Paddock Wood half Marathon 2012

Yesterday I took part in the Paddock Wood 1/2 Marathon, this was my first 1/2 Marathon of 2012 and my first 1/2 Marathon since the Margate 1/2 in October 2011. I'd be doing a lot of training, including Janathon, so I was hopeful of a decent time, close to my PB to 1:43:15. With that in mind I'd created a pace band for a race time of 1:44. As it turns out I did run a new PB for 13.1 miles but it was a staggering (at least in my mind) time of 1:38:48. For anyone that's interested that's 7:31 minute mile pace and an average speed of 7.99 miles per hour.

So why 5 minutes faster then in 2008, when I set my HM PB. A couple of things (1) The course was very fast and flat, there was only one significant hill at 1.25 miles, which lasted for about 4 minutes.(2) I've been upping my mileage for some time now, which I think this result showed. I still think I could have run a bit quicker. For example the first mile took me 7:50, so next time I'm going to aim for a 1:37 and see what happens!

So what about the race itself, well it was very well organised with about 2000 runners. I was number 2025, but there were only 1915 finishers. There was adequate parking, but you do need to get there early otherwise you end up parking in the local housing estates like me. Also if you park the wrong side of Eldon Way, where the race starts, like me you'll end up waiting for ages to get out of Paddock Wood, as they close a lot of the roads part of the 1/2 Marathon route. Would I run the race again, absolutely, a PB setting course and a very well organised and managed race.