Run Barbados Marathon Weekend
Grantham Running Club’s Neil Emerson flew out to Bridgetown Barbados to take part in their local running festival, taking into account both the temperature and the humidity Neil wisely opted for the half marathon not having done any hot weather running on his usual training routes round the Vale of Belvoir. The starting gun was fired at 05:00 to minimise the effect of the rising sun and the brief rain shower an hour later was certainly welcomed as they ran from the Bay Esplanade out of the city before dawn. The course was flat with a couple of sharp inclines to test the legs and would have been a lot easier had Neil not picked up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race. The upsides of the race was the friendliness of the locals and the superb organisation of the event, the only downside is that by going for the shorter distance Neil arrived back before the crowds arrived to cheer home those doing the full. (Pictures enclosed are Neil in the home straight and Neil with his medal) Neil is now training for his three 2016 marathons in Barcelona, Berlin and Prague.