Darren Jackson gives us this report on the Wilmslow Half:
Well I was glad that the relays were cancelled yesterday just so that the legs felt a bit fresh for Wilmslow. I think it is fair to say that every man and his dog knows that it was freezing cold today. I collected Mr Burgress to embark on the journey to Charlton to collect his new identity (David Delahunty) but the funny thing is he was +55.
It was freezing when we arrived at Wilmslow and we had 90min to spare, after a couple of toilet visits we went and sat in the car laughing because of the pre race nerves. I covered my body in deep heat because I was determined to run only in my Wigan vest. The foil ready we made our way to the start.
It was agreed that Chris and I would stay together until 10miles and if felt good would push on and meet at the end. The start was slow as always at Wilmslow and Chris and I got separated until around 5miles. We were running between 5:45 and 5:50 which was maintained until 9 miles when we got separated. I was still very comfortable and at 10 miles I pushed on and tried to up the pace which I did, however the wind was horrendous. There was a hill at 11 miles, that I had forgot about and the pace dropped to 7 min pace. There was no getting through the wind and it stayed with us until the end. I had to work hard for my new PB 129.27, yet at one point until I hit 11miles I thought I would be in the 128s team. It didn’t happen but it will because I’m not a complacent runner.
Well done to my compatriot Chris (aka David Delahunty) for is effort this morning finishing in 92:27 – 1st half marathon in tens years – well done. See you at Runcorn next Sunday for 5miles.