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Wokingham Half Marathon

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, Wokingham RG40 UK
70 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
are we there yet? Unaffiliated 2:21:20 2:21:20 2:25:00 2:21:20 46.98
BABOY Reading Roadrunners, Serpentine RC 1:20:14 1:22:53 1:29:00 1:28:25 67.01
bassy Unaffiliated 1:35:32 1:35:32 1:35:00 1:35:32 64.10
benjani Unaffiliated 1:23:18 1:38:00 1:38:00 60.46
Beware Of The Fish Datchet Dashers 1:25:15 1:41:19 1:41:19 62.90
blue (pete) Unaffiliated 1:49:12 1:49:12 1:50:00 1:49:12 57.43
chinny_chinn Burnham Joggers 1:33:22 1:35:52 1:35:00 1:37:56 60.50
Choccie Monster Ranelagh Harriers 1:30:38 1:30:38 1:30:38 73.03
ck Sandhurst Joggers 1:53:00 1:57:00 1:57:00 61.61
Could do better... Unaffiliated 1:37:54 1:47:38 1:47:38 55.46
DanielDodson Unaffiliated 1:35:53 1:35:53 1:35:00 1:36:27 61.43
Duncs 100 Marathon Club, Bracknell Forest Runners 1:31:19 1:36:50 1:40:00 1:38:14 61.86
fetcheveryone FERC 1:44:49 1:47:20 1:48:01 1:54:38 51.66
Forest Runner Bracknell Forest Runners 1:30:50 1:34:03 1:29:59 1:42:16 65.51
Franky Unaffiliated 1:47:25 1:49:27 1:50:00 1:49:27 56.37
Fuzzy Sandhurst Joggers 1:43:20 2:01:57 1:59:00 2:06:31 46.84
Ghengis Redhill Distict Royal Mail AC, Striders of Croydon AC 1:26:58 1:39:21 1:59:59 1:43:26 59.67
Gobi Unaffiliated 1:13:26 1:14:23 1:31:25 65.61
Gogeroo RAF AC 1:35:35 1:42:07 1:40:00 1:46:42 55.62
grinlee Reading Joggers 1:56:18 2:03:17 2:09:27 47.31
Icedancer Striders of Croydon AC 1:58:12 1:58:12 1:58:12 61.73
Icky Unaffiliated 1:36:14 1:39:58 1:45:00 1:39:58 61.74
IronDaz Burnham Joggers 1:21:38 1:21:38 1:24:00 1:21:38 72.87
isitsafe? Unaffiliated 2:06:13 2:23:38 2:23:38 43.31
Jock Itch FERC 1:13:30 1:22:45 1:22:00 1:22:45 72.91
johntz Sandhurst Joggers 1:29:41 1:54:36 1:54:36 53.44
JPK Reading Joggers 1:32:45 1:35:22 1:43:54 57.25
KatieB Bedford Harriers AC 1:41:26 1:41:26 1:44:59 1:44:17 64.19
Kew Reading Joggers 1:39:54 1:46:10 1:55:00 1:46:10 62.97
Knox Reading Joggers 1:44:52 1:44:52 1:47:33 64.93
Konaboy Reading Roadrunners 1:36:46 1:37:25 1:40:00 1:37:25 63.36
little brown bag Finch Coasters 1:53:03 2:11:34 2:15:00 2:12:56 49.79
louis Burnham Joggers 1:48:28 1:49:47 1:49:47 59.97
MadJonny Unaffiliated 1:44:49 1:44:49 1:44:49 57.56
MadRobby Unaffiliated 1:33:13 1:33:13 1:39:52 1:37:45 61.07
manicstreetpounder Unaffiliated 1:18:58 1:33:47 1:30:00 1:35:26 63.22
martin K London Underground AC, Runnymede Runners 1:34:45 1:37:23 1:35:00 1:37:23 65.95
MattyD Unaffiliated 1:46:29 1:46:29 1:47:48 55.18
Max71 Serpentine RC 2:05:18 2:14:46 2:22:10 46.88
MB99 Unaffiliated 1:21:12 1:21:12 1:21:12 72.98
mintsauce Unaffiliated 2:00:00
Morf Reading Joggers 1:35:42 1:52:41 1:52:41 63.63
Mrs BooBoo LaBoy Striders of Croydon AC 1:50:22 1:57:49 2:06:00 1:57:49 55.88
nabox Unaffiliated 1:34:56 1:35:31 1:36:37 63.88
Nick Cook Unaffiliated 1:47:05 1:47:05 1:48:00 1:47:05 62.03
par Cove Joggers 1:38:58 1:38:58 1:49:39 61.10
Peteb69 100 Marathon Club, Serpentine RC 1:25:21 1:34:28 1:50:00 1:48:30 55.61
PeterS Unaffiliated 1:50:06 1:55:25 1:55:25 53.88
philinstone Stone Master Marathoners 1:29:45 1:40:38 1:46:59 55.45
podgella Unaffiliated 1:28:44 1:38:28 1:38:28 60.15
Puffing Bertie Unaffiliated 1:58:06 1:58:06
Rach E Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, Team Kennet 1:20:28 1:21:44 1:39:59 1:27:45 75.02
Rapid Snail Unaffiliated 1:38:33 1:38:48 1:41:40 59.00
RG Postie (RGP) Reading Roadrunners 1:56:07 2:01:38 2:00:00 2:01:38 49.31
Roxy Unaffiliated 1:29:09 1:29:09 1:29:00 1:29:09 73.85
Shortstop:o) Unaffiliated 1:46:06 1:46:06 1:46:06 62.39
Siamese Pete Unaffiliated 1:55:28 2:03:17 2:00:00 2:12:12 47.06
simmicee Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC 1:35:45 1:36:46 1:36:46 69.18
SparkyMark Alchester RC (Bicester) 1:35:01 1:35:01 1:38:00 1:35:01 64.96
Stubbini Unaffiliated 1:32:45 1:32:45 1:40:00 1:32:45 65.05
Tappers Walton AC 1:34:22 1:39:15 1:39:15 61.70
The Croc Unaffiliated 1:28:40 1:28:40 1:35:00 65.48
Tiddly B Ranelagh Harriers 1:18:07 1:20:20 1:25:00 1:20:20 74.05
ToastRunner Crawley AC 1:14:30 1:15:58 1:15:58 78.01
Topkit Okehampton Running Club 1:32:09 1:40:08 1:40:08 65.85
Um Bongo Sandhurst Joggers, Windle Valley Runners 1:42:48 1:43:09 1:49:59 1:47:14 60.41
Vin Rouge Striders of Croydon AC 1:24:42 1:30:16 1:30:16 67.81
WineRunner52 Road Runners Club 1:29:23 1:45:55 1:48:20 64.59
wizlyn Serpentine RC 1:22:42 1:23:47 1:25:39 76.86
woss Purple Patch Runners 2:10:52 2:17:00 2:17:00 48.20

