Another week, another race report. Last Sunday I was in Bath.
I had a super duper fun time! I was in a start pen on my own, so after sneaking a little selfie I befriended some random guys who were studying at Cardiff Uni and chatted the time away until kick off. I hate waiting in pens so anything to make the time fly! I ended up catching up with the pair at about mile 10, before zipping on – if you are reading this I really hope you got your 1:40s.
I spent the whole race shouting, smiling and high fiving as many children as I could, the looped part of the course isn’t the most scenic but it does mean you avoid all of Bath’s mean and nasty hills and there was support almost all the way round. Lots of uni students out cheering and kudos to Bath residents for the most amount of jelly babies and sweets per capita. I’m not sure there was more than a minute gap between jelly babies ever.
I also have a little rant, yes, another one. Can I just spend a second to encourage us all to try supporting each other. Both Brighton Half and Bath Half have sections where you are running against or with runners of a different pace than you. At Brighton half as I saw Paul Martellletti zoom past on his way to win I gave him a cheer and the guys behind him, and the girls, until I had no breath. This was great fun and I hope they appreciated it. I know Paul did. Later on in the race the cheers of Beki and Lissy pushed me through. At Bath I tried to cheer as many people as I could on my second lap, and every time no one else around me bothered but all (but one) of the people I cheered gave me a smile and thanks. A cheer can go a long way, so suck it up guys, one shout is not gonna stop you getting your PB and whether that person is slower than you or faster than you everyone gets a boost. The guy at Bath Half Marathon chugging along with a full bomb disposal suit who came home near 3pm certainly needed all your cheers – he is the real hero of Bath Half Marathon.
On to the food! After the race I met up with the girls at Yak Yeti Yak, a lovely little Nepalese place I would recommend to anyone. Lots of Bath’s hidden gem restaurants are underground and the upstairs doesn’t give you much to go on, but we had a fabulous meal and treated ourselves to some of their signature fizzy cocktail! It was full of runners in a celebratory mood and even the owners son had successfully completed the course after a last minute place come up. Thanks Team!
I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Olivia and my superstar friend Laureen ran too. Completing in a fab time despite not enjoying it. We met for lunch with Julie who got a PB and Claire and her newly qualified boyfriend James came over from Bristol specially. I think David was pretty glad he wasn’t the only boy! I’m so lucky to have met all these lovely ladies purely through the power of social media.
There was a pretty good goody bag, lots of Soreen but much like Brighton there was no food on course and no fruit at the finish. I would always much rather a banana than chocolate and it must be cheaper?
One other thing to note is that I was in the first start pen and it only took me two minutes to cross the start line, Julie and Laureen really struggled with congestion on the course as they started later, on a two lap course this is always a problem, so be optimistic with your time if you plan to run Bath!
Have you run Bath Half Marathon? Did you find it congested? Which city half shall I try next?