Blickling Half Marathon – 17/10/2021
This was the third running of the Blickling Half Marathon and the first time that the organisers had been able to operate a mass start. Having run the previous two events in waves it was definitely good to get back to proper racing, all starting at the same time and knowing your position in the race. The race was very well organised, starting on Aylsham recreation ground and passing through the local villages such as Calthorpe, Wolterton and Itteringham before passing round the edge of the Blickling estate and back into Aylsham with the finish line in Aylsham Market Place. The course is very undulating and for most of the route you tend to be running either up a hill or downhill. Especially tough is the last section as you reach the 13 mile mark and have one last big uphill to climb back into the finish at the market place – not what you want to see in the final stages of the race! The course was well marshalled throughout and there was good support at certain points on the route. The cloudy weather with cool temperatures was good for running although there was a strong breeze to run into on parts of the course.
Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. This race is run twice each year with both a Spring and Autumn version and hopefully is here to stay on the road race calendar. Sixteen Jags took part, with PBs for Andrew Wicks, Theresa Dean and Angela Pleasants and seven of our runners: Andy Foreman, Barry Halkyard, Amy Fulcher, Blake Payne, Sarah Circuit, Josh Brighty and Emily Beavis all completing their first half marathons for Jags.
|Andy Foreman||1:39:38||First Timer||Silver|
|Barry Halkyard||1:46:18||First Timer||Silver|
|Amy Fulcher||1:47:50||First Timer||Silver|
|Blake Payne||1:54:08||First Timer|
|Sarah Circuit||1:54:09||First Timer||Silver|
|Josh Brighty||1:54:13||First Timer|
|Emily Beavis||1:55:43||First Timer||Bronze|