Canterbury Half Marathon 25/8/14

Report by Angela Parker

On this very wet (though on occasions refreshing) August Bank Holiday Monday, four Dover Road Runners ran the Canterbury Half Marathon.

 The route started at Merton Farm and was a lollipop course.  The terrain was road and it was undulating with some hill work.  There was a constant climb at about 3.5 miles which went on and on and on til about the 5th mile.  Half way up was a welcoming water station.  We ran down a hill to a crossroad to which the Marshals were shouting to take caution as it was quite slippery.  We then met this hill and crossroad again between the 10th and 11th mile.  For some of us it was too much and a short time walking up it was needed.  But soon we picked up the pace and continued running.

 Despite the rain this was a great half marathon.  Nice Works did a splendid job in the organisation and the Rotary Club acted as Marshals.  There were plenty of water stations on route and fig rolls and jaffa cakes at the end.

 This was the half marathon PB race.  Gary Husk was first home for DRR finishing 39th out of 442 finishers with a PB of 1:29:16.

 Claire Thurgate, continuing her superb form also got a PB with a superb time of 1:55:22.

 Angela Parker finished with a PB time of 2:00:26, nearly 8 minutes off her previous half marathon time.

 Billy Baker through the rain to finish 3:14:08

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