There’s been no stopping this lady recently! For those of you that haven’t met the lovely Fiona S-B, she’s a regular at several SJ evenings in the week and can usually be spotted at a club run, intervals or tempo, where she’s usually running about making it all look effortlessly easy! Fiona kindly offered (with a little gentle encouragement) to write up the race report from Maidenhead Half Mara – my thanks as always to you kind souls that offer to help write for the blog! It’s a great read with a few SJ shout outs so read on… (Nikki)
Maidenhead Half Marathon 6th September Race Report
Having heard great things about this race, including the fact that it a) it’s flat – always an attractive feature in a course.. and b) its a lovely run alongside the River Thames in parts, I was really looking forward to the day.
On arrival my enthusiasm was only added to by the handy free parking, spitting distance from the start and being met by a crowd of cheery welcoming Sandhurst Joggers providing much needed mutual support near the race village. After a good catch up and a reasonable queue for the lady’s loos – another bonus in my book, we were off to the start.
The sun was shining and conditions were perfect as we headed off, and the course thankfully lived up to expectations. A few miles in Carl Bradshaw joined me and we pushed on together exchanging the odd chivvying comment as you do – and I think we both agreed afterwards that a hard Haribo at mile 10 probably wasn’t our best race tactic!!
Jim Laidlaw was on fire and setting the pace for us all on the day, looking mighty comfortable right to the end, and getting a PB in the bag which was fantastic. Happy to say I also had a great day and took over a minute off my previous PB, so happy day all round.
Other Sandhurst Joggers also running on the day included Ian Watson, Vicky Rice, Paul Alexander, Jon Curham, Gabrielle Bassett ( sorry if I’ve left anyone out – we were all fab!)
A quick message to Jon who after a fabulous sprint finish became unwell – take care Jon and hope you’ll be back running soon.
I’d recommend this half – a great venue and course and always an advantage when its local and lots of friendly faces to keep you company on the way round.
Thank you again Fiona! If this puts you in the mood for a half marathon race then Wokingham Half (in February) has just opened for entries – a fab local race that is always heavily attended by SJers.
Oh and whilst I’m on it – Good luck to all those that are starting to taper for Bournemouth Marathon!