I have done Hatters half marathon for the last 3 years and although its a great route and really well organised it seems not to be the race for me. Back in 2017 I hobbled round the race due to a hip flexor injury, last year I got the worst stitch ever and had to run walk from 10 miles. This year I really thought it was my year, until I got a bad cold, seriously I think this race is cursed for me. Ive got to be honest its my track coach that thinks its the cold that resulted in a bad race, me I hoping it was just that. I had a strong start and was on for a PB at the halfway point then the pace just went. No matter how much I tried to speed up the pace was still too slow, I didn’t feel tired, I didn’t have a stitch and my legs weren’t sore, not till mile 11 anyway, it just didn’t happen for me, I just can’t explain it. I was so disappointed.
After some serious sulking and feeling sorry for myself I can now take some positives from the race. It was a course PB for me by over a minute and the hill at the end, I did that 2 mins quicker than last year! I will put this behind me ready for Macc half in 2 weeks and give it my all.
This is number 9 of my Thirteen 13s challenge to raise money for beautiful Robyn and her quest for comfort, read her story on my just giving page. Ive 3 more half marathons in the next 5 weeks with my last one being in November to complete my challenge of Thirteen half marathons in 9 months.
I would highly recommend Hatters half as a race however I won’t be there next year, Im hoping to do my first Ultra next September, maybe the year after I will return to try and lift the curse of the county (only Stockport County fans will get that).