Conwy Half Marathon

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Beautiful clear skies and little wind, very cold though. Snatch a quick glance at the startline, feel pretty good about my chances, and we are off…

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Put in a 1st mile of 4.53 to get an early lead, it works, but feels harder than it should. I’m muscling it. Have been doing physical labour all week and my upper body doesn’t want to stop now.

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The course is roughly 4 miles out to the Great Orme, 4 miles round it (2 up, 2 down) then 4 miles back to finish where you started. I know if I can get up the Orme in the lead, then I will be hard to beat from there, as I’m better at descending. I have a 30 sec lead at the top and so I can afford to enjoy letting go on the downhill. I look out across the sea and there is Conwy Castle and the finish line 4 miles away, this is a very scenic race.

Everything finally clicks and I am moving along nicely. With 3 miles to go, and a growing lead, the only thing I have to worry about is the two marshals on the bikes. Upto now they’ve been very professional, escorting me and clearing any screaming fans (joking) out of my way. But suddenly they get to chatting, “have you done this race?” “Isn’t the weather lovely!” “Did you watch ‘Strictly’ last night?”. I guess I should feel flattered, they have obviously concluded I have the race wrapped up and they can switch off abit. But I am still in the business of knocking out 5.05min miles. Not particularly easy, especially when you are torn between telling them to shut the hell up, knowing you will sound like an ungrateful diva, or joining in… “I don’t watch ‘Strictly’, but can’t wait for ‘Planet Earth’ tonight!”. I try and keep my mind on the job, I wonder if this sort of stuff happens to Mo Farah. I cross the line in 69.43, quite a good time on a tough course.

Great atmosphere, impeccably well organised event, thanks loads to everyone who helped out.

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It is now the real work begins, Nina has just about been managing the kids, but it is high time I started helping! Jim is great on his wee bike but is trying to launch himself off the harbour into the sea. I am chasing him around as we wait for the prize giving, kindof like a warmdown I guess. We go to a cafe to celebrate but Jim has to pull the pretty baubles off the Christmas tree, and I am trying to scoff down my chips before little El chucks them all  gleefully on the floor. I had wanted to donate all my prize money to Nina to do something nice with, as she is just constantly supporting me and getting nothing but the odd free banana in return. But life had other ideas, I’ll tell you bout it on the next post…

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4 thoughts on “Conwy Half Marathon

  1. Good read buddy and well done on another great result. A little surprised and disappointed you don’t watch Strictly though! You might be on it with a few more victories ; ).

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