Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon 2018 was a great race and got me my FIRST EVER sub 2-hour half time — WAHOO! I managed to knock three whole minutes of my previous PB… you’ve got to love a flat race!
We planned and entered Cambridge Half super last minute, and did so with absolutely no expectations. Though part of our Paris Marathon training, it followed a week of heavy snow with no time out running, and to be totally honest, I did question whether it was actually going to go ahead at all. But hoorah, it did. My 14th (FOURTEENTH!) half marathon in three years, and finally, an unexpected sub 2-hour time.
Sure, I’ve been ramping up the training for Paris Marathon and working (very modestly!) on leg strength in the gym but I’m really not one to focus on chasing times or speed. I did wear my Garmin for Cambridge Half, but it was only on 1% battery(!) so I used it as a clock instead of a running watch, so can’t say I was at all aware of my pace. I had a modest brekkie of banana and yoghurt, stopped at all the stations for gels and water, and did even stop for a quick wee in Porta-Loo! It wasn’t until I was 19 miles in, 2 miles from the end that I looked at the clock on my Garmin and realised I was actually in with a chance of getting a sub 2-hour! Then, I was in determined turbo mode, and though it hurt, made it!!
We had great conditions for the race, and it wasn’t too cold despite the Snowmageddon week prior. The Cambridge Half Marathon route really is beautiful, and I’d definitely recommend it as an awesome UK race if you’re on the hunt for a good one to sign up to. Not only is it nice and flat, it takes you on a bit of a sightseeing tour of Cambridge, takin you behind the university colleges and out to the pretty village of Grantchester and back. It’s also not too big and really well organised by Saucony, and full of cheery locals too…
Add it to your list!