According to the BBC, South Farnborough was the coldest place in the country on the morning of Sunday 22nd Jan, with a minimum temperature of -6.2C. So where was I – tucked up in the warm? Of course not! Along with the other 1800 runners, I was outside lining up for the first Farnborough Winter Half Marathon run by 209 events.
It was a challenging undulating course with a nice mix of terrain and in the winter sun, some beautiful views. After a few loops around the Farnborough Business Park, we then headed out down the roads, through South Wood Park, past Nuffield Health, along Kennels Lane, a quick dash down the towpath and back along the roads towards the finish under the Air Ship hangar.
I was hoping to try and maintain around a 7.30-7.40 min mile pace, but clearly need more practice at keeping a steady pace. As after a quick start, once the route started to climb my pace took a bit of a dive and I couldn’t quite pick it back up again. Well not until the very last mile when I managed just over a 7min mile, but that hurt!
The motivation to pick up the pace at the end was because I wanted to cross the line in under 1hr 40mins and I just did it. Coming in at 1:39:29, being 274th overall, 33rd female and 24th in my age category, proudly representing Vegan Runners UK and Reading Roadrunners. Thank you to all the lovely marshals for braving the cold and making it a great race. Also well done to everyone from Farnborough Nuffield Health on their amazing runs! Looking forward to more runs with the 6am crew as we keep training for the next half marathon!
Upon getting home there was only one thing to do – get into a hot bath full of Better You magnesium flakes to help my muscles recover and warm me up!