Girvan Half Marathon – 14 July 2019

I hadn’t really been doing any longer training runs, I can’t remember the last time I did a run over 8 or 9 miles, doing most of my longer sessions on two wheels rather than two feet. But with a middle distance triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 20.1km run) coming up next month I thought I should get a few longer runs in and put down a bit of a marker to see where I am in terms of run fitness. I spotted this one on the race calendar and realised we could combine it with a visit to Mel’s mum near Newton Stewart, 25 miles or so away.

It was looking like being a hot and sunny day so in the morning I applied sunscreen and we drove up in nice sunshine to the start at Girvan FC’s Hamilton Park football ground. After registration and a bit of a warm-up it was time to assemble for the noon start.

The course starts with half a lap of the football pitch and then out onto the roads towards the Ayrshire village of Dailly which is a gentle incline for the first four miles or so before evening out, then a left turn and a rapid drop down to the village itself as we cross a river at six miles. The route then climbs up on the other side and following another left turn keeps going up for a few miles. One more left turn and another nice long descent down to re-cross the river before a slog back up the hill to re-join the original road and free-wheel the last three miles back to Girvan.

I started quite quickly but then decided I should rein it in a bit to try and keep it steady and be able to finish strong. I thought I would most likely be around 1:35 to 1:40 as I wasn’t at peak fitness for this distance. I kept things pretty restrained for the first 10 miles then once the climb following the second river crossing was done I could let myself go a bit and picked up a few places towards the end.

I came in 44th position out of 135 finishers at 1:37:30, exactly in the middle of my target range. It shows I’m not too bad but could definitely be better prepared for the Aberfeldy Triathlon so I need to get out for a few more longer runs.

It was a good, well organised race with some nice refreshments on offer at the end which were most welcome. Thanks to Girvan Athletic Club for organising.











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5 comments on Girvan Half Marathon – 14 July 2019

  1. gilly says:

    Sorry! Allan ????

  2. gilly says:

    Well done Alan and good luck for the Aberfeldy Triathlon.

  3. Sadie Kemp says:

    Sounds like your training is going well. Sometimes less running and being a bit more rested pays off!

  4. David Cairns says:

    Well done Allan, sorry I’ve not picked up on this report until now. Good control and pace judgment, it’s all too easy to go off to fast and suffer later.

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