I ran my second Half Marathon race yesterday and really enjoyed it.
A lovely route, about 17km on quiet city streets (mainly residential) and 4km on a quiet country road
A nice wide road to start on so it was easy to find spaces to run into as I passed people and others passed me on the first few kilometres
Great spectators who gave lots of support. Particularly memorable were a bunch of neighbours on a wee street who sat outside on stools playing drums, tin whistles, maracas and tambourines - and gave out cups of water and jelly babies
The marshals were great, especially the young Cadets who gave up their Sunday afternoon and clapped and shouted encouragement.
The final 300m was a part loop of the sports ground running track. It was a wonderful surface to run and I loved the experience and I grinned as I thought myself a proper athlete.
And finally... I managed to complete the run in 02:06:01 and came 1200 out of a field of 1700, and 34 out of 94 in my gender and age category, F50
A strong head wind for the first 5km impeded progress and my overall time was 2 mins slower than my first HM, so no PB
Insufficient portaloos meant a huge queue at the last minute when I should have been in my position at the start line
A few more of DH and DS's photos here: flickr.com/photos/swan-scot/