Report from Laura Hind:
Hannah and I entered Leeds half in January following a conversation about our next running targets. It also gave me something to focus on for the next few months with a goal of a sub-2 hr half marathon. Nicky had already entered, it was local, so it seemed like a good idea. Training with the girls and the club has been smooth running, injury free and has provided plenty of motivation to get out and crack on.
Race day turned out to be a lovely day, following some of the awful wind and rain we’ve had over the last week. The sun was shining, the sky was blue…what could go wrong?
The course itself was flat at times, downhill at others with a couple of crafty uphills thrown in for good measure. Let’s face it, a Yorkshire race wouldn’t be right without them. There was brilliant support out on the route, from the lady with the monster vat of jelly babies to the family with the orange segments and hose pipes. Not to mention the massive number of OAC members out there today – Sarah Jones’ cowbell was a particular highlight! Thanks follks!
Unfortunately, I think my mental strength has been a bit diluted of late and wasn’t there today to back up the physical training. Huge thanks to Hannah and Nicky for kicking my bum around the course! We crossed the line together in 2.05, not a bad time at all, Hannah still in one piece (and not moaning for once!) and Nicky pleased to have finished her first half in many years. I still have unfinished business with the distance, but as the saying goes, sometimes it’s not the destination, but the journey to it and that was definitely the case for me today.
A good turnout for OAC, with Billy, Sara R and Frank putting in a very good performance following the London Marathon just a fortnight ago. Tom H, running his second half this week, also achieved a good time. Well done also to Andy, Christian, Howard (2nd in his age category!), Julian, Eriks and Tom P (even if he had the wrong coloured vest on!)
For Stephen Boddy’s eight observations from today’s Leeds Half. and results
• I’m not sure I’ll ever be entirely happy with a run. Even after a 4 minute PB(1.40.29) my immediate and lasting thought was that I wish I’d gone 30 seconds quicker.
• Races like this remind me how good it is to be part of Otley AC. The encouragement you receive around the course is great. In particular, Gemma at Weetwood and Dominic at Horsforth put a real spring in my step.
• My hydration strategy before morning races is utterly amateur. I often end up stood at the start line with a dry mouth but also bursting for a pee.
• Christain Hosker is a gent. I witnessed him put a big dent in his own time with less than a mile left to go help a fellow runner in distress.
• I really need to check the weather forecast before races. I had a perfectly good sun hat sat in my bag.
• I have now run 9 road races since joining Otley AC and have achieved a PB in each one. Which shows the benefit of joining a club.(and how crap I was previously )
• Strava reckons I burnt 2119 calories during the run this morning. I’m pretty sure my post-race burger from Boozy Qs was worth about 3000.
• I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of receiving a medal. Even if it is for 926nd place.
20th Frank Beresford 1:18:09, 37th Julian Mawson 1:20:08, Robin Outtersides 1:23:50, Howard Jeffrey 1:52:10 (2nd V60), Stephen Boddy 1:40:29, Andy Webster 1:40:34, Christian Hosker 1:42:53, Eriks Zvaigzne 1:46:27, Billy Rayner 1:53:16, Tom Hannah 1:56:40, Sara Richard 2:03:18, Hannah Lupton 2:05:38, Nicky Gifford 2:05:38, Laura Hind 2:05:39.
Full results here. (note that searching by Club = Otley AC, brings up a few Totley AC runners too!)