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I don't think I've ever been so disappointed / cross with an outcome as with this race. I know I am capable of much better, but I: 1) didn't do enough long runs, 2) did no speed training whatsoever, 3) didn't run for 10 days before the race, 4) I had no breakfast, and 5) I stood towards the back of the pack, so my first mile took 9:58. I spent the next 4-5 miles trying to get back on schedule, rather than running smoothly. So by the time I'd got to 8 miles, I was feeling rubbish, facing the knowledge that my longest runs were barely more than 10 miles. Quite a few walk breaks punctuated the last 5 miles, and I crossed the line swearing like a wounded pirate.

But... these aren't excuses, these are just lessons, reinforced, and hammered in to me for next time. Fantastic to meet lots of Fetchies, old and new - and we should have a meal after *every* race!
Training going well, there's really no excuse. :-) UPDATE...Mile1(8.33)...congested, had to walk at times due to bottlenecks, Gobi jogged along side for a bit and calmed my lost time panic. Mile 2(7.48)...got into my stride, no probs. Mile 3(7.47)...feeling great and happy to have made up lost time, struggling to keep pace even though. Mile 4(7.04)..hmmmm...took a gel? maybe that's why it's fast? Mile 5-9(7.59, 7.44, 7.54, 7.54, 7.37) just dug in and found a rhythm of sorts. Mile 10(7.58) had realised now, that if I kept to under 8mm I would be sub 1.45 on my garmin. Kind of a pressure and kind of a relief. Miles 11-13...ack...hard work and just hurting, but had a shouty voice in my head telling me not to listen to my body. Mile 13-13.1....I love this bit at wokey, you turn the corner and there's the clock :-))) I'm so happy. Met lots of fetchies, all gawguss, great food and company after.
cool and groovy
1 .35 will be a pb, but its essentially a Rome mara training run........

Well with zero taper, and it taking FOREVER to get started I still got a PB by a 2 and 3/4 mins.

