Race Report by Rach Webber
Well last Sunday saw the local half marathon for the BHAM’ily! Hosted by our friends at Immortal Sport and with many bhammers having signed up following the 2018 race this was a big event.
With nearly 40 runners taking part in the clubs Half Marathon Training and many others who have been training hard for the first few months of the year BHAM were once again very well represented with around 60 runners taking part.
The morning started early, even earlier as a result of the clock change, meaning an hour less in bed. Luckily all the runners managed this well and arrived at Pen Hill Dental Surgery, our race HQ for the day in plenty of time and for the photo call. This was where the morning really kicked off with the 2019 edition of “race to the loo” with many competitors making the dash back to get the best spot in the toilet queue, not mentioning the winner
Back to the real reason we were here. Just before 9am we made the short walk to the start line. It was so lovely to see so many of the Purple Army in the sea of runners and made the event extra special to be surrounded by familiar faces. The race began with a lovely downhill section and around the town centre while we fought for position within the masses and settled in to a comfortable pace.
The support throughout the race was incredible with many of the locals out to cheer on the runners. The race headed east out of the town centre, before heading in to Yeovil Country Park and part of the recent local parkrun route, it was nice to be in familiar surroundings as we ran the length of the park before exiting on to Lysander Road, again the support throughout this section was amazing. The race continues to head along the road and towards the airfield, where we were met with the sight of a large lorry who was baffled by the sight of so many hi-viz, lycra clad people heading towards him. It was ok though one of our own, Rob Gundry, soon sorted him out.
From this point the race headed out of Yeovil along quiet country roads, towards Montacute and again members of the BHAMily marshalling along the route provided great support. Then we entered into the grounds of the iconic Montacute House, where the drinks and energy station was a relief for some. Running along The Avenue to more incredible support provides a slight distraction as the nerves began to hit, being fully aware of what was to come next.
The trickiest part of the route is without doubt the section of undulating hills that take us back to Yeovil, the up and downs and then hitting Balls Hill was punishment for all at mile 9. Upon reaching what seems like the peak of this mini mountain a gradual incline continues until we reach Yeovil once more. From here one more little ascent before a long descent to the finish. The support continued to gather and grew as we approached the town centre where the crowds carried us down to the finish line. This provided an incredible sprint finish for most, but a special mention to Caroline who unfortunately on her sprint finish took a horrible tumble and had to receive medical attention, but Kevin Church made sure she reached the finish, showing that we most certainly are a family! She wasn’t the only one who made use of the medical support but sometimes really pushing it hard gives us the best achievements.
I am so proud to be part of the BHAMily, where we all worked together, trained hard together and achieved together. Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2019 Yeovil Half Marathon whether it be your first, a PB or you just had fun. Well done to all the marshals who helped out and provided support throughout the route and Special thanks to Gary & Susan Irvine for opening up the Dental Surgery again, and hosting us with lovely tea and cake following.
|Pos||Race No||Name||Time||Chip Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos|
|Last||Jon Forsyth (TAIL RUNNER)|
Photos Courtesy of Derek McCoy