Category Archives: Half Marathon

The Dirt Half

By Adam Haylock


Many months ago when the sun was shining and the days were long, Glen sent out a message to see who fancied running the Dirt Half this year. Apparently it fills up early so I thought “why not?”, and entered.  Throughout the summer I have continued to avoid hills and any kind of long runs until a couple of weeks ago when I stepped up my training and put in one 10 miler and a single 13.1 mile test run. What gets me about half marathons is that all of a sudden you have to start taking it seriously – proper training, fuelling, hydration and improved race tactics, so the preparation started the night before by only drinking 4 cans of Stella. read more

Great Eastern Half Marathon

On 10 May 2009 I ran 1 hour 21 mins and 10 seconds for the half marathon in Leeds.  I felt on top of the world that day and really didn't think I'd ever beat that time.  Fast forward to 2014 and things have been clicking.  I've been running times that I didn't believe I'd ever be able to and absolutely loving it. 

I know I should have been with the rest of the team in Cassiobury Park, but I selfishly signed up for the Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough.  I'm (slightly) ashamed to say I've been picking races recently that are flat and this one looked perfect.   read more

Silverstone Half Marathon

Those of you that have been following Ruth Conquest's progress over the last few months will be pleased to know that despite the difficulties she had last Wednesday night, Ruth was able to complete the Silverstone half marathon on Sunday. It was by far the longest race she has ever done and shows great determination to get around the course in two hours and forty-five minutes.

Half Marathon Weekend

Last Sunday seemed to be the ideal day for clubs to host half marathon's, in preperation for the upcomin London marathon and eight LBAC runners were out running in three different races. The furthest distance was travelled by Joby Hobbs, who went down to Bath for their prestigious race. Despite having had an up and down last six months, Joby managed a PB over the 13.1 miles and completed the course in 1:25:19, finishing 280th out of over 10,000 runners.

In the Berkhamstead Half Marathon Chris Norman took to the streets and ducked under 1.30 for the first time with 1:28:44 despite spending Saturday sobering up after developing a new nickname on Friday at the bowling! Jane Sauer and Louise Flack also both ran with Jane achieving a new PB of 1:52:23 off the back of an injury prone winter and Louise clocking 1:52:44. read more

Watford Half Marathon

There were some excellent performances last weekend at the Watford half marathon as three LBAC athletes took on a race that is traditionally a warm-up towards a spring marathon.

First home was Ian Hosley, who's time of 1.28.57 was a personal best over the distance and continues an excellent run of form that Ian has had on the road. Following him back into Cassiobury Park was Fred Watt, who's time of 1.34.46 saw him finish in 293rd out 1849 runners, which is very good indeed for our leading V60. The third and final person to cross the line for the club was Jill Richardson, who was delighted to smash five minutes of her previous best time over the distance to complete the 13.1 miles in 1.43.48. Apparently they are all looking to continue their strong form in the Milton Keynes half marathon in March. read more

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