A Tale of Three Halves

White horses, shell suits and High-fiving Henry VIII

James Bell, Caroline Mann, Laura Brine & Sam Dear

The 29th March will be remembered by many racing that day as the windiest for some while. Over most of the southern part of the UK, gusts reached an energy-sapping 40 mph. Added to the atrocious weather was the early start due to British Summer Time.

In Oxfordshire James Bell was competing in the White Horse Half Marathon, a race which he’d done previously. James takes up the story from here: read more

Reading Half

By Pete Mackrell

On Sunday, Simon and I traveled down to Berkshire to do the Reading Half. Simon was of course wearing his Herne Hill Harrier hoops, but since he bought me lunch and a beer, we can forgive him. The Reading Half race is one of the largest halves in the country with around 15,000 runners, and it tends to attract a good helping of fast runners due to its flat-ish course, its proximity to the spring marathons and its status as the England Athletics Championship.

The trip was Simon’s idea. We had both run 74-something at the Stevenage Half in 2013 and we decided it was time to find a faster course and try to run 73-something. For me it would show me where I am in terms of London training, whilst for Simon it was another chance to test himself over a longer distance than he normally races. read more

Fast and Furious in MK

By David Killick

Okay, so maybe a bit dramatic of a title but not far from it. There was only one reason I entered the MK Festival of Run 10km and that was a PB target that has eluded me for years, the 45 minute mark. A little context for those who don’t know me: For the last couple of years my running has suffered and my times in triathlons have become slower and slower (my last 10km was 50 minutes) and although I can take age into account I had honestly lost my running mojo.  That is until I joined LBAC. read more

MK Winter Half Marathon

It would seem that a remarkable thing happened on Sunday. When you get a whole load of people out running an event there are often lots of good performances, but there's usually one or two shockers where the people concerned are somewhat disappointed with their run. I am not aware however, that any of the 17 people who raced the 13.1 miles around MK on Sunday weren't happy with their efforts.

It was certainly a chilly morning, with the mercury hovering around the 5o marker with a bit of westerly breeze coming in too, however, the cloudy skies made it feel much warmer than the parkrun the day before at the same location. It was one of those days where you really didn't want to run in just the basics, but if you were brave enough it was fine. read more

Half Marathon PB by the Sea

I hadn’t even thought about running the Gosport Half Marathon a few weeks ago. I’d got my PB at the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough at the start of October (76.56) and was delighted by beating my previous PB by 5 minutes and my previous best of 2014 by 8 minutes. 

 

It all changed when my fiancé Sarah (who was due for her half debut at the Blenheim Palace Half also at the start of October, but got ill so couldn’t do enough training) decided she wanted to go for another half before we went on holiday. I looked around for halves nearby that would be good for a beginner and the Gosport half popped out at me. The course was flat and promised great views over the Solent and it was only 20 minutes drive from my granny’s flat in Portsmouth! It was less than £20 to run so Sarah signed up.  read more

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