Here’s a report on the Edinburgh Half Marathon – indeed the Rock n Roll Half Marathon – a live band every mile and a few mock rock stars donning the running shoes. But was it Paradise City or more like a Highway to Hell – boom boom; read on.
Three members of Team Tiree were running this event, along with support from Joe Kav and the Kav Clan, Lala, our friends/family in Edinburgh and of course the little guy Maurice.
For Anne Kavanagh this was to be the first Half Marathon and follows some dedicated training with a few runs pushing 14 miles as well as the weekly Team Tiree Brick session. We also did a block of hill work at the start of the year and more recently did some faster intervals on the beach.
A first time at this distance for Becky as well. Becky has been training at the circuit classes throughout the winter and has been clocking up increasing mileage around Tiree. Although she’s run the Tiree 10k before this represents a big step up for Becky, she’s so often stood on the other side of the fence while accompanying me to events, so it’s now her lining up on the start line, and it’s her turn to feel all those pre-race nerves.
The last half I ran was at the beginning of last season and everything else has been part of triathlon events. My half marathon PB was during a triathlon at the British Championships last year where I ran 1hr20. I was keen to see what fresh legs would yield.
Despite fears over not finishing, not being able to do it, coming last, etc etc, Becky ran the whole 13.1 miles and beat her target of 2½ hrs by finishing in 2hrs27. I was so proud of her and all that she has achieved. Becky is going on now to run the Tiree 10k later this month with her sights set on a new PB.
Anne’s hard training paid off. She was aiming at under 2hrs and managed a 1hr52 finish. The race had been a Christmas present from Joe so Happy Christmas Anne! She’s also running the Tiree 10k in a few weeks, Team Tiree is getting stronger and stronger.
I managed to stand right at the front for the start and stuck with the lead group of 5 most of the way round. A new experience for me as I usually let everyone go off the front and spend the rest of the race playing catch up. It seemed to work, I found the pace manageable and ran the first 10km in a PB of 35mins. Towards the end the eventual winner who was a female pro athlete from Portugal overtook me. I finished a minute off her time in 4th place overall and 3rd male. Delighted. Got prize money, a pair of Skechers shoes and entry to the VIP tent. How glam! Finishing time was 1hr17 so another PB and certainly bodes well for the coming season. The course was hilly so it’s got me thinking of a sub 1hr15…. If only we could be satisfied with what we’ve just done!