Wigan Harriers were well represented at the recent Liverpool Half Marathon with Pate Cole, Pauline Taylor, Lisa Stevenson and David Newshan taking on the 13.1 miles of this iconic race.
Lisa put in a fantastic performance in her debut over the distance. she can be very proud with an extremely creditable 2:02:17. Serial Half Marathoners Pat and Pauline keep on turning out top times and came home together in 2:16:12 for yet another strong performance.
David Newsham provides us with the following insight into his day:
Three weeks after the Half Marathon in Blackpool, it was off to Merseyside to continue the quest (along with Pat Cole and Pauline Taylor) of completing any Half Marathon ending with the ‘Pool’ (so that just leaves Hartlepool, Pontypool, Ullapool and Welshpool)!
Considering I’m more of an owl than a lark, setting the alarm for 6.30 to ensure the porridge and blueberries had done their thing (if you know what I mean) for a 9.00am start seemed a bit excessive, but once I’d navigated safely to the Pier Head area I was raring to go.
This was the third time I’ve done the Liverpool Half, but it’s a much bigger
event now and has a different course with the start and finish in front of
the Liver Buildings. The start was a bit chaotic with people hurdling
barriers to try to get into cramped pens – it was certainly cosy but at
least it kept the wind off. Off we went in the usual mayhem of people trying to avoid each other and the bollards/traffic lights.
After the early steady climb after about a mile it’s reasonably flat, taking
in some pleasant sights such as Sefton Park which was nice and also an under pass/zig-zag barriers – not so nice. Was feeling OK as the race continued but not as strong as I’d hoped (excuses…. main goal is Manchester marathon in 6 weeks and still in early stages of metamorphosis from recreational to clubrunner!).
Past the 9 mile mark the course followed the Mersey all the way home which
felt like a long home straight, but a tad early to start pushing that bit extra for the finish. Other notable highlights included surviving the plonker who cut across from the extreme right of the field in his desperation to get a drink after 3 miles, someone who clipped my heels and nearly sent me nose-diving half-way through and those beautiful cobbles for the final mile were particularly a nice touch.
A time of 1.51.39 was a minute quicker than the last outing but a long way off my PB and where I want to get to – but still an enjoyable morning and after my mile cool down I felt satisfied with my efforts and returned to my car which still had 4 wheels.