|PB for Chris|
Chris Toon was the sole Grantham Running Club representative at the second ever Pontefract Half Marathon on Sunday 30th September. The 2017 edition was Chris’ first ever half marathon as a novice runner having completed that year’s GRC 10 weeks to 10K course. Having loved the course, so much – the beautiful South Yorkshire countryside tempering the toughness of the very undulating terrain – Chris returned to see how much he could improve on the 2 hrs 11 minutes he clocked last year.
With an early 8:30am start and a fairly long journey from Grantham up the A1, there was no time for a warm up. With this in mind Chris took it easy for the first few miles, taking his time to reach his target race pace. Enjoying favourable conditions for racing – cool, cloudy, and with only a slight breeze, Chris picked up the pace through to ten miles and was running well.
Fearing he may have overcooked his effort having only recently returned from a calf injury and with the final three miles back to Pontefract all uphill, it was the lure of a good time and the fantastic encouragement of the spectators that spurred Chris on to the finish. He crossed the finish line in 1:46:54, bettering his previous best half marathon time by nearly two minutes. Chris hopes he can take this good form into his upcoming races at Kielder and Peterborough.