Sunday, March 2, 2008
The Haweswater Half Marathon
The lead pack at the Haweswater Half
Today's Haweswater Half was the biggest event in our running year, and once again, it seemed to be a roaring success. For a relatively small club, it's a big event to pull off, but careful planning by Susan Hammond, Julia King, Gill Douglas and Andrew Bell (oop, and me) seems to have paid off brilliantly.
And it was an impressive team effort. We swept the corners of the membership list and found a collective of people prepared to sacrifice valuable off-time to stand on windswept corners, bridges and junctions, slosh water into wind-blown cups and wear bits of yellow plastic that the Honey Monster could get into. And more than this, do it with a smile whilst roaring on the runners.
First home was Ian Crampton of Durham City Harriers in 1:13:17, while the extraordinary 100 km World Champion Lizzy Hawker won the ladies race in 1:20:52.
A fantastic day, and perhaps it's one of those things that is really measured by how many Eden Runners still managed to run the distance. The photos speak for themselves.
Well done everyone.