Royal Victoria Half Marathon: 7 October 2007
It may be a long way to go for a race (it's on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada) but it is superbly organised.
The 7.30 a.m. start is not to everyone's taste and it means staying overnight in Victoria. I found a hotel almost overlooking the start and so was able leave it at 7.20 a.m. in the light drizzle. If you were running the marathon, you could have a lie-in as that didn't start until 8.30 a.m. There was also an 8 km, which seems to be a popular distance in that part of the world, and which started at the same time as the Half Marathon but went in the opposite direction.
This year, former Serpie Lindsay McLaren was second lady in the 8 km
despite a lack of training due to injury.
The course is out and back and there are undulations. Results are out quickly and the race photographer is very busy with his camera. There is an abundance of trophies for faster runners with 5-year age categories and five trophies in each starting with under 19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. up to FV74-79 and MV80+. The well-sponsored race held a draw with a large number of prizes while the trophies were being
Report by: Anthony Stranger-Jones
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