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Clarendon Half Marathon Brilliant! 3 October 2010

Jon Braund completes the set at his favourite race.

Having suffered from a bit of a lack of motivation for a couple of months, and inspired by the New Forest WAC performances, I decided I needed to get back into it. So the next day I sent my entry off for the Clarendon Half (the second half of a marathon between Salisbury and Winchester). They changed the direction of the race a few years back so this would give me the complete set of full and half marathon, each way.

The following Sunday saw me on the race bus from Winchester to Broughton, the start of the half, where we milled around in the nice dry village hall for a while before the start. At 12.15 we set off along a narrow lane in the rain and no sooner we started running than we were reduced to a walk by people at the front trying to avoid puddles. Given what the rest of it was to be like, that was the least of their worries.

We were soon into fields, footpaths, farm tracks, paths through woods even the odd bit of road (but not much). A lot of it was muddy and slippy with tracks that were, in parts, eroded and uneven so we had to concentrate on finding a footing rather than looking at the excellent views (the rain had cleared by now). I didn't fall over but I had a few cases of windmill arms that Wile E. Coyote would have been proud of!

Although there is nothing as steep as the Stickler or Beast, it is still pretty hilly. The last six miles seemed to bring climb after climb. It was challenging as part of a half marathon and I was glad not to be going the full distance - that's for next year. The finish was as well organised as everything else, with bags bussed there from Broughton.

I really enjoyed it, it was hard work but tremendous fun and the atmosphere is so friendly. It's not one to get a PB on, but the Runners World website shows the number of people giving it full marks and going back again and again. It reminded me why it is my favourite race, and why I do this running stuff.

WACers results:

Jon Braund                            01:48:01
Terry Simms                          02:17:43
Claire Scammell                   02:20:56


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