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Hexham Racecourse marathon

14/12/2015

Jacob Tangey attempted to beat Sandy’s best marathon time in the club this year with a manly attempt (At short notice) at the Hexham Racecourse Marathon. Read on for Jacob's humorous adventure

 

Prior to leaving: trust “TrafficScotland.com” that no roads are closed for trip down.

 

Prior to arriving: wade through a foot of water and decide to turn around and take another route.  Notice it is not too windy down here.  Drive to the top of the biggest hill in Hexham and park at race course, nearly have car door blown off.  Notice it is quite windy up here and not all horse tracks are flat.  

 

Prior to race: be totally disorganised (slight detour on way down), miss briefing for marathon runners, chase group to start line, realise I have no gloves and cold hands.  Walk down hill and half way round track to start line, thinking this is not going to be fun.  Notice it seems like there is no wind when you face the right direction.

 

During race:   Think, they did not mention that it was on the side of a hill!  Trust weather report that it was going to calm later in the day (they lied), run a race surrounded by people yet totally alone.  Lose half a gel in my pocket (mmm still there).  Run 19 laps of Fartlek, slow on the uphill and into the wind and try to fly on the way down, funnily enough the down seemed to get as slow as the up, well not quite.  Have 2 second, conversations as you pass people.  Take consolation in the fact that I am not running the 50k and have 3 less laps?  Confirm that this isn't fun.  Consider a good hard training run is just what I needed??  

 

Decide in the future, not to run marathons at a whim, at the beginning of winter, on top of a hill, especially if they give the wind a name!

 

 After the race: thankful that it is over, admire all the other people that kept running up that hill into the wind, enjoy a banana, be thankful that it is over (more than once).

 

  Now: it was a tough run, and probably more trail running than road, most trails at least have some trees!    If you want a challenging marathon (up there with Kielder), or a hard training session, it is brilliant.  Glad I showed up, it’s always better once you look back.

2nd place and 1st 35, 3:17:10  (have convinced myself that wind took 30 seconds per mile, that way it is not too bad, and I'm close to Sandy's time - most importantly ;-))

 

It didn't rain at least.

 

Cheers Jacob

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