Bodmin Half Report by Vikki McAuley

Race Date: Sunday 17th February 2019

Race Report by: Vikki McAuley

When we booked a week in Devon at half term and I was wondering where to get a long training run in, Adam found and suggested the Bodmin Half Marathon.  Sadly by the time I got round to entering it was already sold out so I emailed and asked to be put on a waiting list and heard no more….until a few days before the holiday when a place came up.

I accepted the transfer and picked up the number on the day labelled: Tom : male.  I also got his large sized T shirt, which isn’t actually a bad fit.

The race was in aid of the firefighters charity and started with the sirens of a fire engine, setting us off on two hilly loops around the very senic Lanhydrock estate.  Anyone who knows me knows I am slow up a hill so I found the height gain, around 700ft more than the Sheffield Half, a bit of a challenge (I will never make a fell runner!)

So it was my slowest half marathon yet but it was on very pretty trails and I chatted to some friendly runners en route, mainly about the hills.  It was a fairly low key event comprising predominantly West Country runners and my vest was noted by a number of marshals.   As it was over two laps, crossing by Lanhydrock house several times, I got repeated encouraging shouts of ‘go steel city’ and ‘come on Sheffield’.  A very friendly race.

First male was Simon Williams from St Austell Running Club in 1.26.32. First female was Alexandra Russell-Small also from St Austell Running Club in 1.36. 36. I was the lone Strider and 245th out of 359 runners in my slowest half yet 2.22.55

Full results can be found here.

Pos Name Category Time
245 Vikki McAuley FV45 02:22:55

A flash of gold and green in the West Country

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