After a summer of 10k races, Alistair and I will be upping the distance tomorrow with the first of our two planned half-marathon races.
As far as races go, you can’t really imagine two more different than the Newark half and the Great North Run. The latter is one of the biggest, most well-known running events of the British racing calendar and will have somewhere in the region of 50,000 runners participating. For Newark, I’m number 195.
This will also be the first race this year sans racing chip. It feels archaic, but pleasantly so. I can forsee a lot of jostling, congestion and dodging in the Great North Run, and it’ll be good to have a race where that’s not going to happen.
I think Alistair is looking to hit a time of around 100 mins for the half. I’ll be aiming for 2 hours. Anything I can manage over and above that would just be a bonus.
Wish us luck! Photos and race report to follow!