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  1. Simon Thompson
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    01:22:57
    Fantastic, run of my life. Many thanks to a guy from Wigan called Steve who paced and then dragged me round to a 9minute (!!) PB. Happy!

    26th February 2012 16:39:00
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  2. Simon Darlington
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    01:22:01
    Boring route to be honest, but fast, 19 secs shy of my PB

    26th February 2012 16:41:43
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  3. Simon Lake
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    01:45:37
    In short: My first half, so happy with the time.

    In full: Poor effort at a goodie bag - one pair of socks that you can get 5 for a pound on the market! The medal is OK, but add in a cereal bar and nothing else and it's a bit of a let down.

    Pacers were spot on and most in the groups following them had just a little bit left to pinch a few seconds off at the end.

    General organisation could have been better. Unattended baggage area meant that people were using it as a changing area - to have to leave bags 'on trust' at an event of this size leaves a lot to be desired.

    Finally, there was some confusion as the prize giving started around 1.30 - but was advertised for 2pm! This resulted in just the winner actually picking up his prize as he was the only one in the room to do so! They did say that they were going to do the prizegiving again at the correct time but most of the prize winners had finished a good hour/90 minutes by that time!

    I'm running the Blackpool half in 2 weeks and hoping that it turns out to be a better experience all round.

    Avatar 26th February 2012 20:04:12    
    Maureen Brettell Says:

    Didn't use baggage area myself, but can see your point re security! And as confirmed 'back of the packer' the prizegiving doesn't even enter on my radar However the goodie bag was by far the worst i've ever had. Shit socks and a Soreen . . Couln't they even have put a stick of rock in?
    The course was good though. Be interested to hear if the blackppol half pans out any better x


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    Simon Lake Says:

    Just to add further insult, the provisional results have my name wrong and my grading wrong as well!

    26th February 2012 18:12:29
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  4. David Brunton
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    01:29:43
    Sub 1:30 which is good - coupl eof little 'walk jogs' which is bad. Great conditions - especially for the Fylde coast.

    26th February 2012 18:48:43
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  5. Stephen Kirk
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    01:35:48
    Nice fast course and great running conditions for Blackpool. Smashed my PB in the process. Not a bad days work all in.

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    Jo Williams Says:

    Wow, fabulous time, you must be chuffed to bits, well done!


    Avatar 28th February 2012 12:40:34    
    Stephen Kirk Says:

    Thanks Jo,

    With the exception of a sore toe, managed to run the race comfortably and at an even pace. I hope I'm not peaking to early for London!

    26th February 2012 20:14:36
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  6. Stephen Makin
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    01:22:02
    In short: Great run, good conditions, 4min PB. ,

    In full: Got in a good group of runners and worked well off each other, thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done Simon, good luck in Manchester, go for sub 3, believe!!!

    Avatar 26th February 2012 20:54:05    
    Simon Thompson Says:

    Well done Steve! Have reassessed target and will have a crack at sub3 in April. Thanks again for today. You gave me a lesson in controlled pacing and also squeezing it to the limit at just the right time. Owe you a pint! Good luck in Barcelona :-)

    26th February 2012 20:19:52
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  7. Pete Williams
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    01:31:01
    Great run, ideal conditions, felt good all the way and fastest I've run since this race in 2008!

    26th February 2012 20:30:45
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  8. Sharon Bakewell
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    02:13:19
    Very pleased with my 12mins PB. Really enjoyed it. Did anyone else find the course short or was it my garmin?

    Avatar 28th February 2012 15:54:47    
    Claire Pratt Says:

    My Garmin has it as 13.07, which is annoying as when trying to log my race it won't accept it as a half marathon! It was my first and i wanted the 'Half-Marathon' field filled in on my stats, but can't unless i manually change the figures and lose my lap times. Anyway- well done Sharon on your PB x

    26th February 2012 22:20:11
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  9. Claire Pratt
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    02:01:39
    My first half- absolutely loved it and now can't stop siling that I have done it

    27th February 2012 07:39:22
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  10. Richie Bunn
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    01:36:12
    Aimed for Marathon pace (1:38) but struggled to control my speed! Felt pretty strong on pancake flat course. I'll be back next year for PB!

    27th February 2012 08:34:19
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  11. Parmjit Sidhu
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    01:48:36
    Very pleased, achieved PB and gained two new blisters.

    27th February 2012 09:39:18
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  12. Mark Smith
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    02:01:00
    In short: Took it very easy for the first bit, then ran harder for the last 4 miles. Loved it, despite cold hands. At least it was dry!

    In full: A great atmosphere, friendly race. Well marshalled and supported. Nice to see RW pacers doing their bit - I tried to hunt down the 9 minuter, but left my effort too late. I don't worry any more about goody bags (see comments passim), happy to get a gong at the end. Sets me up nicely for Stratford in April.

    27th February 2012 11:50:07
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  13. Scott Dunscombe
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    Completed my very first half marathon today at the great Northwest half marathon in 1.53.06 loved every minuet of it, bring on Manchester. :)
    Really happy and well done to anybody else that did it today too.
    Scott.

    28th February 2012 15:49:59
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  14. Scott Dunscombe
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    01:53:06
    In short: First half marathon so I was well pleased with the result, Goody bag shocked me, at least my kids have two new sock puppets from it though!!

    In full: A great day I thought,It could of done with more support on the second half of the course the beach front, felt like they were hiding us all away on that part lol. Glad I have my first medal and now I'm confident for at least half of the Manchester run :)

    28th February 2012 16:00:51
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  15. 01:50:46
    Glad the weather was good - thanks to the marshalls and water stations always the unsung heroes of the day

    29th February 2012 19:49:44
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