‘Stur Half’ – 29 July 2012
Kelly Williams reports on her latest Stur PB run.
Swanage – 14 July
Swanage Half Marathon
– Started in hazy sunshine, got drowned in a massive cloudburst through
the middle, and finished under blue skies! Had to walk many of the
uphills much to my annoyance. Last year I'd run the whole way. In
short, a disappointing race.
Sturminster Newton – 29 July
After the disappointment of the Swanage Half two weeks earlier when I
had to walk far more than I would have liked, I set myself the goal of
running every step of the ‘Stur Half’ no matter how slow I got. With
this in mind I decided time wasn't important and that I wouldn't look at
my watch during the run. I also had the aim of carrying out my
chiropractor’s instruction of hammering my body before returning to see
A couple of miles in and I could hear music. At first I thought it was a
marshal with a radio, but then after passing the marshal I realised the
noise was still coming from ahead of me. Eventually I caught up with the
culprit who had a device strapped to her arm but without any
headphones. I asked her to turn it down to be considerate to those
runners who prefer not to have music. Whether she did or not I don't
know as fortunately my pace soon took me out of earshot!
Then a couple of miles later I was following two people who were
obviously running together, both wearing earphones. We passed a sign
indicating we were approaching a water station. The person on the right
put her arm behind her and started to pull something out of her pocket
whilst turning to her companion. I guessed she was trying to retrieve a
gel and find out if her friend also wanted one. Now the road at this
point was fairly narrow and a car was trying to come in the opposite
direction. It was travelling slowly and beeping its horn. Now I don't
mean little beeps, but great big long beeeeeep, beeeeep, beeeeeep! The
woman in front of me was oblivious and in the car’s path. If I had been
a bit closer I would have tapped her on her shoulder but I was just a
bit too far back. The car stopped, still beeping. Just as the woman
reached the car she turned and saw it and pushed her hands onto the
bonnet. It could have been a lot worse.
A little further on, and the first rain shower came. This was quite
refreshing but the dirt on the road quickly turned to mud and was quite
Halfway, and I was feeling good. I resisted the urge to look at my watch
reminding myself that time was not important. Also, I knew the second
half of this race would be slower than the first so didn't want to get
any hopes up!
I then could see Annemarie ahead of me. Was I running out of my skin or
was Annemarie in trouble? I caught up with her just after the 7 mile
marker and checked she was OK. She told me she was just taking it easy.
I carried on.
I got to 10 miles and could feel the road heading up. I knew this was
the start of the long slog uphill and where I would start to struggle.
Whether it was knowing I was onto the part of the course I dreaded most,
or whether it was because I'd been pushing myself, but I started to feel
some aches in my left hip, knee and ankle.
At some point Annemarie went past me again. I tried to keep her in sight
and probably managed it for a mile or so.
Past the 12 mile marker and then the sign for the last water station. I
knew this was at the top of the hill and felt relieved. Also the aches
seemed to vanish!
Through the trees and out onto the main road for the final descent to
the finish. I opened my stride and let gravity do its thing! I turned
into the school field and found a small burst of energy to sprint to the
line passing someone on the way. I crossed the line a little
disappointed that none of the other competing WACers were cheering me on
- they were all too busy gassing and probably thought I was several
I stopped my watch and changed the display to see how I'd done – 2:01.
That can't be right it must be 2:07. Looked again. No it definitely said
2:01. A new PB!
This race is now something special for me. I've run it three times and
set three PBs! I'm frightened to do it again in case I spoil the