Not Running the Eastbourne Half Marathon

This weekend was the Eastbourne Half Marathon. I’ve been looking forward to March as I’ve been training hard and have been  feeling very positive about my running. I wanted the chance to have a flat(ish) course to see if I’ve got any better at controlling my speed but also having the confidence to push a little harder. That all came to a halt last week when the dreaded lurgy made an appearance. 

Eastbourne Seafront

Eastbourne Seafront

The morning of the race was so frustrating, we’d travelled down to Hastings the day before and I had been feeling sketchy on-and-off for a few days.  Sunday morning I felt terrible, coughing so much that a run seemed impossible. After a minor tantrum, I decided to make the tough decision to pull out and spectate instead.

Mum at the Beach Deck Cafe

Mum at the Beach Deck Cafe

It was such a beautiful day on the front. Compared to the strong winds you usually get at Hastings Half marathon, it was great to have blue skies. It was fairly chilly at the start but it soon warmed up.

Tom leading the start

Tom leading the start

There was a nice crowd at the race. It was also great to know a few people that were taking part – a couple of members from Winchester had travelled over and an old school friend was there.

I had expected this to be a bit like the Hastings Half Marathon with lots of people watching and the town having a strong support to the event, but this was much more low key than that. The race starts at Princes Park and the road is closed off to traffic initially, the runners head out, up a hill towards Beachy Head, turn back and head down to Eastbourne Marina. Once at the Marina, they run back to Princes Park.

Dan heading to the Marina - Eastbourne Half

Dan heading to the Marina – Eastbourne Half

It is an easy race to watch – we managed to grab a coffee whilst everyone was heading out to the hilly part and could see the leaders coming in from the warmth of the cafe. There was a bit of pedestrian dodging for the runners on the way back as the route takes them off the road and along the coast path.

Steve heading into the finish

Steve heading into the finish

We managed to spot Dan just before 6/7 miles – he was looking pretty happy and making it look easy. After this we headed back to the park to see the winners in.

The winner came in a 1:13 – a Hastings AC chap – and the first lady was in at 1:25.  We didn’t have to wait long to see people we knew making it in, especially as Tom got third place at 1:16.

Although it was frustrating that I didn’t get to run the bonus was spending Mother’s Day with my mum – who had also come along to support.

Dan, Tom & Steve

Dan, Tom & Steve

Well done to everyone who took part. The full photo set is over on Flickr. Fingers crossed I can take part in the Tempest 10 this weekend.

4 Comments

  1. 7th March 2016 / 18:01

    Hope you recover soon, stay positive 🙂

  2. 7th March 2016 / 18:24

    Thanks guys! I’m sure i’ll be back in no time…

  3. 8th March 2016 / 12:16

    Bad luck. Thinking of doing the Eastbourne Half myself next year. Have bath chair, blanket and flask. Need someone to push.

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