Bristol Half 2012

So this was my “B Race” for the 50k campaign, the only other race apart from the big one which I would give 100% effort and so I made sure it fell on one of my “down” weeks with just 70 miles planned for the 7 days.
As it was a race I was taking seriously I went through my standard prep which includes a 12 min light jog 4 hrs before the race followed by breakfast. (This meant a nice early 5:30 am jog around the quiet streets of Bristol!)
The weather forecast was looking a tad windy but I knew I was in good shape so planned to go out at PB pace (PB is 66:10 from Bath 2010) which meant somewhere around 5:00m/m.
Small issue at the start as I had forgotten my chip back at the hotel but Mrs Way came to my rescue ensuring both myself and my chip made it to the line before the gun went off……what would I do without her 😉

Was quite surprised to find myself still in a rather large lead pack after the first mile and thought to myself, this is good – I’m feeling comfortable and must be going quite fast as I’m still with the Kenyans! Was disappointed to find as we went through the first mile marker that it wasn’t me going fast, it was just them being cagey as we went through in 5:05…….Doh!
Things started to pick up though and after a 4:55 2nd mile we then did my fastest of the race in mile 3 with a slightly downhill 4:49. At this point I was trying to stay with a group including friends John Gilbert and Paul Martelletti. I knew John was going for a sub 66 and having run most of VLM2012 with him I knew what a strong sensible runner he is and could have done with sticking with them! Unfortunately their pace was just a little beyond me today and I had to let them go but did manage to stick in with a another group of guys which helped.
I wasn’t actually feeling that good quite early on and was having to work really hard for some 5:0x miles from around 7-10 but was still happy going through 10 miles in 50:24 that I was still on around PB pace. It was at this point that I wouldn’t say the “wheels fell off” but they did get very wobbly! The trouble with the Bristol course is that just when you have to dig in during a half marathon during the last 5k , this course gets a bit “messy” with some serious twists and turns, a number of “bumps” and also some whirling winds. ( I think thats enough excuses!). Combine this with me running on reserves and that ends up translating into some 5:10-5:20 miles for the last 3. (I also managed to lose a place in the final mile to a strong finishing Michael Skinner)
Final scores on the doors was 66:50 , 12th place overall and 7th Brit (Should be £150 prize money :-) )

Full results can be found here

Special mentions to John Gilbert for his 2nd place Brit and sub 66 PB and also to Paul Martelletti who was on for a sub 65min first place Brit until he managed to end up off course in the last mile and due to his honesty got DQ’ed for running the course short :-(

Made sure I was sensible post race with a 2 mile warm down straight after and then another 4 miles recovery late this afternoon on the treadmill in our hotel. Will pay attention to any niggles and aches this coming week but if all okay I plan on doing my last 120 mile week in prep for the 50k.

Full Garmin stats below for the race. (Had the watch set to manual lap to go with the mile markers and missed mile 9)

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