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Sunday 20th October – Bridlington Half Marathon


From Neil Charlton:

Having being warned by an email of impending road closures by the organisers (due to the Yorkshire marathon near York) an earlier start than normal was required to get over to Bridlington. No road problems actually materialised on our diversion so we ended up getting there quite early.

On a pleasant but blustery day 638 runners competed in the annual Bridlington half marathon. On a gently undulating course (of which the first 8 miles has a net gain in height) the Otley contingent led by Richard Smith powered through the windy conditions. Starting on the sea front and heading inland on a loop through the villages of Flamborough and Bempton before decending back into Bridlington with a lovely view of the finish and the sea. I was personally a little disappointed with my time but the course got the better of me. At least I know my Plantar fasciitis is on the mend and I can get back to some proper training.

The race was won by Marius Ionescu (Altrincham & District A C) in an impressive 01:09:57. First lady was Helen Cross, Pocklington Runners, in 1.23.08

For the mighty Otley AC РRichard Smith (128.57), Howard Jeffrey (134.42), Neil Charlton (138.45), Tom Hannah (151.24), David Hainsworth (156.30) (all chip times)

Full Results Here

  1. #1 by Howard on October 21, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Well done to all the guys. I was optimistically hoping to finish around 1.30 (as last year) and was on course till about 8 miles. Then the lack of running specific training and the wind caught up with me. Comparing last year’s times of people I know, I reckon the wind added between 3 and 4 minutes which may some comfort for Neil. My ‘done OK time’ was under 1.35 so just made it
    All in all a lovely day at the sea-side!

  2. #2 by David Hainsworth on October 21, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Our plan was to go up the A64 and approach Brid from the north but the weekend closure of this road near Malton scuppered that. Fortunately Tom Hannah used to live in Brid and guided us on a surprisingly quick route ‘through the lanes’ to arrive in good time for the race – and straight to the Ship Inn in Sewerby immediately afterwards – although we did (very) briefly consider a paddle in the North Sea. I was targetting a sub 1.55 and despite tapering (missed the previous days handicap) the conditions just got the better of me too

  3. #3 by reid haddow on October 21, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    You were all a credit, hope you all enjoyed it, not an easy course, but you all did Fantastic. “up the “Black and Whites”

  4. #4 by Ian Fisher on October 21, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    I did wonder which pub Dave, Tom & co went in post race. Up the Black and Whites!!!! Nice to see a group out in Brid. Okay-ish nightlife I seem to remember once.

  5. #5 by Richard Smith on October 21, 2013 - 5:21 pm

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  6. #6 by Richard Smith on October 21, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Another victim of the elements. Agree with Dave and Howard, relentless conditions for running in particular the last mile or so along the promenade due to the strong head-wind. I was too knackered to even have a dip in the sea afterwards (not for two ice creams though!)

    Well done to the black and whites who ran.

  7. #7 by Tamara on October 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Didn’t you all have a lovely time?!

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