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Haddington Half Marathon
Saturday 9th August 2014
RichHL

Some of us had a good night on Thursday night at Kedington. The climb followed by the screaming descent provided us with challenges and a some PBs and SBs. It proved excellent preparation for the Haddington Half Marathon over a similarly challenging course in beautiful East Lothian countryside. If only I'd had a little more time to recover between races.

That didn't seem to bother Nev Hawkins who stormed the course to post a new PB in 1:32:15 for 69th overall having ripped up Kedington on Thursday night. Vicki Coe was second C&C home in a shiny new 1:37:44 (99th overall, 11th woman). That's two PBs in three days for her. Triathlons seem to be good for your running. Who knew? Bernie Shannon was our third over the line and the third PB of the weekend. His 1:39:08 gave him 110th place. Dan Kitchie ran a very sensible race his 1:40:25 PB was his reward. Lynn Roberts only just missed out on a PB with her 1:41:05 (127th overall, 17th woman). She had Rob Moir of Riverside Runners for pacing and company on her way around. Rob crossed the line in 1:41:05 (129th overall). My own 1:48:05 (173rd overall) was a course PB but I'd gone too quickly at the start for my current level of race fitness at that distance and I paid for it.

The course is a very challenging one. There are periods of sustained climbing the likes of which we seldom see round here followed by quad-wrecking downhills. Very little of the course is Fenland-flat so everyone's achievements should be seen in that context. I wouldn't have said that this is a PB course at all so I'm very pleased that everyone else did so well.

The rest of the weekend was all camping and big dinners. We had a night out in Edinburgh soaking up the Festival atmosphere and getting stiff. Edinburgh is quite a difficult city for tired athletes to negotiate. If you fancy a weekend of running, camping, nice dinners and Festival fun watch this space for details of next year's trip.

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