Sunday, 6 November 2011

Lancaster 1/2 Marathon, Winners And Losers And A Race Of Two Skellingtons!

It jus
t kind of happened in a sort of synchronistic way.
As Rob parked up at the race a guy across the parking lot was putting on a skellington 'bones' vest!
Rob said oh No! zipping down his thermal top to reveal his very own brand spanking New identical 'Bones' vest!
Dam, It always happens, buy a new party dress and someone else always turns up in an identical item; said Rob!

A race of two halves.
Well the first half went quite well for me, setting the Garmin pacer for a 1.20 finish i felt quite good even passing a few runners going up the first hill between 7-8 miles.
But the second climb shortly after took the wind out of my sails so to speak.
The legs became heavy and I started to feel slightly dizzy!
A fair sized group passed me as I groveled my way up the hill!
Down the other side and onto the flat I recovered my stride somewhat and held myself together until 12 miles where team mate Rob McGrath came flying past wearing his new skellington bones vest.
Rob was chasing hard after the other guy in the 'Bones' vest and eventually out kicked him to the line.
Rob finished with a very respectable 1.21.49 for 19th place and first Skelly!
As for me I was now in deep trouble as my sciatic problem reemerged sending shooting pains down the back of my leg.
Fearing my calf might lock again like in the Birkenhead 5 mile race in June I limped to a jog for the final half mile, finishing with 1.22.45
Oh well a trip to the chiropractor should sort me out!
Paul Cain hoping for a sub 1.30 also found the second hill slowed him down finishing with a 1.31.
Matt Thompson [new SWAC member] impressed with 1.20 and 8th place.
So not quite the result I wanted but hopefully my good form will return again by next year!
One person happy with my result was Johnny Fandango.

Johnny's guess;
Rick - It hardly seems fair that I should take yet more candy from these babies. But I am a bloody fat git, in need of Matt Fitzgerald's dietary advice.
So, with apologies to all other correspondents, I can confirm that you will run 1:22.15 in Lancaster.
Have fun.
Johnny Fandango
Amazingly Johnny was closest with his guess, which means he has now WON two x in a row!
I phoned him the good news shortly after my arrival back home, he said he was delighted!
It's not been an easy week, I found out on Thur by way of a court letter that my wife is taking me to the cleaners over our divorce!
It seems likely my and Tess will be sleeping on park benches in the not too distant future.
Anyone got any good ideas on how to keep warm on a icy cold winters night?
So anyway off to my solicitors tomorrow.


paul talbot said...

Hi Rick,
well done on the half marathon, ihope your leg is ok, you did far better than me doing the through the vilages race where i hit the wall and was amazed i made it the finish, its really put me of running, but im sure i will get over it. But my main reason for comment is, Your not alone mate with the hole divorce and being cleaned out, been there. I know you will get through it with support from your mates and team mates, give me a call if your fancy going for a run and a chat, and you can maybe give me some running advice. Paul Talbot


Thanks Paul,
First don't give up on the running!
Even the super stars of running go through bad times!
I've had 3 bad runs in a row but it makes me even more determined to come back stronger!
And I will!
Got a big day tomorrow at the solicitors, no more MR nice guy this is WAR, I'm going to fight for what is rightfully mine.
Cheers for the thoughts.

Ewen said...

Geez, I missed winning the contest by half a mile! Anyway, limping to 1:22:45 is a great effort - you would have felt like Mary Keitany did during the last 6 miles of her marathon.

Good to hear your spirits a high re the divorce. Fight for what's yours! If you need 'protection' I'll get Scott to send over his mates from the Yakuza;)


Thanks Ewen sounds like a good idea!

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