8th April 2017 AUTHOR: dwhite CATEGORIES: Event Report

Silverstone Half Marathon 2017

Silverstone Half Marathon - Sheila Maddison, Dave Playforth and Paul Bennett
Sheila Maddison, Dave Playforth and Paul Bennett before the start

On Sunday 12th March almost 8,000 runners converged on the home of the British Grand prix, Silverstone, to take part in The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon. Amongst the runners were 6 members of East Hull Harriers, the morning started with heavy rain but fortunately it gradually eased and disappeared before the 12 noon start.

The route starts and finishes on the iconic race track, following a lap of the track the course then goes into the numerous infield circuits and support roads before a final 2.75 miles on the race track. The fast drying nature of the race track ensured there were not many puddles on the racing line although the infield sections had a number of wet sections.

The event is run by the organisers of the London Marathon and is very well organised from the moment runners arrive to the time they cross the finish line.  In terms of value for money this is an excellent event, with an entry fee of £23, finishers received a goody bag containing a medal, a t-shirt, various drinks, fruit bars, massage oil, sun cream and deodorants to name but a few of its contents!

The nature of the race track makes it a very fast course although you have to take the racing line otherwise you will run slightly over distance as a number of runners discovered.

Silverstone Half Marathon - Vicky Stone, Vince McGowan and Dave Playforth
Post race – Vicky Stone, Vince McGowan and Dave Playforth

First Harrier back was Paul Bennett with a time of 1:30:15, followed by Vince McGowan 1:32:45, Dave Playforth 1:49:40, Paul Wright 1:57:38, Vicky Stone 2:10:21 and Sheila Maddison 2:26:41.

Paul gained a 4 minute PB whilst proof hard work and determination pays off Sheila managed a 25 minute PB!

All in all a great day out for the Red Vests of East Hull Harriers and surely proof if anyone is wanting the chance to run round the home of British Motorsport and run a fast time this is the event for you.

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