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Bedford Harriers Half Marathon

Sun December 14 2008 Listed by Big Jules
67 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
10.13 SLEAFORD STRIDERS 1:49:31 1:58:43 1:57:00 2:00:14 53.41
a.k.a Billy Well Done to all at BH's Lovely to see and speak to many of you who are fetchies too! Dunstable RRC 1:38:10 1:41:00 1:41:00 59.08
acorndan THE HILLS ARE NOT GOOD BUT SET A NEW PB SO A GOOG WAY TO END THE YEAR.
THE CAR PARK WAS A JOKE AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED AGAIN Eastern Veterans AC, Higham Harriers AC 1:16:54 1:28:28 1:30:00 1:28:28 66.96
Alex26.2 Mornington Chasers 1:15:25 1:22:27 1:22:49 72.05
Babbit Northbrook AC 1:40:18 1:42:55 1:48:31 61.42
Becfleck Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC 1:50:08 2:00:46 2:18:34 47.51
Big Jules Not one of my quickest half marathons, but not my slowest either so I'm not going to beat myself up over this one.
A word of advice, though:  Don't party with friends over the weekend and attempt to get up early on a Sunday morning (a time when all sensible people should still be under the duvet), miss your favourite pre-race breakfast, drive to a venue that you then have to walk for 30 mins along a boggy footpath to get to the start, and then think you can run 13.1 miles pretending you are as fresh as a daisy. Biggleswade AC 1:55:11 1:55:11 1:59:00 2:05:36 56.75
CanaryYellow Run just once in the last 14 days and my god did it show. I ran 1:57 4 weeks ago. Miserable effort. Unaffiliated 1:40:48 1:57:50 2:06:00 2:24:24 41.18
CK2 Brecon Running Buddies 2:03:16 2:18:21 2:25:00 2:18:21 48.32
cobblersmark Northampton Road Runners 1:39:24 1:43:31 1:43:31 57.44
Darkman Charnwood AC 1:27:12 1:30:50 1:30:00
Daz M Bedford Harriers AC 1:37:47 1:40:37 1:50:00 1:44:55 58.34
Demeer Unaffiliated 1:47:58 1:57:27 1:59:59 1:57:27 50.42
dollyg Unaffiliated 1:43:29 2:02:37 2:15:00 2:02:37 56.05
dooly Unaffiliated 1:57:00 1:57:00 1:57:00 50.82
EdJ Biggleswade AC, Eastern Veterans AC 1:24:43 1:29:29 1:30:00 1:29:29 67.88
evanspre Unaffiliated 1:36:14 1:51:03 1:51:03 53.54
Festina Lente Sudbury Court RC, VEGAN RUNNERS UK 2:05:11 2:05:11 2:05:11 53.49
fetcheveryone Good race - I found the hills tough, but the distance was even tougher, as I've equalled my November mileage in a single outing. Support was excellent from the marshalls, and the Fetchies at mile 11, and seeing the Goings and Katieb (the massage ninja with all the skillz) at the end was superb (almost as superb as the cheesy beany spud and delicious hot alcoholic isotonic Ribena from Jo). FERC 1:44:49 1:45:57 2:00:00 1:56:48 50.78
Fluke Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC 1:37:46 1:53:46 2:00:00 1:54:08 56.73
forkhandles don't bet on me, I've got a sprained (I hope!) ankle and will be taking it easy. Actual time is my watch time Unaffiliated 1:39:26 1:53:28 2:15:00 2:03:30 50.35
GD FERC 1:27:25 1:39:10 1:42:00 1:39:50 59.77
Geoff new Milton Keynes AC, Redway Runners 1:31:31 1:45:40 1:45:40 59.79
Grum999 Royston Runners 1:35:16 1:39:07 1:39:07 59.99
Gymfreak Datchet Dashers 1:35:38 1:46:20 1:46:20 61.92
Hannah Team Milton Keynes 1:48:58 1:49:22 1:49:22 61.54
Hash Unaffiliated 1:53:22 1:53:49 1:56:00 1:54:07 63.17
hatterfan I weren't too keen about this despite it being my home track!  I decided to miss my training run on Saturday.   I started off like I normally do, but after 4 miles I started to feel it.   Plodded along up to about 11 miles, looked at my watch and I thought with a bit of effort I could actually do a PB for this race.   So instead of people overtaking me in the last two miles, I was the one doing it.  I came in 32 secs quicker than my previous best here.   Made me feel good for the rest of the day.  Its just a shame I didn't put more effort it throughout the race as I could have probably beaten my PB for a half marathon! 100 Marathon Club 1:39:11 1:46:53 1:50:07 1:50:58 53.77
Hubrun Massive PB, really happy !! Shelton Striders 1:29:06 1:29:49 1:29:49 67.63
jangles The Devil's Flu got me..  won't be there now :( 

