A new race on my calendar this year was the Swansea Half Marathon. Having participated in the Swansea 10k the last few years I had high hopes for a fast well organised course.
Well the organisers didn't disappoint, this was a very fast course. A well stacked field that in its 5th year has now attracted over 6000 runners and with only 112 feet of climbing you wont need to be doing hill reps. In fact there are barely even any corners to contend so you can hit your stride you have trained and just grind that out for 13.1 miles.
The route does a small little loop around the city, you then get on the main road and stay on it till the mumbles, you then turn and come back in along the footpath nothing could be simpler. You are even encouraged almost every step of the way by enthusiastic supporters. Literally the only thing that wasn't accounted for was the heat. There was plenty of water stops but with very little shade and only a moderate sea breeze the heat became unbearable, I know mile 8 was where it really started to hit me and I could feel the pb slipping through my fingers. I was happy to keep struggling on though and still manage my quickest time of the year of 1:19:29 and finishing 34th.
We were also represent by Juliet Moxon who confessed to taking it easy ran a 1:41:58 and finishing and finishing 65th lady, I have my suspicions that she took her time to get some peace and quiet from Andy's bellyaching about his beloved kiwis losing to England in the Rugby League.
All in all a brilliant race I just wish the weather could have held off for another hour or so.