Great Bristol Half Marathon

Date: Sunday 15th September 2019 Distance: 13.1 miles
Race: Great Bristol Half Marathon
Organised by: Great Run
Number of Runners: 6828
Winner: Matt Clowes Cardiff AAC 01:05:08
First Lady: Annabel Gummow Winchester & District Athletic Club 01:17:05
Striders: Pos Name Cat Time
771 Neil Schofield V45 01:37:38
Race in a nutshell: As far as professional race organisers go, Great Run do put on a good event for the extortionate entry fee. The course takes runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge before entering the city centre, for what seems like a thousand twists and turns, before finishing in the harbourside area.
Strider comments / report: The weather forecast for the race was a fairly cool, cloudy day, excellent conditions for a crack at a PB, however on arrival at race HQ we were greeted to an unseasonally warm Autumn morning and full sun. Needless to say, PB pace was attempted and was maintained for the 9 miles up and down the portway under the suspension bridge and into town via the harbourside upon which the myriad of twists and turns in the City Centre gave so many false hopes of the finish line that hopes of an amazing finish were quashed, and I shuffled home nearly three minutes over target time. 

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