The Kilmacolm Half took place on Sunday 10th September. In contrast to the warm sunny Saturday the day before Sunday was pretty grim with heavy rain and wind throughout the race keeping everyone cool.
This race is an out and back following pedestrian footpaths pretty much the entire way so it is easy to get into a rhythm. When I previously ran this in 2015 with Linda the course had included a loop-of-death up very steep hills at the end of the race – this had been removed for 2017 (thankfully). Race is well organised generally and this year was no exception with a friendly atmosphere despite the poor conditions.
The race set off at 10am and takes a meandering route. My plan had been to take it easy for the first 12k and look to finish strong. I found this approach difficult due to the first 10.5k being all gradual downhill and the return all uphill.
Plans for coming in close to 1:30 were set aside about half way through when I realised my legs wouldn’t cooperate with this target. Finished the race in a mildly disappointing ~1:32.
Well worth doing and a great warm up for the upcoming race season!