The organisers KPevents http://www.kpevents.net/ had sorted a great route for the half, the Lichfield countryside was beautiful with golden fields & blue skies. I was keeping track of my pace keeping it about 9 -9½ min miles. So I hoped. the foot pod seemed to be showing my distance further than the actual distance) miles 5-10 really flew by Jamie Cullum, Katy B, Beastie boys kept my mood happy & the gels must of kicked in as I was feeling good, (the massage pre-race helped also)
Crossing the line in 2:12:28 http://www.stuweb.co.uk/default.asp?a=2&e=766&RaceNo=1105#1105 there was a feeling of happiness & sadness as I’d not seen them. But then I heard my daughter calling "Daddy" a wonderful wave of emotion swept over me, picking my daughter up she gave me the biggest cuddle, I felt my legs tremble (I assume it was fatigued & not emotion) I took her hand & she walked with me to pick up my runners pack.
This pack was very nice a draw string bag with energy gels food; drink sachet & squeezy (As standard)
Walking around my toes felt funny , hoping that my toenails were still attached I gingerly peeled my socks off to be relieved that everything was in place.
Now back to training for the next half marathon in July the Black Country half.
I have to acknowledge the Lichfield blog & runner-photo for their great photos that I've shamelessly swiped their pics.