Sunday, 4 December 2016

Run Barbados Half Marathon

The race medal
Suzie after the race
Grantham Running Club's Suzanne Britz took part in the annual Barbados Half Marathon on Sunday 5thDecember as part of the Islands Run Weekend where they host a variety of different races over the two days. The chip timed race started at 5am in 26 degrees C with a cool sea breeze which allowed for a easy start. The race started in the dark on the Esplanade just south of Bridgetown and took her north along the coast through the city, past the harbour, National Heroes Square and the Port before briefly following an inland route along Spring Garden Highway then returning back to the coastal road to the point of turnaround at Holders Hill, St. James where she embarked on the return leg running into the rising sun and temperature. There was plenty of much needed water stations with pockets of supporting crowds and steel pan players along the route keeping her spirits up. Suzanne had set herself a target of coming in under 2hours with the hope of beating her previous half marathon personal best and whilst she managed to complete the race in 1hr 58mins, this was 4 mins outside per personal best but given the temperatures, she ran an excellent race. Overall she finished in 86th position from 344 local and international runners and was the 28th female from 188 ladies that took part. She received a t-shirt and finishers medal when she crossed the line and celebrated with some well earned rum later that day!

Position Time Name
Grading  AG Ranking

88 1:58:56  Suzanne Britz
58.40%        N/A

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