Bideford’s half marathon has rolled around again and this year I was really looking forward to it. I had a clear goal to beat (Last years time) training was a lot better and I was going into it injury free. The aim was to finish in around a 1:40 sort of time. Last year I managed a 1:56 and my current PB for a half sat at 1:51
As with every other race morning it started with getting up and trying to get some breakfast down. I’ve still not worked out a trick for wanting to eat right away, especially when you know your only doing it because you need to not necessarily because you want to. Anyway down went a bowl of cereal and a couple of pieces of toast, washed down by a nice big cup of coffee.
With that it was time to get changed meet our friends and head on down to the race start, which was packed with runners. This is the first year we’ve had to collect our timing chip rather than it be attached to the back of the number. I was expecting to see a nice long queue of people waiting for there chips but actually I walked straight to my line waited 2 seconds and was handed my number and a couple of cable ties.
The race itself was very fun. Last year when we were all told this was a flat and and branded “swift” course I completely disagreed until I did the Great West Run in Exeter which has some very nasty hills in it. All of a sudden the Bideford course is a lot nicer route and I really felt like I could open up. Unlike previous races nothing went wrong and it was a nice day to be out running. Not to cold, a tiny bit of wind on an almost entirely sheltered course. I think the only thing that I didn’t like was the tight start line, getting nearly 1,200 people through a tiny bit of road was a bit difficult and slow. The organisation of the T-shirts was better as well this year rather than having big queues around the finish area they were a short walk over by the clubhouse.
Overall a very well organised event and a very fun day out running
My final time was 01:45:34. Beating last years time by 11 minutes and my half marathon PB by 6 minutes. It makes me look forward to doing this again next year.