Sunday 26th October 2014
by Stephen Shaw
On Sunday 26th October I entered the Worksop Half Marathon, granted, not a very well known event, but, as it was only an hours drive and I had promised an old friend I’d run with him, I thought why not.
I trained well for the event, following a plan by Geoff Galloway which included some very demanding track sessions and the mandatory LSR’s !!
Race day came, parking wasn’t an issue which meant a short walk to the city centre. On arrival I was really surprised to see how well organised this event was, registration completed, I confidently made my way to the start. The weather appeared to be in our favour although there was a little head wind, but for the most part, we were sheltered from it.
I was told the course was quite flat, if I compared it to the Leeds Half, I would say it was flatter!! Best described as undulating, there were a few small slopes to negotiate but also some good downhill stretches to make up the time. I must admit, there was some beautiful scenery while running through Clumber Park which helped take your mind off things for a while.
I managed to maintain a good pace averaging 8:02/mi which meant I came in at 1:45:12, even managing a sprint finish and a PB that I could call my own which I was extremely pleased with.
I couldn’t help but notice a very welcome site at the finish, not that of my wife, but that of about 3 cake stalls (only kidding Sarah). I was so looking forward to getting my hands on some dirty carbs but unfortunately Sarah had other ideas !!
All in all, a very well organised event and a good course, would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to take part. No medals, a lovely T shirt and lots of cake at the finish, what’s not to like.