Wolverhampton Marathon and Half-Marathon – 4th Sept 2011

Mike Scotney reports: Coming into the Autumn season, this race is handily timed to gauge fitness after what can often be a sluggish July and August!

Personally I’ve been concentrating on doing some long, slow runs in advance of the Chester marathon next month so after having declined both beer and curry at a beer and curry night, the evening before (which was a challenge in itself!), I was looking forward to putting in a sustained effort to see whether speed could match the stamina!
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It was ideal running conditions, a little drizzly and not too warm, as Nathan, Andy and I discussed tactics whilst getting lost around Wolverhampton. Note to self – next year arrive earlier; we had trouble parking and then found we were still in the toilet area at 9.13 (for a 9.15 race start!). So towards the back of about 1000 runners we bobbed and weaved for the first few miles trying to burst out of the glorious urbanised areas of Wolverhampton.

It’s an odd race in a way; a mixture of half marathoners, marathoners, relay runners and cyclists (of whom I believe Gareth had a little altercation later in the race), but after about 4 miles the field settled down and we hit a section of off road and housing estate running, which actually helped in retaining concentration. I was aiming for 7 minute miling, which Andy and I hit on the nail for the 10km split, and feeling good with long runs under the belt, I kicked on in a hilly section following various ‘A’ roads back into Wolverhampton.

It’s an undulating and reasonably challenging course, with a bit of a cruel gradual ascent circumnavigating a large Park to finish, but a really good test of fitness. The support, both in having ample water stations and from the watching locals, was excellent; it feels very much like you are part of a well-organised event. Definitely one for the calendar again next year

I was very pleased with a resulting 1.31, and the OCD was even more pleased that it was achieved at an average of exactly 7.00 mins per mile! Congratulations to a good BVH turnout; Gareth came a fantastic 6th overall, Caroline achieved a fantastic PB and was 3rd female, Stuart did another sub 1.30, Andy knocked nearly 8 minutes off his PB (if memory serves correct), Maggie PB’d (and was 13th female overall), the list goes on …..

Also, congratulations to Ed Hartley and Terry Doherty who ran the full marathon. Ed was 1st in his age category with an amazing 3.11!

Results (chip times)

Half Marathon (PDF of results):

6th Gareth Cadd 1.17.46
45th Stuart Pearson 1.29.02
46th Caroline H-Marks 1.29.03
59th Mike Scotney 1.31.28
65th Chris H-Marks 1.31.45
81st Andy Hoole 1.34.24
137th Matt Slater 1.38.42
197th Maggie Curtis 1.42.50
204th Nathan Jones 1.43.11
276th Michaela Thompson 1.47.57
423rd Primo Zavoli (Chi Chi) 1.56.49
430th Nicola Morris 1.57.03
494th Lesley Proctor 2.00.59

Marathon (PDF of full results):

23nd Ed Hartley 3.11.09
101st Terry Doherty 3.43.32

3 Replies to “Wolverhampton Marathon and Half-Marathon – 4th Sept 2011”

  1. Thankyou Mike for your informative and succinct Report. Another `good day at the office` for BvH runners and some wonderful personal mile-stones. What breakfast cereal is Ed Hartley on?
    Barrie Roberts

  2. I couldn’t believe it when Ed, who I knew was doing the full marathon whilst I was only doing the half, passed me at about 8 miles. I just thought “I hope he knows what he’s doing”. Obviously, he knew exactly what he was doing.

    Well done to everyone mentioned above, and to Michaela for her PB too. A lot of good runs on a somewhat hillier than advertised course. 🙂