On Sunday 18th November John Nevard returned to his home town of Gosport in Hampshire to join 2000 other runners taking part in the 33rd Gosport Half Marathon. It was John’s first attempt at the 13.1 mile distance, having run several 10K races over the course of the past 12 months.
The two lap course takes runners along the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent, mainly run on cycle-paths and pavement with the return leg heading along the Esplanade. The course was nice and flat. Conditions were near perfect with blue skies and sunshine, with only a slight cooling headwind to contend with at the turn.
John’s plan was to run an even paced race. With the race going more or less to plan, John finished in a time of 2:04:54, which he was very happy with for a first attempt.
The race was extremely well organised by Gosport Road Runners with a super goody bag and medal, good support around the course and even a samba band to keep runners entertained.
The winning man was Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers in a new course record of 1:07:33. The winning lady was Lorna Russell of Winchester and District AC in 1:18:52.