Waking up to rain and wind didn’t fill me with expectations of many Personal Best Performances being attained at this morning’s running of the Paddock Wood Half Marathon. Of the forty nine entries from the Club, illness and injury claimed fifteen of our number so our thirty four entries set off thankful that, at least, that the rain had stopped, although it was still windy and quite chilly. The eventual winner, Toby Lambert from Winchester, set off at a pace that nobody could match and by two and a half miles held a lead of almost a minute. The rest of the field never saw him again. The leading Harrier was John Law, finishing in 1:15:19, followed by Simon Phillips (1:23:24) in an excellent 3rd M50 position. Harriers came in at regular intervals, with Jillian Holford leading our ladies home in a new Personal Best of 1:38:56. Almost half of our contingent setting new Personal Best or Age Group figures. Those using Paddock Wood as part of their London or Brighton Marathon training must all be satisfied with their morning’s work.