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Southend Half Marathon

Sun June 12 2011 Listed by Cheg
32 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Blazer FERC 1:42:20 1:42:20 1:50:00 1:42:20 58.31
cawillemat Unaffiliated 1:29:59 1:30:50 1:30:50 64.60
Cheg Flyers Southend 1:30:05 1:30:05 1:40:00 1:32:09 63.36
Cobham Runner Harvel Hash House Harriers 1:36:57 1:38:42 1:40:15 70.50
DaisySun Hard work! Unaffiliated 1:43:37 1:43:37 1:44:24 62.52
Debs80 Benfleet RC 1:38:52 1:42:10 1:42:10 0.00
DickyF Harwich Runners, Sudbury Joggers 1:24:45 1:29:03 1:30:20 67.99
DIY Diva Ranelagh Harriers, Vets AC 1:42:13 1:42:13 1:47:09 66.13
Dudie New PB but gutted not a sub 2hr race..... 100 Marathon Club, Trail Running Association, LDWA 2:00:06 2:00:06 1:58:00 2:00:06 56.16
GaryPB Benfleet RC 1:51:02 1:51:02 1:51:02 53.45
hatstand Unaffiliated 1:34:10 1:36:49 1:36:49 60.79
Hawky5 Unaffiliated 2:04:48 2:08:07 2:10:00 54.51
jonoshea Unaffiliated 1:49:45 2:04:28 2:00:00 2:04:28 48.94
Katemate Genuinely enjoyed every single step of this race, probably helped by the fact that I adore Southend to pieces. Brilliant flat course with lots of things to look at & brilliant marshalls & cheerleaders every five seconds. Lots of water & wet sponges. Would go out of my way to do this one again next year, for sure. Unaffiliated 2:16:50 2:25:35 2:30:00 2:25:35 44.79
Lawler69 Dacorum & Tring AC 1:21:15 1:22:10 1:22:10 71.13
MrMo This was a bit weird. My refusal to race over the last 2 or 3 years left me with a very strange feeling as I stood on the start line for today's Southend Half Marathon.

I didn't know what pace to run! So, I set off at what felt comfortable and sustainable and thought I'd see how I get on.

Today's course was a tricky blighter. Despite being pancake flat, what I didn't realise was that the course would be quite tight and full or numerous bottlenecks. I lost count of the number of times that I had to slow down and wait my turn to overtake somebody. I didn't like that. This was a greedy race, trying to squeeze way too many runners onto a narrow course. Things got worse when the left side of the road was used to run one way and the other side of the road was for runners coming back.

The weather was good today - very cool and light rain. I won't complain about the wind. I'm sure it slowed me down, but I'd much rather have today's weather than a baking hot June day.

The first 2 miles were slower than I wanted, but I didn't have much say in that. I therefore went through 5m (my first real check point) slower that I'd have liked. Ideally, i would have liked to have been touching 40 mins, but I was back at 41:38. I felt relaxed at this point (probably too relaxed with hindsight) and it was at this stage that I calculated that I would run 1:47 today. And, I was right.

I took gels today at 5m and 9m and that was also the only time I took water on board (apart from a quick sip at 3m). The 5m gel appeared to help and I think the 9m gel may have helped, as I was dead hungry at 8.5m and I wasn't hungry at all for the remainder of the race. However, I wasn't particularly pleased with the last 4 miles today.

I should have sped up, but the headwind from 9 to 11 m was quite strong and then course from 11 to 13 (with more wind) wasn't that great (numerous twists and turns).

I finished this feeling neither elated or depressed with the result. The feeling was more one of satisfaction. I am satisfied that I got into the 1:40's today and satisfied that I know there's more in the tank. I was knackered at the end, but I finished knowing that if I had a bit more recent race experience in my head and legs, I would have upped the pace. I am pleased with the consistency of the pace today - that's a positive sign that my months of heavier mileage have given me strength. I really was just gobbling up the miles :o).

This was great fun and I'm now looking for my next race...although I have a nasty feeling that my bubble may be burst on Friday next week when I go to the foot quack.

The foot was fine today whilst I ran. It hurt afterwards, but it didn't cause me any problems at all with 14 miles of road running in my Karhu's today.

Split Summary
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1) - 0.99m - 8:38(8:45/m) - 153bpm avge - 162bpm max - 117cal
2) - 1m - 8:25(8:25/m) - 163bpm avge - 167bpm max - 124cal
3) - 1m - 8:16(8:16/m) - 165bpm avge - 169bpm max - 123cal
4) - 1m - 8:06(8:06/m) - 168bpm avge - 172bpm max - 124cal
5) - 1m - 8:12(8:12/m) - 169bpm avge - 171bpm max - 124cal
6) - 1m - 8:09(8:09/m) - 172bpm avge - 175bpm max - 124cal
7) - 1m - 8:06(8:06/m) - 172bpm avge - 174bpm max - 124cal
8) - 1m - 8:10(8:10/m) - 172bpm avge - 174bpm max - 124cal
9) - 1m - 8:06(8:06/m) - 173bpm avge - 176bpm max - 124cal
10) - 1m - 8:15(8:15/m) - 174bpm avge - 177bpm max - 123cal
11) - 1m - 8:20(8:20/m) - 175bpm avge - 178bpm max - 124cal
12) - 1m - 8:06(8:06/m) - 176bpm avge - 179bpm max - 123cal
13) - 1m - 8:07(8:07/m) - 179bpm avge - 182bpm max - 123cal
14) - 0.13m - 49(6:14/m) - 184bpm avge - 186bpm max - 15cal

Position = 536/1507 Unaffiliated 1:43:08 1:47:47 1:47:47 54.81
Mylo Managed a PB despite lack of training due to injury. Braintree & District AC, Mid Essex Casuals 1:36:11 1:43:00 1:45:00 1:43:00 57.93
neems Unaffiliated 1:44:01 1:47:15 1:47:15 60.79
Nellers FERC 1:36:32 1:36:32 1:39:59 1:36:32 62.62
Prior Unaffiliated 1:31:54 1:34:06 1:34:06 62.04
sav123uk Unaffiliated 1:43:42 1:43:42 1:50:28 54.35
Sazzleflip BRJ Run and Tri 1:42:12 1:43:43 1:51:58 58.25
SouthendAl Flyers Southend 1:39:34 1:45:26 1:56:00 1:45:26 55.82
StellaFella1967 Dagenham 88 Runners 1:31:27 1:46:30 1:46:30 58.15
Supahoop Unaffiliated 1:26:42 1:29:31 1:32:00 1:29:31 65.75
Surrey Phil My training suggested that I might shave a few seconds off my PB.  It turned out to be almost seven minutes!  Totally delighted with the time.  A bit concerned that there were no mile markers over the latter stages but the 800m to go sign was a relief. FERC 1:46:45 1:46:45 1:46:45 56.24
Swampdog Unaffiliated 1:56:36 1:56:36 1:55:00 2:08:52 50.12
terryf ran with my neighbour in his first race ever.very comfortable for me. Unaffiliated 1:41:26 1:41:26 1:47:00 1:51:03 60.78
TickTock Unaffiliated 1:19:51 1:25:15 1:25:15 72.04
tobin Thurrock Harriers AC 1:29:32 1:29:32 1:29:32 65.21
Warndog Thrift Green Trotters, West Australian Marathon Club 1:23:49 1:30:40 1:34:05 62.37
Wenners Springfield Striders RC 1:38:37 1:38:37 1:38:37 67.02

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