Ed Hartley report: On a perfect day for racing, me and a thousand other runners set out through the streets of Taunton, right and lefting it till we hit the straight smooth tarmac of the open road, with nice long pulls to the halfway (quarterway?) point.
Then off the main road, on to country lanes, passing through villages, and onto the A38, for about a mile and a half. This is the only flaw in the coarse, as you have to run on a narrow pathway, which would be a problem if you had some serious overtaking to do, thankfully I didn’t, though I can’t speak for the swearing runners behind me. At around eleven miles there is a nice bonus of a drop through some shady trees, giving some respite before the final run in.
The men’s race was won by: Peter Monaghan M45 of Torbay AC, in a time of 1:14:52. Second was Arran Tocknell, also of Torbay AC, in a time of 1:15:9.
The woman’s race was won by: Vicky Pincombe F35, in a time of 1:20:04. Second was Ann Luke F55 in a time of 1:21:11…….thats right you heard it correctly 1:21:11…… a new british record… and I was there…. about four minutes later…..fantastic…. not me… her… though me as well.
On a more serious note. I didn’t see any cake at the finish, not even bleeping cupcakes, fortunately I had some malt loaf in my bag, though I don’t know if it counts a cake, it’s certainly not a biscuit, try using a hobnob as emergency bluetack to stick little Johnie’s picture of a dinosaur eating granny, on the fridge….And don’t get me started on teacake.
So overall I would recommend the Taunton half to anyone wanting to get a reasonable time, or any other time.
Race website: www.tauntonmarathon.co.uk