 Hope the rest of you all have a fabulous run Redway Runners 1:55:46 2:04:59 1:56:00
jaybro Unaffiliated 1:59:09 2:00:14 2:01:19 50.07
Jon Berry first 8-10 miles generally uphill Unaffiliated 1:37:31 1:37:31 1:37:30 1:37:31 62.29
JonRead Unaffiliated 1:43:33 1:43:55 1:45:00 1:43:55 57.42
Keefy Beefy Just doing this for a bit of end-of-year fun... And so it was. Given how fit I think I am and how difficult I perceived the course to be, just wanted to get around and be able to carry on training tomorrow. However, it turned out that the course was not as hard as their profile pic suggested (that or I've suddenly become good at hills!) and I now almost regret not trying for something a bit more ambitious. Started middle of the crowd and finished the first mile in 7:45. Then did miles 2-9 between 7:10 and 7:35 before doing the final fast 4 miles (flat or very downhill) around 6:45. All in all, a very enjoyable race and well organised. Good work, Bedford Harriers. Unaffiliated 1:30:00 1:30:00 1:34:51 62.44
Kew Reading Joggers 1:39:54 1:46:01
KoughKandi Entered. *POST RACE* The most hilly half I have ran! (5 since Sept). Unaffiliated 1:45:21 1:51:33 1:49:39 1:51:33 63.89
la bandit a  favourite race of mine,not a bad prediction was it ! i have checked my previous times and it was my fastest bedford to date so well chuffed.marathon training on target Grantham AC, Stamford Striders 1:25:00 1:29:07 1:31:30 1:31:13 73.41
Liam Mitchell Unaffiliated 1:34:58 1:34:58 1:34:58 62.36
Lieutenant Lucerne Taking into account a week of training lost in November through ilness, and then another cold this week, I was happy with the finishing time (which is my watch time, as the chip didn't work). Unaffiliated 1:25:52 1:29:33 1:30:53 71.84
Long Shanks Wellingborough & District AC 1:36:04 1:39:56 1:39:30 1:45:24 57.63
mackfly Looking forward to this and positive on a PB.   Last year was very cold and wet,  hoping for just cold this year.   -  great running conditions,  I was on for 1.25 until the few miles and my hip started to hurt.   As as very well organized and marshalled.  Unaffiliated 1:24:01 1:25:43 1:27:00 1:25:43 70.36
MarcH Mornington Chasers 1:16:51 1:26:45 1:25:00 1:26:45 68.27
Martyn Fisher Not a fast time, but a course record ... by 1 second. Almost Athletes 1:42:07 1:44:34 1:48:41 58.61
mattjmitch Leighton Fun Runners 1:39:43 1:47:11 1:47:11 55.67
Melksham runner Avon Valley Runners, Redway Runners 1:29:42 1:52:19 1:52:19 55.80
MK.aidy Redway Runners 1:21:19 1:49:32 1:49:32 54.15
Mrs Columbo Unaffiliated 2:07:58 2:17:02 2:17:02 50.68
Padams Probably pacing some clubmates, aiming to break 75 mins. St. Albans Striders 1:08:48 1:13:49 1:14:30
Pink Team 2 Unaffiliated 1:48:15 1:50:47 1:59:00 53.53
plodmonster Unaffiliated 2:26:30 2:26:30 2:26:30 44.94
Prospector was about 2 miles too far for the training i'd done so not sub 2 put a pb Unaffiliated 1:49:18 2:07:05 1:59:59 2:07:05 47.18
pussy cat Good hilly course, well marshalled and always a good turn out.  No sleet, snow or rain this time please :-) Northbrook AC 1:39:18 1:43:08 1:45:00 1:47:21 70.52
redkate Unaffiliated 2:00:30 2:06:09 2:06:09 53.66
Relkeel66 Wye Valley Runners 1:38:08 1:42:16 1:42:16 61.29
Road Runner 1 Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC 1:18:41 1:22:18 1:25:00 1:23:22 77.67
Runner Martin Bad cold and not enough training Redway Runners 1:38:46 1:47:14 1:59:36 55.99
Scouse Bird gonna try and get a NEW PB... come on F&K rc... OMG a little tougher than I thought, but with three weeks off running I can't put myself down too much! I did it!!! x x x x Fleckney and Kibworth Running Club 2:02:00 2:02:00 2:00:00 2:14:19 49.02
sebby Dudley Kingswinford RC 2:03:20 2:07:16 2:17:42 47.81
Shinny Dunstable RRC 1:38:54 1:43:05 1:43:06 65.28
shintybabe Unaffiliated 1:41:14 1:44:30 1:50:00 1:44:30 63.02
Slow Going trundled round with John in a slightly foolish attempt to prove something while half way through antibiotics for a chest infection. Good fun as always, although the mile 5 layby marshalling was definately below the standard of previous years. Slightly disturbed that the marshalls at mile 11 appeared to have killed and skinned a fetchie and hung his hide up on a tree. UKnetrunner 1:31:13 1:39:03 1:58:11 51.03
Smartypants Hmmm... All in all, twas nice to get out and run but... not fast, too little training and 3 mins slower than last year - bugger. Unaffiliated 1:43:05 1:46:11 1:45:00 1:46:11 58.56
sparky76 Dunstable RRC 1:24:43 1:47:02 1:50:00 1:47:02 55.34
stacky Dunstable RRC, Boxfit Tri Club 1:32:45 1:34:35 1:34:35 69.03
The lone ranger Fleckney and Kibworth Running Club 1:25:03 1:29:15 1:29:15 67.18
Tim of MK I clocked 1:43.08 on both chip and stopwatch,  placing me 471st of the 1,323 finishers.  

