Tavistock Half Marathon – 24/03/2013

A strong team of Musketeers triumphed in the Tavistock Half, despite strong head winds.

27th was Guy in 1h32m 2nd in age category, 40th Eroy 1.36 and 17 in age, 61st Craig F in personal best 1.42 25th in age, 79th Chris W 1.46 80th Jenny K 1.47 4th in age, Claire Squires 1.55, 136th ,Sarah H 1.56 4th in age, 139 Jane H 1.57, 3rd in age, 157 Sharon Stevens (ex Muskie) 2.04 6th in age, 158 Bob C 2.04 1st in age, 176 Sam G 2.08 personal best.

This was a very good set of results with personal bests and high age category results and everyone is to be congratulated.

The race is generally well organised except it was let down before the start by the lack of race numbers. This led to long queues for those who registered by post and had to have their chips marked with a number by felt tip. Therefore, those who joined on the day could do so very fast.

Another consequence of the numbers was lack of obvious visual identity so the commentator could not call out
names as they entered the finishing circuit of the Tavistock College running track which meant a lack of atmosphere. Though of course, the Muskies stayed in force to applaud their colleagues in true team spirit.

The course is not an obvious one for fast times, having about one mile of hill half way through and a long road into a head wind for about three miles. The route takes the runners along a spectacular high viaduct overlooking the town, new to many non-Tavistock residents.

By Guy