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2019-02-13 08:47:00

Deal Half Marathon 10th February 2019 Race Report

Written by Richard Allan

Deal Half Marathon 10th February 2019

The Club Championship races continued to be well attended by Thanet Roadrunners members this weekend at Deal, with the Deal Half Marathon being the second Club Championship race of the year.

During the week before the race it was looking as though we were going to be treated to some monumental weather with high winds and heavy rain predicted, perfect weather for a road race… Fortunately, Sunday proved to be a bit more pleasant with the rain clearing before the start of the race and the wind dropping to a ‘mere’ 20 mph.

After a walk from Betteshanger Country Park, those hardy racers from the club lined up for the start of what we all knew was going to be a tough course of hills, hills and more hills around the countryside on the outskirts of Deal and Dover. Those of us that hadn’t done the race before may have been a bit surprised at just how bumpy the course is (just in case you were wondering, it was over 860 feet of elevation)!

The race started off with a climb in the first mile of just over 100 feet, just to get the legs going a bit which was followed by a few bumps up and down for the next few miles, before a really tough climb of nearly 150 feet between mile 4 and 5; of course the wind was continuing to add to the ‘enjoyment’ of the race whilst we climbed up and dropped down the hills up until the halfway point; definitely a day for drafting to get some shelter. It was very welcome to have a race official at the halfway point checking race numbers and calling out our times at the halfway point although my mental maths utterly failed me at that point for working out what time I might finish the race based on that! As we were heading out on the second half of the race there were still plenty of up and down sections, but it was very welcome to see Derek on one of the turnings at the bottom of a hill shouting encouragement to everyone! As the miles ticked off we hit what is fortunately the last significant climb of the race between mile 11 and 12, a climb of about 73 feet which was certainly strength sapping to say the least… Even though there was a lot of climbing to be done, what goes up must come down and the stretch from mile 12 to mile 13 was an overall downhill of 118 feet, time to let gravity do its thing and pick up the pace for the final stretch! With the finish line in sight, it was another climb for the last 0.1 miles, not entirely welcome for tired legs but it was only a short distance and getting across that line was the target!

There were 19 Thanet Roadrunners that finished what was a tough but hugely satisfying race; great to see so many of us at the start line and seeing our team mates coming through the finish.

There were a good number of PBs, some huge improvements on recent times and some incredible racing for many of the club members; which considering the weather and the tough course was good going. Worth calling out specifically were amazing races from Bradley Cameron (01:18:34) in 2nd position overall, Owen Mitchell (01:21:54) in 5th position overall, Dave Winch (01:37:40) in 1st position for Vintage Male and Steve Suttle (01:41:37) in 3rd position for Vintage Male. Genevieve Case (01:38:53) had a fantastic race, finishing as 7th lady and 5th in the Veteran ladies’ category.

Here are the race times and positions for all the incredible racers from the club from Sunday, well done to everyone!

Runner

Category

 

Gun Time

Chip Time

Overall Position

Gender Position

Category Position

Bradley Cameron

Senior Male

01:18:34

01:18:34

2

2

2

Owen Mitchell

Senior Male

01:21:56

01:21:54

5

5

4

Dan Clark

Senior Male

01:26:21

01:26:20

13

13

9

John Dickerson

Senior Male

01:31:10

01:31:04

31

30

17

Richard Allan

Veteran Male

01:31:16

01:31:08

32

31

11

John Hunt

Senior Male

01:31:33

01:31:27

37

36

20

David Winch

Vintage Male

01:37:46

01:37:40

69

64

1

Genevieve Case

Veteran Female

01:39:00

01:38:53

82

7

5

Stephen Forshaw

Veteran Male

01:40:08

01:40:00

91

83

30

Michael Philpot

Supervet Male

01:40:44

01:40:36

97

88

14

Steve Suttle

Vintage Male

01:41:39

01:41:37

102

93

3

Scot Haggarty

Supervet Male

01:44:43

01:44:30

126

112

19

Richard Purton

Senior Male

01:45:26

01:44:57

141

123

53

Paul Brackenborough

Veteran Male

01:46:32

01:46:04

150

130

47

Jasmine Lasslett

Senior Female

01:50:03

01:49:21

181

28

12

Kristian Lasslett

Senior Male

01:50:04

01:49:22

182

154

66

Mark Hadden

Supervet Male

01:54:44

01:54:28

209

169

29

Joanne Jeffreys

Veteran Female

01:59:38

01:59:08

242

55

23

Philip Cope

Vintage Male

02:09:43

02:09:15

308

226

13

 

In addition to all the brilliant individual race results, the Men’s team had a great race, taking home the overall men’s team prize; well done!

The way everyone ran suggests that 2019 might be a strong year for the club in terms of racing, we shall have to wait and see what happens at future races during the year.

As usual, there were some great photos taken of all the runners during the race and a few of these are here, courtesy of Graham Ó Síodhacháin (there are many great photos on his Facebook page); many thanks Graham.

Photos courtesy of Graham Ó Síodhacháin

Deal Tri put on a great race, with lots of friendly and enthusiastic marshals out on the course, braving the elements; a big thank you to Deal Tri from us all. If you want what is a tough but thoroughly enjoyable race to do next year, this is one for you and I’m sure there will be plenty of Thanet Roadrunners there in 2020.

Overall a great morning of racing and good to see so many people from the club coming out for the Club Championship races, hopefully even more will be racing at future events.

 

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