On Sunday 3rd March, I completed the Cambridge Half Marathon (it was over 20 years since I last did a half marathon which was when we still lived in Cheshire!). The morning was drizzly but that did not dampen the atmosphere of almost 9000 entrants. We were allocated to a wave dependent on the time you anticipated (I think I said about 2:20:00 to 2:30:00) and so was in Wave 3 (green). We were asked to be there about an hour before the start which was only a 10-minute walk from the hotel we were staying at. There was a Pre-Race Expo where runners and their families could meet the partners of the race, grab a coffee or have a massage prior to the race. I joined in with the pre-race warm up before we were instructed to go to our wave start, which was good fun. After a short time, we were led to the start line. The organisation was brilliant and although I was on my own, I did not feel isolated and everyone chatted to each other. Waiting and ready to go, with a mixture of nervousness and excitement, I was wished good luck by a lady who I later found out to be a Coltishall Jaguar! I was wearing my Jag’s tee-shirt. The route was lovely – mostly flat and the atmosphere was brilliant. The race was a one lap loop, taking in the historic landmarks of Cambridge including Victoria Avenue, The Backs, Kings College as well as going through the city before heading out through Grantchester and then back into the city to Midsummer Common. The atmosphere and support were brilliant with singers, bands playing, together people lining the streets cheering and encouraging all runners of every age and ability together with the residents of the villages coming out with bags of jelly babies, fruit pastilles and fruit and keep the runners going. I loved this race from start to finish. I finished in a time of 2:06:45 which, for my first half marathon as a Coltishall Jaguar, I was very pleased with and no doubt I will be booking another half marathon soon!

Helen Ganson2.06.45FTSILVER