I have been a while reporting on the Gosport half for reasons that will become obvious by the end.
Last Sunday, Martin - my old school buddy who is just getting back to fitness after a key hole operation on his hip - and I made our way to Gosport. Neither of us had perfect training but we were keen to give it a go.
The Gosport Half is a flat course that everyone says has good Pb potential and had been on my radar for a while as a semi- local half.
We parked up very easily and made our way to the school where the HQ was and picked up our chip timers. The statutory loo stop done we meandered round the corner to the start. Conditions were perfect, it was slightly overcast, but not freezing and we felt good to go.
The gun sounded and we were off at 9:30 pace. Well, at least for the first 5 miles or so. Accross the airfield and back again Martin and I were pretty well together - though Martin's pedigree began to tell as he nudged slightly better splits than me. The short pavement stretch after the airport finally saw Martin pull ahead and I began to tighten up - and as we went back accross the airfield the second time I saw him a couple of minutes ahead of me at one of the turns.
The final few miles along the coast were quite hard but I hung on to the end.
We made the slow journey out of Gosport and I waited for the times to come in - my garmin wasn't on form as it seemed to stop at one stage.
Up till that point I would have given the race a very high rating. Flat route, fantastic marshalls at every turn and a great goody bag, but as I went on line to check the results there were some comments about the timing chips not working due to some media interference.
And yes, I was listed as a non starter!!!
(Martin came round in 2:06 and was thrilled after his hip op just to have finished!!)
What's more I don't remember anyone's number around me as I finished becuase they are all on the front.
So all in all, Gosport is lost in time and space.
Post Gosport I have continued to run, but now need another target to aim for - I did a 6 mile loop this morning in glorious (but chilly) conditions and a 5k loop the other evening.
I think I will probably enter Wokingham again and hope for better luck with the weather next February, but I will stick to my promise to my wie of no more marathons next year.
You can't win them all.
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