London Big Half


11 Harriers made their way to London today for the Vitality Big Half. It’s a fairly new addition to the running calendar, with the inaugural running last year. Run by the same people who organise London Marathon (London Marathon events) it makes for a perfect half in the lead up to a Spring Marathon.

The course is fast and flat, starting just to the North of Tower Bridge. From there it descends in to a rather warm Limehouse Link Tunnel, before emerging on to Canary Wharf. Often this is the part of the London Marathon course where it’s starting to hurt, so it was nice to be running there much earlier in the race with fresher legs. After Canary Wharf we were back off past Wapping and toward Tower Bridge, a stretch certainly made more challenging by a strong headwind.Crossing Tower Bridge, we followed much of the first half of the London Marathon route in reverse, before finishing at the Cutty Sark. As with the Marathon the support was fantastic throughout and there was certainly no shortage of runners to chase.

Results wise, at the sharp end of the race, Mo managed a course record time of 61:15, with Charlotte Purdue winning the Women’s Race in 70:38. I was delighted to finish in 1:18:04, a new pb. From the Harriers, I was followed home by Ross Woods in 1:24:05, Matt Ferris in 1:25:04 and Tom Woolley in 1:25:55. Continuing a great run of form, Harriet Woolley smashed her pb by over 2 minutes, finishing in 1:26:22, and 50th in her age group. I’ve included the results below that I could find from the Harriers (apologies if I’ve missed any pbs).

Well done all.

Alex Jeffries


Position Position in Age Group Position in Gender Total Time
Alexander Jeffreys 271 209 256 01:18:04
Ross Woods 594 80 556 01:24:05
Matthew Ferris 670 467 622 01:25:04
Tom Woolley 737 515 681 01:25:55
Harriet Woolley 776 50 58 01:26:22
Paul Hollis 2915 254 2414 01:42:47
Hugh Stephenson 3416 1743 2760 01:45:13
Stephen Wellstead 3803 68 3016 01:47:13
Laura May Plane 6878 1396 2088 02:00:47
Janet Bird 10811 130 4569 02:24:24
Joy Croucher 10812 131 4570 02:24:25