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Phil Humphries, Aicha Thomson and her friend, Alan Reid, took part in the third instalment of the 2008 East Coast Half Marathon Series – the previous races being held in Dunfermline and Edinburgh. The weather held on a revised and generally well received course. Phil had a stonking run; yet another PB and coming in 3rd in category while Aicha and Alan also had excellent runs – well done to all.
Aicha said: “The terrential rain stopped just after the gun to make for a run with lots of puddles but perfect weather as the clouds lifted and there was a cooling breeze. The route was downhill overall which made for a good, easy run starting with a lap of Camperdown Park and mainly following the shore from the West of Dundee to Broughty Ferry castle. The event was well organised and the finish at the castle with views to the sea was really rewarding. See you soon, Aicha”
Phil said: “The cold wet weather forecast for the Dundee Half Marathon did not disapoint – it started raining quite heavy abut 15 mins before the start, but at least there where plenty of trees to shleter under in Camperdown park. Standing in a huddle amongst my fellow runners at the start line felt like we were a group of penguins, but braving the worst of a Dundee summer instead of an Antartic winter. But naturally once the gun went off and we were on our way the rain stopped and sun came out and all was rosy again. Hilly start doing a lap or so of the park with lots of water jumps to negotiate helped thin the pack out, before descending onto the Firth of Tay shoreline. Pretty straight and flat from there on till the finish at Broughty Ferry. Plenty of support from the locals en-route including some lads in a car who passed by me slowly and yelled out “run Forest run !”. Apart from a short sharp shower midway (the sort that makes exposed flesh go bright pink) the conditions remained quite pleaseant and it was sunny and warm-ish at the finish line. Not so organised at the start, but very organised at the finish and almost everyone (including me) had their name mentioned over the speakers as they finished. My time (1:27.06) and position (23rd out of about 600) where sent by text to my phone within 6 hours of the end of the race – as well as a PB I also found out later I was 3rd in the male vet category !”