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Sunday 30th October: Bradford half marathon


Report from Ian Broadbent:

I did the Bradford half today, I had originally booked 5 half marathons for the Autumn but due to injury had missed three so was determined to do this one. Its a bit of a marmite run this one really although you never know what to expect as this was the third different route in four years. On the positive side its an early start at 9.40am meaning I could get back to put a shift in on the farm and with the clocks going back it meant no sleep lost. Its well marshalled generally and is also part of a series of runs on the day meaning at one point there were us half runners as well as 5k and 10k competitors. For the half marathon it is four laps of the same undulating course which actually helped with my pace as you always know whats to come. On the negative side it does become a bit repetitive and the bit round the broadgate centre then up cobbled streets wasn’t great. Although completely traffic free there were a number of points where shoppers had to cross the route and the marshals could have done a better job on the crossings. Definitely not PB territory with a number of very tight frequent turns and the cobbles but a good warm up if you have something else planned later in the year. The other unique bit about it is the amount of runs at the same time. The half goes off first with the 5k/10k joining later meaning the 2/3 laps were pretty busy and I had the confusion of people tearing past me doing the shorter runs then I was lapping people who had chosen to walk for charity but by the fourth lap it had thinned out again meaning a good strong finish. All in all being local I would recommend it but cant guarantee what the route will be next year, they like to keep you guessing! I finished 65/198 in 1:47:23, not my fastest and not my slowest

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on November 1, 2016 - 10:09 pm

    It is a bit confusing to have all the runners around you running different races , I have done the Bradford 10k several years ago and it was just the same with frequent turns and cobbles , and I do not think 4 laps for a half marathon is ideal , a runner could struggle to keep focusing repeating the same lap time after time . Considering your 1.47 is really good , well done to Ian B.

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