Nick our talented duathlete, he decided to put his running ability to the test competing in the Bexhill half marathon. He raced from the front and finished in a impressive time of 73 mins. This is Nick account of the race.
‘This was just meant to be a pre-holiday indulgence, a nice little trot around the coast which would in some way relieve the guilt of going on holiday the same day to Morocco and not training for 4 days. Well it proved far more memorable than that for many reasons. Choosing to do a half-marathon a few hours before jetting off on holiday did present some logistical challenges (like having to go to Gatwick twice in one day) but it’s great to do well in a race and then chill out on holiday.
The course in Bexhill is a simple 4 lapper along the coastal road and path and with a little dip into a park for each lap. It’s only been going for 3 years but has already built up a good following. Just before the start there was a torrential downpour which meant that the course was slippery underfoot and we were all happy to hear the crack of the starters gun.
Almost immediately I built up a nice lead and before the first bend (maybe after less than a kilometre) it seemed fairly obvious that this was going to be a time trial rather than a race. Thankfully the lead cyclist stayed in front of me for the entire duration and cleared a path all the way round. I took the first lap really conservatively before opening up on the 2nd. At the start of the 3rd the heavens opened in a major fashion. The rain was so thick and fast it was actually impossible to keep my eyes open for more than a second at a time and I can never recall rainfall like it ever before in either training or racing. For whatever reason this seemed to have no impact at all on my running and I started the 4th lap knowing that both a half-marathon PB and course record were mine if I could stay the pace. Fortunately I managed both finishing in 73.36, in front of fellow GB duathlete and rising younger star Josh Varney.
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