Report from Sean O Halloran: On Sunday I travelled down the M1 again but this time to Silverstone Race Circuit for the Silverstone Half Marathon. This was to be my first pure road race in 18 months and I can confirm I still much prefer off-road running and racing.
I had done this race twice before and knew what to expect, a flat course in appearance but total elevation gain was just under 300 feet, so not pancake flat. Before the start the weather conditions were cold and foggy, however with 30mins to go the sun broke through and we were bathed warm in sunshine for the whole race (sun burn to prove it).
There were about 7000 runners on the day and an elite wheelchair race. I slotted in around the 2hr mark, this was my target. I was bang on pace for a 1:58 finish time up until mile 7-8, I tried to remain on pace but it was not to be on the day. Slightly disheartened with not finishing under 2hrs (have to do another road half now and try again) I was determined to get a PB. The final miles were not pleasant but I did manage a PB of over 2 mins so relatively happy. The highlight of the day was meeting up with family and friends and watching my brother complete his first half marathon in 02:30:54, nice one Shane !!
In the men’s wheelchair race David Weir took the win in 46:53 while Jade Jones smashed her own course record as she won the women’s wheelchair race in 58:55.
The winner was Michael Aldridge of Wootton Road Runners in a time of 73:07. The first woman to finish was Nicki Nealon of Huncote Harriers in 83:00.
I finished in 4397th in a time of 02:12:20.
That’s one road PB ticked off this year, next week in Thirsk 10 and fingers crossed for another PB.