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JWK Lancaster Half Marathon

08/11/2016

Two Dumfries Running Club stalwarts, Lisa Finlay and Les Hill, are both in training for marathons in the near future so opted to go to Lancaster for a half marathon on Sunday 6th November as part of their build up.

Lisa will be doing the Florence marathon on 28th November while Les will tackle the 26.2 miles challenge in Lanzarote on 10th December.

The Lancaster course has been used for many years with slight variations being made from time to time. However, at registration in Lancaster Castle it became obvious that the changes for this year had added a real sting in the tail. The finish was going to be a steep climb up from the river Lune right in to the castle forecourt with the last 100 metres throwing in cobble stones to add to the interest.

At 11 o’clock on a dry but very cold day with a strong breeze blowing the 450 shivering runners set off into the wind. Lisa followed the leading lady for a mile before moving ahead of her but was aware that she was being shadowed and made a decision in the tough conditions not to try for a fast time but, instead, concentrate on running to win. However, after turning near the village of Caton and expecting to be rejuvenated by the following breeze she was disappointed to find herself slowing and then to lose her lead that she was unable to recover. She finished exactly one minute behind her foe in a very credible time of 85 minutes and 04 seconds to collect the prize for second lady and 16th overall.

Les, on the other hand though, was delighted to record his fastest time over this distance since May 2010. Using his usual tactic of starting at a steady pace he gradually worked his way through the field and maintained his pace until the last mile when he struggled with the climb to the finish although he hung on to 31st place even though he slowed to record 88 minutes 18 seconds and finished 2nd in his age category of V55.

It was great to have the Dumfries Running Club vest showing prominently near the front of this well supported event and both of them can now look forward to their respective marathons with confidence.

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