St Albans Half Marathon: 8 June 2003
|1||1||Andrew Van Heiningen||1:39:11||V35||Serpentine||60.8%||7:34|
I saw at least four other Serpie vests/t-shirts, so I was by no means the only one. There were 1600 1/2 Marathon runners and a further 1500 or so fun runners, walkers and line dancers, yes line dancers, this was a very busy event. Verulam Park, which houses some ancient Roman ruins was buzzing with people & lot's of kids. And as this is a race run primarily to raise money for charity a good even to support. Local celebrity John Motson ran the course in just under two hours and John Wilson sent us on our way.
The race itself was fairly un-inspiring and the cones along the main roads, to keep the cars at bay, infuriating as they seemed to have a life of their own. I'll have to call the Cone Hot Line! There are some country roads but the majority of the course goes along B roads. It is undulating with the odd long/slow hill, but other than that an 'easy' course. Inclement weather held off till about an hour or two after the race, so as near perfect running weather as you can get. Warm, with no direct sun and no rain.
Well worth a few hours of your time, especially if you like icecream lollies, lucozade & a medal to finish with!
Andrew van Heiningen
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