The Ladies again managed to upstage the men this time with a very strong performance at the Bath Half-Marathon on Sunday 3rd March 2013. Although the day was dry a biting head wind met the field as it headed east along the Lower Bristol Road on both laps which means that the times were impressive. Jessie Sanzo led the way in tenth place in the Ladies Race in 79.46 for a PB (formerly 81.53). Julia Belyavin also recorded a PB by over 3 minutes in finishing eighteenth in 83.43 (chip time). Julia’s previous best of 87.00 had stood since 2007 so this bodes well for this year’s London Marathon when she hopes to finally crack 3 hours. Penny Gardiner finished 23rd in 84.59 (chip time) and Marie Kirton was 30th in 85.50 (her first recorded half on Power-of-10). Kin Cheung was our fifth lady finisher in 1.48.23 and it was great to see all our lady runners finishing strongly. No team result has been announced yet but they can’t be too far away – although Holly Rush did seem to lead home a strong Team Bath quartet on their home patch.
Tom Merson spent most of the first ten miles in the top 10 but faded slightly in the last 3 miles to finish 13th. Nevertheless I anticipate he will be pleased with his 67.16 clocking as he took 75 seconds off his previous PB. Phil Parry finished fortieth and first V50 in 72.36 – sorry to mention this Phil but Martin Rees of Swansea took the V60 finishing 33rd in 71.31. To put these runs in perspective Phil was over 5 minutes clear of the second V50 though. Our third male finisher was Scott Watkins who clocked 79.22 for 143rd position. Scott clocked 78.56 in 2011 at Bath so would probably have been hoping the sessions with Chris Elson would have seen him running a little bit quicker. Scott eventually finished in front of Jessie having sat behind her into the wind on the first lap (I did comment on the lack of gallantry on his part during the race!).
Well done to everyone from the club who competed there – a great end to a great weekend