Paddock Wood Half Marathon – Race Report


Afternoon Harriers

Sunday saw the first race in the newly resumed Kent Grand Prix and it was great to see so many harriers out running for the club again.  The KGP is all about getting numbers out in order to stop other clubs scoring points and we have always been very good at this.  Many of us had feared the worst when we had seen the weather forecast as rain and wind but other than a head wind in some stretches the conditions were pretty good for running – and the rain just about held off for us.  

As many of you know, the route itself is largely flat apart from a couple of railway bridges in the latter stages which always seem much tougher than they ought to be but it is a fast course and has good PB potential – as you will have seen from the results that Bob has sent round – attached again in case anyone missed them.    Special mention to Stewart (M55), Simon (M50), Colin (M55) , Duncan (M55) and Joy (F60) who all ran PBs to prove that it’s not all downhill once you hit 50!

For the record the winners were…
1st Man – Alexander Lepetre – Highgate Harriers 1:04:38
1st Lady – Chloe Richardson – RAF 1:13:47
Well done and thank you to everyone who ran – and also to Bob and Sam for their support around the course.  Next Grand Prix event is the Folkestone 10 on Good Friday – what better way to start the Easter weekend?  We will look to re-introduce car sharing for these races that are slightly further away so more details nearer the time.
Finally, to ensure we get a variety of race reports from different perspectives, I’ve come up with a new system for deciding who should write the report.  It will fall to the harrier (male or female) who finishes in the same position as the date of the race – i.e. if the race is on 13 March, it’s the 13th Harrier to finish who gets to write the report  (lucky escape this time Richard!).  If we don’t have enough runners to match the day, we’ll use the month (ie 5th if May, 11th if November etc etc) – so check your position carefully as it could be you next time round!