Team Evo were on it once more taking on and completing the Silverstone Half Marathon. 13.1 miles.
In early March on a foggy morning Rachael, Jon and Hannah made their way to Silverstone home of the MotoGP and formula one. Joined by Hannah’s brother John (confusing) and pit crew Lee. It was cold and very foggy on arrival and all felt a little underdressed for the weather.
From the car park the walk to the start was about a mile past garages and businesses that all linked to Motorsport.
The start area was buzzing with stalls, snack vans and people, so many people…..
As the start time approached we left the congregation area and opted for the under two hours section. (A wishful thought but we felt we would stand more chance if running with others going at a two hour pace).
The start had markers indicating the time you were aiming for and we lined up by the 1 hr 58 board – pushing it but you have to aim high. At about 11 the sun came out and the day began to look up, maybe we would not freeze after all.
Other signs said no peeing but some people obviously could not read – it gave us all a giggle before we began.
As we waited the officials kept asking us to move forward and in the end we were next to the 1 hour 40 board now this was not even a joke – we swapped fears and agreed we could not keep up with the pace maker or other runners in this area.
In the distance the gun went off and we were underway – a jalk to the line (half jog half walk) and a beep of the timing chip on my shoe and I had begun my first half marathon.
Even though we let the pacemaker run away from us we fair steamed through the first couple of miles. Each mile marker had a clock in it so timing was a breeze. At his early stage it just made me wonder if we had gone off too fast as we were in the low 8 mins for each mile which is much faster then my standard pace. A man bouncing two basketballs ran past and I was gobsmacked by his dexterity and fitness (I am in awe). As the race progressed we past this man a couple of times at the drinks stations when he had to stop but he soon caught us up again.
We carried on through the miles Jon and I running together and able to set a pace for the other when we felt tired. We were passed and the rep assets other runners on numerous occasions. At the start I felt like everyone was running away from us but as we toiled through the miles we reeled a few back in.
Although our pace slowed a little later in the race we kept all our miles in the low 9 mins or 8 and were on for a good time. Teaching 9 miles I doubted my stamina for another 4 with legs like lead I just concentrated on putting one in front of the other. Some people say they have good periods where running feels great – I did not have one of these it was hard all the way. I was shocked by how far apart the mile markers were and was certain on a couple of occasions that I had missed only to be disappointed when it appeared in the distance. Having only run 10k before the kilometre markers come round so much quicker.
The last two miles seemed the longest of the lot and the last one I did not think I could do in the 14 or so minutes I had got to break the 2 hour barrier.
We both sprinted for the line and in keeping with tradition Jon beat me by 5 secs. We did the 13.1miles
In 1 hour 54 mins and about 50 seconds. Awesome and as soon as I had crossed the line the memories of hardship faded away and it was a brilliant experience.
Hannah too broke the 2 hour barrier and John was only just over but for a first half marathon we all did amazingly well and were like cats that had got the cream.