This was the third-fastest of the two dozen halves that I've run.   Also, the fastest on an undulating course.

Really, really pleased with a good negative split - out in 52.19 and back in 50.49.   Also, to have improved on last year's time in this race by about 5 minutes.   

I found the first few miles really hard work,  especially the inclines.   Despite all my pre-race bravado,  I began to seriously worry that my diet of short treadie training runs wouldn't be enough for a course like Bedford.   After all, enough people had told me so beforehand.

But, around the nine mile mark, something just clicked into place and I really, really loved the last third.

Proves that there's a little life left in the old 'gym bunny' yet.   Looking forward to getting back to warm indoor 5kms again this week. 

Splits :    Mile 1 - 8.01 / Mile 2 - 7.46 / Mile 3 - 8.09 / Mile 4 - 8.02 / Mile 5 - 8.12 / Mile 6 - 8.15 / Mile 7 - 7.54 / Mile 8 - 8.02 /  Mile 9 - 8.00 /  Mile 10 - 7.37 / Mile 11 - 7.26 / Mile 12 - 7.28 / Mile 13 - 7.33 / Last 0.1 miles - 0.43)   
Unaffiliated 1:39:33 1:41:09 1:43:08 63.31
tom_craggs Last minute decision to enter. Running this as a trainining run but should still get close to or perhaps PB here although I have had very little faster paced runs recently. 1:25 should be tempo pace for me now. **chip time** gun time 01:23:06, very pleased, nice and controlled temppo pace until 10 miles then sped up a bit. Great race, really well organised, hills nowhere near as bad as I expected. Mornington Chasers, Winchester & District AC 1:15:29 1:23:00 1:25:00 1:23:00 71.35

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  • On 16th Dec 2008 at 12:12pm, acorndan wrote: SET A NEW PB SO WELL HAPPY NOT SO HAPPY ABOUT HAVING TO BE TOWED OUT OF THE CAR PARK
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