A lovely run, glorious meeting a few Fetchies, and a big ta to Gobi, who had a qucik chat at 8 miles when I was feeling ropey, and diagnosed it as all in my head, then had a quick chat with me afterwards. Dead chuffed really!
Jock Itch
PB here in 2006. Prob try to PB here again. Its gonna be touch and go. Do you have the nuts to bet on me ????***************Update************* OK then. Just outside a Pb. I told you it would be close. Sorry to those luverly ladies and geezers who bet on me.
little brown bag
Well, I'm glad I have actually done my first half marathon, and in my home town too! I was really pleased up to 10 miles, when I was pretty much on track for just under 2 hours.. then did something to my right hip and had to slow down and walk a bit. Still, it was just under my predicted time so good all in all. Hope to get a better time at Reading in a few weeks. Great course, and great support all around which really helped.
This was the time by my watch - took ages to get to the start
Forest Runner
Reasonably happy with the time, considering I hadn't run for 4 weeks before this race because of a hip injury. In fact the time was quicker than recorded because it took quite a time to cross the start line.

I didn't get any niggles from the injury, but I did find the race very hard work. Obviously my fitness levels have dropped quite a bit in 4 weeks. The time I got should really be just a fastish training run for me.
Feeling in good shape for this. Pancake flat course with loads of straights to track others down should make a PB likely. ***Update*** Struggled a bit from 10miles on but put in some solid work up till then. Conditions were near perfect (a little cross wind at the motorway bridges but nothing else). This course has got PB potential written all over it with such good conditions. Also great support from the spectating Fetchies. On the downside, it was very congested at the start/finish area & also the medal shows 2006 not 2007 (sloppy work WHM 07 organisers).
Great half-marathon, superb organisation and route.

Not as quick as i was hoping, still not back up to full race fitness. Still lots of points for you betting people...
Good gauge for Reading half, i will beat 2hrs.
Mrs BooBoo LaBoy
I am going to race this and REALLY want to come in under 2hours...*UPDATE* *UPDATE* Woohoo I managed the sub 2 that I wanted...LARGELY down to RGP who paced me until around mile 11 :-(. Ok so I didn't feel that I started out very well (very congested start) and felt pretty good until mile 6. Started to feel like everything was shutting down and that I wasn't going to carry on...but I did...got to mile 10...started to really slow down, but managed to catch up with another club member and passed her after 12 and sprinted to the finish like a crazy banshee (!)...Managed a 52min 10k and a 1:29:00 10 mile...LOVELY

*Pizza and meeting up with everyone was lovely too!*
are we there yet?
Really pleased with my time as before the race I was thinking I was being a bit optimistic. Really enjoyed the race and it didn't seem that much longer than a 10 miler - I know that sounds a bit odd but at 10 miles I thought - oh well, just a 5k to go - and it made it better
PB by almost 5 mins. Excellent run - pushed as hard as I could in perfect running conditions. Managed the first 2 miles at 7-40 pace, thus avoiding congestion at the start which has slowed me down in the past. Steadied out at 8 min miles until approx mile 11, when I started to slow. Luckily there was enough left to come in sub 1-45.
Quite pleased with that as I didn't feel up to scratch and almost missed the start so spent the first 2 miles waeving through runners.
If I can start in a better place at Reading I think I can can PB there.
Great to see so many Fetchies and the meal after was nice too.
Well done all those who PBd.
Um Bongo
Thought I had can't the lergy the day before so wasn't sure how things would go. Set Garmin training partner for 1:49 and just kept with that. Kept trying to remind myself that it was just a training run and had to resist temptation to race. Played catch up at start as we all do due to bottlenecks but just caught up gradually. Only increased pace in last two miles with last mile sub 7 mm. Happy with time but know I have a lot more in tank -so good news so far for London.
The Croc
Garmin time so long. Great day. Comfortable mara pace all the way, even had a little left for a sprint finish. Perfect running weather too - for a change.
Above is watch time . . .unbelievable good fortune to break 1:40 . . .somehow managed a sprint finish (it felt like it anyway) which made the difference. Oh, that and the pretty ideal weather conditions . . .a good day :-)
RG Postie (RGP)
A congested start,I ran a good 11m with Boo,my knee became niggly at 6m,painful at 8m and unbareable at 11m,I wanted to stop but only 2m left was run/walked them,my knee is painful,swollen,bruised and I can't put weight on it,think Reading is definately out of the question.
A big thank you to Boo and The Boy for the lift back to the car :-)
Ok a PB which I should be proud of but felt that I sold myself short. Still theres always the next one.....
PB by 11 minutes - woo hooo. But was absolute agony from 9 miles.
PB by nearly 2 mins, have to be pleased with that - esp given no taper, a stinking cold and some kamikaze early pacing... Still, feel that there is more in the tank somehow - so gives me something to focus on at Reading.
Siamese Pete
....it's a PB!

