Sheffield Half Marathon Apr 27th 2008

Peter Simpson reports:
Despite the early rain and damp conditions there was no wind but it was mild. The first few miles to the City Centre were along the Don Valley hence the stadium name and helped me get a good start despite the large field. There were a couple of modest climbs from there to halfway where we did a u-turn and headed back towards the City Centre. This stretch was either flat or slightly downhill which helped me pick up pace. The City Centre was rather undulating but downhill on leaving and from there it was back along the Don Valley where again I picked up the pace. Did a loop around the stadium taking us above the seating on one side before descending onto the track and the finishing straight. To my amazement I could see the clock saying 1.32.+. The gun time was about 1.32.45 but looking at the official results I was surprised to see 1.32.07, my fastest for about 7 years. Position 393 / 4537, cat 30th MV45.