Wolds Half Marathon, Saturday 20th July 2019



Before L-R
Phil Hanson, Rob Davies and Michael Watson

Wolds Half Marathon, Saturday 20th July 2019

A really rural half marathon run in conjunction with Bishop Wilton Show. I know no other race where part of the entry fee allows you free entrance to an agricultural show. So there we were three Harriers all of whom knew what was coming. 13.1 miles with 1200 feet of ascent, the twist is that nearly all the climbing is in the second half of the race. 198 of us set off with a nice breeze blowing and Michael muttering he would stay on my shoulder all the way. Rob quickly disappeared out of sight and so did Mike. Well I was not going to chase him.

At the start of Wolds Half Michael Watson looking cool

At the start of Wolds Half
Michael Watson looking cool

A nice easy lane lead out onto the main road and then a lovely off road descent followed down into Millington Pastures. I had a nice chat with Jenny from the Sheffield Steelers before she skipped off ahead of me downhill. I  had a nice predetermined pace and could see Mike a couple of hundred yards ahead. We were running through beautiful East Yorkshire countryside on a stony track which finally turned into a minor road. All the time downhill. At about the four mile marker we found the first rise as we passed the village of Millington and then down to the crossover point of the this figure of eight course and minor road junction we will reencounter later. 5 miles plus into the race and we encounter the first proper ascent up to Givendale over a mile of climbing on a hill that varied in steepness in a very similar way to the brute later on.

Phil Hanson Bishop

Phil Hanson

I am running well but I felt Mike was teasing me as  I got close to him but then he would take off again. At the top of Givendale there is an exhilarating steep downhill which used to be right at the end of the race, but now is half way round. I managed to power down this slope at 7 minute pace trying to bank time for the end. Some wiggling around on minor roads brought us to Meltonby, the 8 mile marker and the start of a 5 mile ascent. The first two miles are a very gently upward progression, and at about the 10 mile mark I found I had Mike just in front. This felt good as this also marked the start of the big climb up Grimthorpe Hill. To my dismay Mike moved ahead, I was not prepared to give chase as I had planned to be here with 35 minutes to spare inside 2 hours I was actually 3 minutes ahead, brilliant.

RobDavies Bishop

Rob Davies

Grimthorpe hill is a three part act. Steep, less steep, steep, less steep,  steep to the turn off to the show ground over two and a  half miles. I gradually overhauled  a number of runners and to my great delight found I had wound Mike in a little like on the Humber half. This time I was more cautious about passing him but quickly realised he was spent. He encouraged me to go for it and I did. I crossed the finishing line in 1 hour 54 minutes, 10 minutes faster than last year and the first time I have managed a sub two hour finish of this race since 1986 when admittedly I finished in 1 hour 33 minutes which is my lifetime PB for a half marathon. Nevertheless I was very chuffed at my race this year. Rob Davies also managed a faster time than last year. 1 hour 46.27, I m sure he could do a sub 90 on this course. Mike only just bringing up the rear and also faster than last year, was back in 1 hour 55.31 Great running by all concerned. Thanks also the Wolds half marathon organisers. Having collected out mugs, we retired to the Gait at Millington to eat and drink to our successes. A great day out. My duelling with Mike continues, maybe we both should try the Bridlington half in October?


After showing off the mugs

After, show off the mugs!

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<p class="caption" style="text-align: center; font-size: 11px;">Before L-R<br />Phil Hanson, Rob Davies and Michael Watson</p>

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