CTS Pembrokeshire Coastal Marathon & 36th Rotary Heritage Coastal Run

To avoid clogging up everyone’s inbox I thought I’d condense my last two events into one report.

Last weekend, 28th April, I ran the CTS Pembrokeshire Coastal Marathon. Incredibly the weather was fantastic – indeed a little warm – which showed off the coastline beautifully. The route consisted of undulating terrain and had the most spectacular views. The route started at Little Haven and covered a total of 29.3 miles. As with all CTS events everything was well organised and the route well signed. The small picturesque village of Little Haven was a hive of activity afterwards with everyone sitting outside the pubs and cafes. Apparently Pembrokeshire weather is not always this good!

The winning time was 3:49:21. I finished in 4:58:09 – 28th overall and first F50.

Yesterday Mel and I, together with our dog Cassie, went to the Suffolk coast for the 36th Rotary Heritage Coastal Run. The Rotary Club put on 3 courses – marathon, half marathon and 6 miles, all three events starting at Thorpeness. The marathon started first at 9:15am with the half marathon starting 15 minutes later. By now it was already rather warm with no breeze! First 6 miles or so were along the coast – sand/shingle – then the half marathoners turned off whilst the marathon continued with a 13 mile road loop, before rejoining the half marathon route. As the day progressed it became very warm. Fortunately there were 12 checkpoints all supplied with plenty of water. The winning men’s time was 3:15. I finished First Lady in 3:57 (can’t remember the respective seconds) winning a silver plate which I now need to get engraved (and more importantly remember to return next year!).

Mel and Cassie completed the half marathon. Poor Cassie was extremely hot – undoubtedly slowing Mel down by having to drink copious amounts of water at the various water stations.

All in all a good day out. There were almost a thousand entrants between the three races – walking options were also catered for. The event was friendly and well organised with the three routes well signed.

Tara