Downton Half Marathon


Since coming to this small green island, Matt and I have taken the opportunity, where possible to sightsee and if we have managed to squeeze a run in, along the way – even better. So, fresh from a top 10 finish at Marden, Matt was keen to tackle another half marathon. After trawling through the available runs, we decided on Downton in Wiltshire as it was nestled on the edge of the New Forest, and I must admit I love “Downton Abbey”. (Yes, I know it’s not a real place!)

The kids were less than impressed as we loaded the address in to the SatNav. “2 hours!” was the cry from the back seat.

Anyway, as to the race. It was the most beautiful half marathon I have ever run. Certainly not one for a PB as it was extremely hilly but the scenery more than made up for the pain. There were beautiful views across the New Forest, numerous thatched cottages and wild ponies on the course. After we finished, we were rewarded with a warm cup of home made soup which certainly beats the usual banana.

So, how did we do…?

.Matt was first Harrier home, so technically should have written this report in a time of 1.27:55. I was 3rd lady after a see sawing battle with the lady who ultimately came 4th by a few seconds in 1:33:39. Neither of our times were PBs but we were pleased with the results given the challenging course. On an amusing note, the prizes were a local”Hoodie” from the Downton Leisure Centre that says “runhardeatcake”(They saw me coming!) and a trophy that had been glued together after it broke last night!

Post run nutrition was taken in the gorgeous Market Town of Fordingbridge, in The George pub. Highly recommended. After they finished off their sticky toffee pudding and Toblerone brownie, the kids decided it was worthy of a drive.

Winning male was Matthew Bennet from Southampton AC with a time of 1:16:22
Winning female (4th overall) Simone Dailey WADAC 1:19:31

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