Macclesfield Half Marathon - Sun 26 Sept 10

After a good club turnout last year, only one Deestrider, Martin Witty, made the journey to Macclesfield this year. The day was a little chilly, but with very little wind and some occasional sunshine, conditions were perfect. The race starts and finishes on the athletics track and after 500m ventures out onto the roads. A good start is essential to avoid the bottleneck when leaving the track, a gentle 3 miles completes a loop past the hospital back towards the start. The route then descends to the 5 mile point before the first of three hills is climbed and a battle with the fourth placed lady on the climbs saw a fast pace being maintained. It seems to be all uphill to 8 miles and then all height is lost in a fast downhill mile before the final climb to the 11.5 mile point, a couple of places were made and lost on this climb as the effort on the earlier hills began to tell. The last mile involves a gentle descent back towards the finish, although a short, sharp climb greets the runners prior to re-entering the track for the final 300m. A strong run by Martin saw last years time beaten, but was just outside the hour and a half target at 1.30.04, 72nd overall (70th in mens race).

The challenging course and excellent organisation make this a worthwhile event to enter and it comes highly recommended.