Maybe not quite what I hoped for, but I'm pleased all the same.
Very pleased to see that the predicted dog poo at the start was absent!!
PB sweeeet!
official Time:- Nightmare!!! had 2 mins left to the start as i entered the loo that i'd been queing for, for 15 mins. So started right at the back, took ages to "walk!" to the start, and didnt really get into a decent pace until the 5 mile point as I was weaving through the race traffic!!.

All though i wasn't aiming for a pb i'm quite dissapointed. I need to revisit my training schedule prior to reading.
Big hand to mick n phill for their encouragement at the 11-12 mile point!! EASY< EASY< EASY<EASY!!!

Spotted quite a few fetchies , but didnt really hang about after the race, ran back to the car in shame!! lol
Considering the past couple of weeks - just very happy to finish
did it :o) beat 1hr 30 !!
OUCH - That hurt! Started off too fast as usual and struggled in the latter stages. However, I did manage to shave a couple of minutes off my PB, which I'm delighted with.
I am pretty happy with an 8 minute PB I have to say. That's despite the fact I walked in every mile from mile 5 onwards....building up to a 3 minute walk in each of the last 3 miles.

I need to find something to take my mind off the running as I found myself walking because I was board.

Still I managed to earn myself a nice amount of points. Roll on Reading. I shall be going for a PB there too.
Training going well on for HUGE pb here. Just run Gloucester 10 in sub-74 so form is good. Knee cleared up. Just smashed 5k PB too. *UPDATE* WoooooHooooooooo :-) Well, I did it, 1:35, which was my REAL target. After the problems with my knee, owing to me being a NUTTER and buying shoes that don't suit. I had a great race, got bogged down at the start, but made up time in the second mile. No sprint finish from me - I gave everything in the last mile. Thanks to all the messages of support from you lovely people - they mean a lot. I hope I have repaid you :-) Great to meet up with loads of fetchies, and a good meal afterwards. Its just sinking in now what I have just done - VERY VERY HAPPY :-)
After a 3 week layoff due to ill health and injury was really please to run my fastest half for nearly 12 months.
Just inside 1:16, weather was great and pleased with the run, tied up a little in the last 3miles but glad to be back in resonable shape, fasted HM for 2years.
Second HM so trying to impove on the1st looking forward has have heard lots of good reports about Wokingham.
Only enjoyed this when I finished felt rough all the way round,
managed a PB which was down down to the course being nice and flat.
Rach E
Just going for a PB here. Not pushing too hard as main focus is White Horse on 1 April and I haven't done too many long runs recently. UPDATE: I am very happy :-) Smashed 1:30 completely unexpectedly. My most enjoyable race ever and felt very comfortable. Bloody hell, training properly works. Splits: 6:32, 6:23, 6:30, 6:28, 6:31, 6:31, 6:42, 6:42, 6:56, 6:45, 6:39, 7:42 (this was definitely long), 7:18 (1.1 miles)

5 miles: 32:24
6 miles: 38:58
10 miles: 1:06:05

blue (pete)
Above is garmin time (only measured 12.96 for some reason) and the gun time was around 1:51:08 (official).
Feel absolutely knackered. Very sore shoulders and uper arms so had a swim and stretch on the way home - expected a hot shower but the water was cold (come on Loddon Valley). Met a few fetchies before the start and a couple after - RGP looked injured though.
A pb here and poss. a poss. best for a 10k and 10 mile time too - i'll have to investigate.
All in all I'm very pleased.

Update - very very pleased now as i appear to have improved my 10K pb by around 6 secs and my 10 mile pb by around 3 mins - hip hip hooray!
Pacing run for Draycote next weekend. Pile of arse, pacing was shite, very disappointed in myself. Plus side I run 1.31 for a half and I was basically jogging chunks of it.

Next weekend will be interesting if I pace anything like this.
ps. watch time, I started near the back somewhere.
This was a PB. Good weather conditions and a good flat course. First mile was a bit of a bottle neck. Did first 9 miles in 8 minute miles. Couldn't keep it up and slowed down a bit.
Tiddly B
After racing yesterday just intended to run 1.25. However after feeling good in the first few miles pushed on and could not believe my time! Smashed my PB by over 4 minutes. Must be in better shape than I thought.
First race of the year (have only run the 3 Yateley 10ks before in my short running career). First half marathon...
Preparation all wrong, got pissed Saturday, had no breakfast before the race, set off too fast, and by mile 9 I was wondering why I was going backwards. By mile 10 I remembered I had some jellt babies in my back pocket. Dropped a couple while scrabbling to get them, managed to swallow (choke) 2 of them. I got the energy boost on the way to the pub afer the race. Just aswell....at least I could lift my pint glass!

I will run this distance faster....I will I will I will!
Onset of TMSS during race.
Could do better...
Two weeks of illness leading up to the race but I then went better than expected