Report from Frank Beresford: The Bradford half marathon is a 4 lap undulating course taking the runner around the center of Bradford and through the surrounding suburbs of the city. It was a cool, cloudy and slightly windy day, but at this time of the year you cannot really expect sun! The Bradford Half marathon was well supported by local spectators, with many enjoying see the race progress over the four laps.
The race started at a steady pace. I decided after taking advice from the lads at the club not to go off too fast. I stayed with the leading pack for 9 miles letting the others dictate the pace. I decided to inject a 5.10 minute mile after the 9th mile leaving the other runners behind and continued at a controlled yet faster pace to win the race with a clear lead. Times are yet to be published, however i finished in 1 hour 15 minutes which is ok for a undulating course. I feel I could have run fast but thought it was best to “race to win” because I have a cross country race next weekend.
The event was well organized, with runners and spectators enjoying a good atmosphere.
It is clear with results from today’s races that Otley AC is a strong running.
And from Ian Broadbent:
Hi all, did the Bradford half today, since I last did it, it has changed to a four Lap course in the city centre with a lot of sharp turns and hills mainly on road and pavements. I used to like the old route but must admit the laps helped with pacing myself. Well marshalled especially given there is a 5k and 10k at the same time. The only downside was the number of curry houses you have to pass, made me very hungry by the end. After setting off with an expectation of just getting round I actually only just missed my PB. The council have tried hard to make this an annual family event , I just don’t think the route they have chosen really showcases bradford. Saw Tom Potter and Liam Dunne who came past me at a pace that suggested he got there late.