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Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon
Sunday 6th March 2011
Garry Hill

Silverstone Half Marathon 6th March 2011

Iíd run the track at Silverstone a couple of time previously for the Silson Joggers 10k but this was my first time doing the half marathon there and my first time running in C&C colours. Things started badly when the A421 was closed and we had to detour but thanks to our friends at Tom Tom that was soon sorted. What started as a cold cloudy morning soon improved as the first glimmers of sun broke through while waiting on the pit straight.

The Ďstarting gridí was clearly marked out with sections for expected finish times and the RW pace makers were out for those that wanted to use them. Just before the race started the sun came out and brought a much brighter aspect to the whole experience. The course was made up of one lap of the GP track, into the pit lane, onto the inner tracks, out onto the access roads and finished with an anticlockwise route of the circuit. I suppose for some this may not be the most inspiring of courses but for a die-hard F1 fan like me it was heaven. Great to see the construction of the new pit complex up close. The only problem was resisting the urge to clip the apex of corners and make an engine noise while speeding away.

Spectators were well catered for and could gain vantage points at various places around the track to see the action and cheer runners on, access for my wifes wheelchair was fine in the areas close to the start/finish line. Personally, I didnít get a PB but I got the sub 2hour that I aimed for and came away feeling fit and strong Iím sure something that was aided by the Tuesday sessions at C&C.

Garry Hill 13/03/11

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