Fresh off the back of a massive PB at Manchester Marathon, running a 3:09:46, I took the advice of Pete Dearing and “El Captain” Matty Hayes, not to have a marathon hangover, and get back training hard as soon as possible. Speed work, hilly routes and keeping regular 15 mile long runs in the bank, plus a couple of cracking summer league performances (for me!) had me feeling in great form going into the North Lincs Half Marathon.
I always think of Leven as a funny sort of race. Every time I’ve run this course it has been one of those days where the weather can’t make up its mind. It’s windy and cloudy one minute, sunny the next and as soon as you head out with your shades on it starts raining. Oh and the finish is on a sports field which due to said weather will inevitably be a bit slippery. And yet every time the sun comes out and as I go round the course I am constantly surprised by the amount of shelter we have from the wind. I usually quite enjoy myself and barely notice the change of surface at the finish (i.e. I have not yet fallen on my arse!)