Jenny McNamara reports on the Yeovil half, which took place on Sunday 30th March 2014:

The day started off chilly but soon gave way to glorious (if slightly unwelcome for a half marathon) sunshine. 818 runners completed the course, which was undulating as described, with a cheeky hill at the 6 mile point providing a separate mid-race “King/Queen of the hill” competition. There were plenty of spectators on the varied course cheering runners along, and a few singers/bagpipers along the route offering plenty of encouragement. The finish line was a welcome sight, with an added surprise of a handshake from Yeovil’s very enthusiastic mayor, Manny Roper, before I could stop to catch my breath. I was especially glad that I didn’t do my usual thing on the finish line of a race this time!

Jenny McNamara and new friend at the Yeovil Half marthon

Jenny McNamara and new friend at the Yeovil Half marthon

Having considered not even toeing the start line due to a snotty nose and heavy legs, I amazed myself by somehow achieving a PB of 1.32.30- 6th woman overall and 3rd in my category (Fsenior). That was 3 mins 14 seconds off my previous PB, meaning that since joining Cheddar Running Club, I’ve knocked a whopping  20 mins 14 seconds off my BC (before cheddar) half marathon time!

So Yeovil half was the end of an era for me- I ran for the final time in my Vegan Runner’s vest, as I have changed my first claim club to Cheddar Running Club as acknowledgement of the superb training and support I have had since joining at the end of 2012. Now all I need to do is bag that sub 1.30…!

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Jenny McNamara

Road running vegan runner bean! Chair of Cheddar Running Club.

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