STRONG RUN /MILES ON MY OWN AAAAAGH St. Theresa's AC 1:20:57 1:20:57 1:22:00 1:20:57 72.70
gosbag New Marske Harriers AC 1:27:47 1:27:47 1:36:19 65.92
leyburnrunner Unaffiliated 1:40:22 1:48:58 1:55:00 1:53:05 55.22
Lisrun I have heard this is very tough and usually very hot, but lovely scenery so I am looking forward to it ! *After* Gee,that was tough, some big hills. Luckily it wasnt too hot and there was a breeze to keep us from overheating. Very pleased with my time. Good food afterwards ! 100 Marathon Club, Elvet Striders, North East Marathon Club 1:42:36 1:48:01 2:00:00 1:55:16 59.62
nochickenstrip Suposed to be tough, had a good run at Keswick, I just don't know!
RESULT: Very tough Indeed, it's like one constant hill from the start until 9 miles, then a lot of downhill before another hill just to finish you off at 11.5miles! Great sense of achievement when you finish! Got 12th position out of 259 runners! Crook & District AC, Durham Triathlon Club 1:17:51 1:25:50 1:29:00 1:28:26 66.55
rdr Unaffiliated 1:25:34 1:26:24 1:40:00 1:41:04 58.06
Rob Once more unto the breach, dear friends! It's the Burn Valley Run, colloquially known as the Ripon Runners 1:53:51 1:53:51 2:00:00 1:58:29 49.67
shorty25 York Knavesmire Harriers 1:43:05 1:43:05 1:57:28 55.51
Sodahead It should be hot, I know its hilly - very hilly in actual fact. So a real tester for the legs within my current marathon training schedule.

OK, now the Burn Valley Half Marathon. The course record is something like 71.30 and yesterday the guy who won the Brass Monkey Half in 68.49 ran somewhere between 73 and 74 minutes.

My HR Max is 192 – I wouldn’t normally quote it but it gives a great indication of effort level.

Mile 1: 5.55 HR Max 168 
Mile 2: 6.21 HR Max 177 some “ups”  and running in a small group in 5 to 8th position
Mile 3: 5.50 HR Max 174 group of 4 has become 3
Mile 4: 6.36 HR Max 178 group of 3 is now 2
Mile 5: 6.52 HR Max 175 hellish climbs and sharp declines. I’m being tail gated.
Mile 6: 7.01 HR Max 177 I step out and then back in behind my shadow. All these climbs are also into the wind and my shadow was getting shelter and “pace” from me. Time for me to hide behind him for a bit.
Mile 7: 7.05 HR Max 177 I didn’t think it could get any worse than the previous mile time but maybe my shadow was finding it a bit tough battling up the hills into the wind.
Mile 8: 723 HR Max 175 This hill was so long and so steep. When we eventually got to the top the downhill was arm flayingly fast and the road turned into a course farmers track which did not suit my this soled racing shoes at all.
Mile 9: 5.49 HR Max 175 At last we have found some gentle down hill and flat surfaces to run on. Still running with shadow in joint 5th place.
Mile 10: 6.07 HR Max 175 Still motoring OK 
Mile 11: 5.33 HR Max 173 Possibly short. Shadow seems to be running stronger than me now. I can feel the fatigue in my legs but I hang onto him OK.
Mile 12: 6.28 HR Max 178 I’m busting a gut to not let shadow get away, I know that I can raise a charge in the last ½ mile if I can only hang on
Mile 13.1: 6.41 HR Max 178, can’t hang onto him and he slips away from me so I cross the line in 6th place with a time of 1.23.43.

This was a lung busting, leg sapping brute of a half mara. The after race cakes, sarnies and refreshments were superb (this was included within the race entry fee).
Despite being 6th I was presented with 4th overall prize. I really fancied the 1st Vet prize which was a decent amount of Black Sheep ale ;o) Loftus & Whitby AC 1:16:17 1:17:44 1:20:00 1:23:43 75.84
Yorky Unaffiliated 1:44:45 1:47:02 1:56:40 51.81

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