Race 11 - Jedburgh Half Marathon Sun 27th October 2013

Fourteen Blyth members travelled to Jedburgh on Sunday 27th October for the Jedburgh Half Marathon, the penultimate race in this season's Grand Prix. First back for Blyth was Peter Brown in 13th place with a time of 1:24:07, Jake and Jon also had good runs to give us three runners in the top 25. Cath Young was first Blyth Lady in a time of 1:45:45.

 

Pos.

Race Pos.

Name

Cat

Time

Pace

/M

Div.

Pts.

 

Pos.

Race Pos.

Name

Cat

Time

Pace

/M

Div.

Pts.

1

13

Peter Brown

M40

1:24:07

6:25

1

8

8

122

Dave Bradley

M50

1:41:08

7:43

4

12

2

20

Jake Jansen

M

1:25:12

6:30

1

7

9

159

Cath Young

F55

1:45:45

8:4

-

-

3

24

Jon French

M

1:26:47

6:37

2

8

10

214

Dave Roberts

M50

1:49:35

8:22

4

11

4

56

Robbie Barkley

M40

1:33:11

7:6

1

6

11

307

Clare Calverley

F35

1:58:46

9:4

5

8

5

70

Shaun Dodd

M40

1:35:14

7:16

3

9

12

344

Ron Ingram

M50

2:03:02

9:23

5

7

6

85

Calum Storey

M

1:37:25

7:26

3

8

13

356

Peter Maylia

M50

2:05:44

9:35

5

6

7

100

Steve Dobby

M40

1:39:02

7:33

3

7

14

380

Anne Craddock

F55

2:09:58

9:55

6

6

Total No. of finishers :- 447

 

The full results can be found at HERE

 

Report below courtesy of Steve Dobby.

Looking at the forecast for Sundays penultimate GP race at Jedburgh did not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling, however, upon waking on Sunday morning all looked well, in Cramlington anyway. I drove up to Jedburgh with Peter M and Jake J and the weather slowly turned from rather pleasant to rather wet and windy by the time we arrived.

I led the lads to the wrong place for our numbers but we eventually got sorted at the town hall. We then me up with the rest of the Blyth posse with a total of 13 souls about to brave the weather.

The weather then proceeded to confuse the hell out of me, sunny one moment then cold and wet the next, I eventually plumped for shorts and a thermal t under my vest, which I regretted within the first 10 mins of the race.

After a quick tour of the town from the start we left the A68 to run through a housing estate, dodging dog shxt as we went then it was up the usual hill within a mile of the start, the weather was nice and sunny at this point and made all the better for having some running company in the form of Calum and Dave B.

The first half was actually pretty pleasant apart from the blooming 10K competitors who turned back after 3 miles, part timers. So on we went with a little hint of what was to come on the return trip when the leaders were streaming past us on the way back at about the 6 mile mark and they were leaning into the wind ! it was great to see Peter brown and Jake J mixing it up with the leaders !.

It was time for another hill between 6 and 7 and this is where young Calum pulled away from me, I sensibly didn't try to stay with him !!!, just after the half way point as the course swung around for the return leg there was a chap giving out sweeties which I dived into , only to return with a single cola bottle, not the jelly babies I was aiming for, rats. So for the next 10 mins chewing the cola bottle took my mind off running for a bit !.

Now the wind started to make its presence felt but I was still feeling pretty good at this point and soldiered on. The long road at 9 mile was particularly testing in the wind but I was with a group of lads and we took turns taking point which helped a bit. Now fast forward to mile 11 where I was starting to tire and on the way to 12 there was a rather taxing hill that ate into my reserves of energy, once crested there was a couple of further little rises and we were back into town for the run in so I endeavoured to keep the pace up, unfortunately 4 lads got past me in this last half mile but I kept them close enough to see if I could get them on the line in a little bit of last sprint action, which is exactly what I just managed to do, wooo hooo !!!. I got in under my 1:40 target as well so was well pleased. Then it was off to cheer the rest of the gang in ! Everyone was really trying hard getting to that finish line !!! thankfully there were bananas, water, lucozade and a choccy bar on offer ! which were readily consumed !

So all in all a pretty good day, yes it was a tad windy but it is a canny course, mostly through the countryside, but the weather gods seem to know what day this race is on as the wind direction and strength was exactly the same 2 year ago !!!

Well done everyone who took part !!!

 

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