Haweswater Half Marathon

[Mon 8th Mar 2010] One week on from the long trip to Pocklington, the members of Blyth Running Club taking part in the Grand Prix were again on their travels, this time 30 runners and their supporters took the slightly shorter journey for the second race in the series, the Haweswater Half marathon. Starting and finishing in the small village of Bampton, a few miles from Shap, on the edge of the Lake District, the course is basically a hilly out and back affair from Bampton, along the side of Haweswater Reservoir to Mardale Head and back. On a glorious day for running, cold with vary little wind and clear blue skies, the views over the surrounding mountains were stunning if one took the time to admire them.

First back for Blyth was again Robbie in 13th overall with a time of 1:19:56, followed by Peter Brown with 1:21:26 for 19th place. Steve Richardson, this time not having any mechanical problems on the way to the event, had a good race to finish as third Blyth runner in 83rd overall with 1:30:41. First lady back was Susanne, 144th overall in 1:36:46, followed by Heather Christopher in 188th with 1:40:12.

Julie Lemin and Peter Brown both managed half marathon pbs, remarkable running on a course with over 1600ft of ascent and descent bring on the flat courses. Special mention to Terry McCabe, whose time of 1:35:04 gave him 2nd V60, only 35 secs off first place in his age category. Blyths contingent of 30 runners was also the most from any one club taking part.

The Blyth results and the Grand Prix tables can be found in the Grand Prix section of the web site. The full results can be found at ukresults.net