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Sunday 15th March – North London Half Marathon


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Report from Frank Beresford: I decided to have a trip to London to take part in the first North London half marathon. The course was undulating. It started in Allianz stadium and progressed through the streets of North London taking the runner though the impressive Wembley stadium before returning to the start point. The race was well supported, with several music bands along the course to enjoy (if only very briefly!) and running through Wembley stadium was just fantastic. I managed to get elite entry for the race which was great, as I meet the legend Mo Farah, some of the Run fast runners from Kenya and received free food which is always a bonus!

There were some very strong runners field (who all seem to have raced and been beaten by Ian Fisher). At the start line I felt proud wearing the Otley AC and progressed well during the first half of the race for a 71 minute half marathon, unfortunately I seemed to have got a bit distracted when I run through Wembley ( I think I was enjoying myself a bit too much!) and slowed down. The latter stages of the race where uphill with a slight headwind, this meant I was unable to make up for time lost at mile 7 and 8 to get a PB. Due to this I decided to relax and just enjoy the race. I finished 10th and was just beaten to the line in a time of 73.36. I was happy with the performance as my aim was to finish in the top 10 of the race. Overall it was an exhilarating experience. I am however feeling the effects of maybe racing too much, so I will be resisting the urge to race for a few weeks to get some solid marathon training in my legs!

The race was won by Peter Limo, Run Fast, in 65.35 and first lady, in 19th, was Gladys Lato, also from Run Fast, in 76.22. Results

  1. #1 by Shane on March 18, 2015 - 7:16 am

    Great write-up Frank and well done. Sounds like a good day out in the smoke. Otley is proud of you too for getting stuck in with the big guns.

  2. #2 by Matt P on March 18, 2015 - 8:10 am

    Impressive performance in a class field. Well done Frank, we are all proud of you.

  3. #3 by Graham on March 18, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Great stuff Frank, good to be wearing your home town vest against the big boys. Sounds like an interesting route too using Wembley.
    Not long to go, sounds like you’ve your head screwed on when it comes to London marathon training and not burning out.

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on March 18, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    I agree with President Matt P, your performance in London is good , 73:36 is an excellent result that only few runners will ever achieve. About Ian Fisher , he has dominated races all around the north of England for at least 10 years , an athletic runner , and I would say after Eric Smith , I have never seen so far nobody fast and powerful like Ian F. Well done Frank.

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