HRRL Race #4 - Gosport Half Marathon 2015

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Only 2 weeks after the Lordshill round, the Gosport Half Marathon presented highly contrasting weather. Strong westerly winds were gusting off the sea made the outbound legs of the 2 lap course, along the top of the Lee-on-Solent seafront, very challenging! We all congregated at the start line in Browndown road and following a few encouraging words from the mayor of Gosport and a minutes silence, in remembrance of the Paris terrorist attacks two days previously, the hooter sounded and we were off.

The first couple of miles proved tricky as everyone tried to gauge the likely impact of the wind. I had a sub-75 min target in mind based on my run at the Lordshill 10 a couple of weeks before. Reaching the first turn around at the Hillhead end of the course in a decent size group, that target looked optimistic, but not out of reach (5:47/M versus a target of 5:41/M).A speedy return back downwind broke up the bunch leaving myself, Ben Pitman of Lordshill RR and a couple of Kent AC athletes pushing each other on. We made the turn at 6.6 mile onto the second lap improving the average pace closer to the 75min mark (5:44/M). The second upwind leg was a considerably harder effort than the first.

The group stayed together playing a cat and mouse game with each other and the wind. Running in a straight line meant aiming roughly in the direction of Hillhead sailing club off to the left further along the coast,  any lapse of concentration frequently resulted in an inadvertent elbow barge to the runner alongside as the wind pushed you sideways! The second turn around at 9.8M saw the overall average pace drop to 5:49/M and at that point sub-75 minutes was going to be a big ask. Never the less we pushed on, the perceived effort reducing running with the wind but the legs feeling the 10M worth of fatigue, I wanted to go faster but my legs wouldn’t turn over any quicker! Towards the end of the seafront prom section there was still 3 of us together before I put in a decent surge coming up back through the last water station and broke clear. In the end it wasn’t enough to claw back the time to get under 75 minutes, but it wasn’t without trying (a 5:24 final mile). Overall I felt it was a very strong run and a good return for 6 weeks of largely aerobic only easy running, hopefully this approach will continue to pay dividends in the run up to spring marathon training

The club results are shown in the table below. There was a great turn out for the club with 7 ladies and 10 men, so a full A & B team on both fronts!  

Particular congratulations to Carlo Caputo who completed his first ever half at Gosport in 2.12.24 as the first of his 4 race series (culminating with the London marathon) run in aid of Crohns & Colitis UK. His fundraising page can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=carlocaputo

Position

Firstname

Lastname

Cat Pos

Time

Chip Time

16

Alastair

Pickburn

12

01:15:51

01:15:51

45

Frank

Handy

29

01:20:40

01:20:40

81

Andy

Chase

9

01:24:48

01:24:43

234

Fiona

Lynskey

12

01:32:29

01:32:23

321

Becky

Hollowbread

7

01:35:54

01:35:12

342

Michael

Mccabe

3

01:36:29

01:36:13

497

Matt

Cafferky

204

01:41:49

01:41:30

742

Noreen

Henderson

1

01:49:16

01:48:31

755

Julian

Smith

35

01:49:58

01:49:33

768

Alan

Grout

37

01:50:18

01:49:30

894

Sue

Wearne

13

01:54:47

01:54:01

946

Christopher

Mead

121

01:56:34

01:56:10

985

Sheila

Nash

20

01:57:58

01:57:13

1170

Judith

Bedford

3

02:05:01

02:03:30

1251

Claire

Knox

9

02:09:12

02:07:41

1298

Howard

Paskins

24

02:11:56

02:10:24

1316

Carlo

Caputo

367

02:13:07

02:12:24

 

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