Kathryn Doudican reports: After achieving a PB in the Milton Keynes half at the beginning of March, I returned home in a slightly over-excited mood and decided to enter another half marathon that evening.
I would have liked to enter the Stratford half but, having a boozy weekend in Leeds planned for that date, Lichfield seemed a better option.
So May 1st arrived… The last few weeks of “training” hadn’t gone so well, incorporating a holiday and bad hay fever. I’d managed to maintain regular running but hadn’t run more than eight and half miles since before Milton Keynes. Nevertheless, I woke up in an optimistic mood and was pleased to see lots of fellow BVHers when I arrived at the event.
The course had been described as flat / undulating; in comparison to Milton Keynes it certainly seemed to be continually “undulating” to me (but I am new to half marathons). I was pleased not to be met with any big hills. It was a pleasant route: climbing up a little past Whittington Barracks, through country lanes, villages, over canal bridges and a railway crossing (no trains luckily!)
I’d planned to try to start slowly (9 minute miles), in the hope that I’d preserve some energy, settling into a slightly faster but sustainable pace as the run progressed. However, after the first few miles with the heat, hay fever and nature of the course I soon realised that the slower pace was more realistic for me. Still feeling fresh, I enjoyed the scenery of the first seven miles or so. Tiredness and the heat kicked in a little after this and I found myself counting down the miles, especially for the last three. Finishing in just over 1 hr 56, I was glad to see the finish line, my husband and some teal vested folk.
Overall the race was a pleasant route and seemed well organised and marshalled, with plenty of water stations in consideration of the hot weather. The start line seemed a little strange, backing up round a corner and up some steps.
Congratulations to Linda Howell who finished as the 3rd lady, as well as everyone from BVH who ran.
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