So well here we go again. I love this lil' gem of a course. Sure it has hills and stuff but they are gentle, or if not gentle then they are short and that is easily offset by the lovely downhill sections that seem to go on for miles. The scenery is fantastic, the atmosphere's light, and the weather could have been a lot worse, that's for sure.
Arrived in plenty of time, so had a quick chat with the rest of the mighty GVH crew, and a quick pinklepause, before shuffling up to the start, and settling into the 1:45-2:00 pen. We were out to beat Krim's pb of 1:54:26 (8:43mm), and this was definitely on the cards as Krim has been lengthening his long run at the weekends and somehow managed to lose about 7lb since Watford!
Bumped into none other than the inimitable Marcphilips, who was on fine form. Here to battle his fellow Striders in their half marathon club champs. Looks like he had a result 'cos after the start i never saw him again!
Also there was one of Garden City Runner's finest... none other than the international globetrotting marathon superstar, soon to become a 1/2 ironman, rocking up for his 82nd half marathon... ladies and gentlemen i give you Dave 'the rave' Heal!! \o/ Dammit should have got a picture at the end...
Loads of support throughout the whole course from all the GVH bods... you guys are totally awesome! Thanks!
Thanks for Pic DT :o)
Krim was really on fire, easily pushing under 8mm for the flat and downhill bits and we were looking comfortable after the two main hills were behind us with an average under 8:30mm about 1:50 pace. Great we still had the awesome downhill mile at the end to come!
Cheers 4 pic Suzie (Mile 11.5 or so)
About 400 yards or so after this pic was taken, from what i could gather Krim was getting twinges in his calf, and it was really hurting him. It took about 3/4 of a mile of me badgering him before he finally stopped and stretched out his calves. We slowed down a lot then, i mean we can go for a pb anytime right... just avoiding a more serious injury is the name of the game in this situation obviously. We were bristling with energy aswell having necked a couple of gels :o)
Anyways we kept best speed on the downhill, towards the finish, and what a finish area, the crowds were fantastic, really enjoyable :o)
I was keeping Krim from legging it, making him take short strides and this was mainly because despite the calf problem, we were so far ahead Krim still bagged a new pb, by nearly three mins, finishing by my watch in 1:52:25... nice one Krim!
...So so medal
Banana, muesli bar and water in the goodie bag... Not fantastic but better than the nothing at all, like at watford!
Clare was there with my bag not long after we finished, which was great, had our recovery smoothies and warm clothes handy which was awesome. Great to have some family support there for a change :o)
Krim, turns out had quite tight ITBs, which were quite tender and so i gave him my foam roller and showed him how to work it out... And it was on both calves so that's a good sign, might just be all the hills, and or the tighness in other parts :o)
Hope he's ok tomorrow.
Just checked the results and 36 mighty GVH... great turn out eh!
Full results HERE
Jantastic targets set, went for 5k parkrun target seemed the easy option.
Herts Vets XC 16th March, over in Royston :o)
Video of Berko Half HERE
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