Carol Stirrat took it upon herself to run a number of half marathons this autumn and turned out a selection of very consistent times. Carol had also entered for the Jedburgh Half marathon but didn’t compete as she was unwell. Carol’s kindly commented on each race so hopefully will whet your appetite for some of these events next year.
Glasgow – music galore – “I had a bit of a nightmare getting to central Glasgow through the traffic congestion. Will definitely take the train next time as a result! However, once in George Sq, there was a great atmosphere to start the proceedings, with pretty good support all the way round the course, including the Scottish barbarian drummers – was tempted to stop and have a wee jig. Not so sure about the 3 course lunch for £2.50 though. Eech.”
Moray – “One of the few to hold a 10K, ½ and full on the same day. Unfortunately, the organisers were pretty disorganised in terms of issuing numbers. Arrived at the town hall pretty early for a good stretch but unfortunately had to spend most of the time queuing for my pre-registered number and then for the loos. Got to 2nd in line for the loos after about half an hour to be told the coaches were about to leave for the start. ½ hr later I managed to join another queue a much needed pee.
Mainly a flat route with a couple of gentle hilly sections.
A little frustrated with Moray due to the number of cars passing by on route. However, managed to get 1hr 57 so pretty pleased once I reached the finish line. I would run Moray again, purely for the massage you can have at the end of it! Lots of masseurs/masseuses offering a 20min massage for a nominal charity fee – It was just wonderful! : )”
Dumfries – “The 28th Dumfries Half Marathon, the oldest race of its kind in the country still organised by the same club, Dumfries Running Club “another v. beautiful run starting at the park and heading down to the estuary and back. Fairly hilly in places but quite varied giving you a rest on the downhill sections. A little disappointed with the mug memento on arrival at the finish line but pretty well organised other than that.”
Oban – “Oban was great. What a beautiful run and the weather was perfect – blue skies and sunny, at least up until mile 12 when the skies opened. Smallest event I’ve ran in with only 84 runners competing. Plus pretty varied with good spread of ages and the majority female, apparently.
The organisers, Atlantis Leisure, claim the Oban half is ‘almost a flat run’. I reckon almost needs to be in italic and bold! There’s a pretty tough spicy little cycle path embroiled in the run at mile 9 or 10 – steepest little path I’ve come across in a while! A truly beautiful run with gorgeous fresh fruit salad and a nice wee medallion awaiting us at the finish line topped it all off. Fabulous. I got 1 hr 57mins so v. pleased with that.”