Truro Half MarathonListed by zingy
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41st Half ... AFTER: Yey I did it!!! It was pretty difficult maintaining the pace, so I stopped looking at my watch at half way which was spot on 60 mins and concentrated on my running style and just getting over the hills, hoping I had enough left for the last 3 miles (the mile splits show where the main hills are - miles 5 & 10 - as I did keep an even pace going: 9:18, 8:52, 9:30, 8:36, 10:30, 8:42, 8:57, 8:24, 9:09, 10:32, 8:39, 8:32, 8:28, 0:53) ... despite there being nearly 700 entrants we were under 20 secs crossing the Start line, shame of it is there is not a lot of chatting going on at this pace!!! The weather was perfect, warm at first, but rain started half way round, cool!! This is only the SECOND time I've got under 2 hrs in CORNWALL, the other 4 Halfs under 2 hrs on easier courses outside Cornwall are Burnham Beeches (1998), Great North Run (1999) Seaton (2004) & Stroud (2005) so it was a historic day for me AND I beat Linda for the first time (apart from Duchy M) so got a FIRST FV55 Trophy and it's BIG!! // BEFORE: Cornish GP race No.12 - Yeah, COME ON - give yourself something to AIM for!!!
This race is the one I've done the most times - THIS WILL BE MY 9th consecutive. The old course (1998, 1999) was easier, but all on main roads. This is still my actual PB (1998, 1:55:07) but as it is now 8 yrs ago, I prefer to count STROUD (Oct 2005, 1:55:14) The new course started in 2000 is on "undulating" (!!) country lanes, so a much nicer though harder route, but still has quite a fast finish downhill on the main road back to Truro town centre (my 41st Half)
After a stewards enquiry, it was decided that my time had been confused with the runner in front of me, so I didn't break 1:30 after all...ah well! The course was tough and lumpy, so i'm well chuffed with my time. Excellent marshalling throughout, a nice long sleeved T-Shirt and a bottle of Ale from the race sponsors, Skinners Brewery were plus points for this increasingly popular race. My lot managed third in the mens team prize to boot! Local hero Dan Simons won the race in an incredible 1:10:58!