No rain, no wind, birds singing ?...could it be the Jedburgh Half Marathon and 10K..?
For me the Jedburgh half marathon was a tale of two halves.
Before the race started just unmitigated pain and suffering. Nowhere to park at the race venue, no spaces in the town car park and no race officials remotely interested in giving suggestions as to where we might find a space. Once we finally did find somewhere to park we were confronted by an irate local who failed to comprehend the honour associated with having the car belonging to two members of the Borders' pre-eminent running club parked outside his house. After finally parking in an even more peripheral location we ran to registration only to find massive queues to get our race number which we finally received with 5 mins to go before the start (admittedly some of the above could have been avoided if I'd got out of bed at a decent hour).
Once the race gun fired the sun shone, the birds sang and I ran a new PB (1:15:58 chip time, 1:16:00 gun time) and got 4th place with little or no pain (well at least not until the hill after 11 miles). Darin ran 1:20:15 for 11th place and Rachael 1:31:36 for 4th lady and 76th position over all. Whilst in the 10k Mike McGovern ran 36:58.