Sunday, 19 September 2021

Porto Half Marathon


While travelling through Portugal Grantham Running Club's Nev Chamberlain ran the Porto Half Marathon. Held on the historic Riverside, the course offers runners a mainly flat route which includes two crossings of the iconic Ponte Luiz l bridge.

Starting close to where the Douro River meets the sea, almost 2500 runners set off at 8am in a relatively cool temperature. Mindful of trying to keep some sort of social distance, Nev started way back down the field, although his lack of running any distance over the past few months meant that he was also concerned about getting drawn into setting off at an unrealistic pace.

The first two miles were run at a very conservative rate and then he settled down and the remainder of the miles were all ticked off at a comfortable place. The only worry came at around 8 miles when his legs suddenly felt like jelly for a minute or so as he had no energy gels with him he thought it would be game over before long. However managing to keep thinking positive he got to the finish and in fact the twelfth mile was his second fastest of the race.

Crossing the line in a gun time of 2.06:52, Nev was slightly disappointed but this was because of starting near the back of the field. His chip time of 2.01:32 was more where he had hoped to be.

His finishing position of 1933 out of a field of 2461 reflected the quality of the entry as did his 87th place from 123 in his M60 class. 

The race was won by Luis Saraiva in 1.03:11 and first female home was Solange Jesus in a time of 1.15:43 

Meia Maratona do Porto Hyundai 2021

Half Marathon Hyundai 2021


Nationality: United Kingdom


Gender: M

Rank: M60




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