When a half marathon starts approx. 800 metres from your parents house, it’s difficult to pass up the opportunity to run in the race, with that in mind, I booked up. I also knew that it would be a good part of my marathon training (more about that later).
The conditions for the race which was organised and marshalled by a local club Ryde Harriers, were ideal, 19 degrees, cloudy and some short lived drizzle at the beginning. It was run on and off road with some tricky hilly sections at points. I was hoping it might be more scenic, but having grown up on the Isle of Wight, it was good to see some new off road parts of the island.
The best support of the day was shown by my parents, brother and some friends in the final kilometre as I ran past their house, which was much appreciated.
There were just under 200 runners, and my chip time was 1:39.20 (41st place) whilst the first male was Matt Sharp in 1:10.35 and the first female was Charlie Metcalfe in 1:25.35, both from Ryde Harriers.
I enjoyed a post run drink and courgette and avocado cake overlooking the Solent towards Portsmouth. All in all, a good day with a simple return to my parents house for a shower, lunch and a rest.
P.S. As mentioned earlier, like many of you, I am running the London marathon in October for the Big Issue Foundation. If you are interested in finding out more or donating, please check out my link – https://tcslondonmarathon.
Thanks in advance.