9 April came around all too soon! Having had to cut back training after the Bath race, I was relieved to have been able to turn up and run! NCH gave me a warm welcome in a executive box in the Madejski Stadium (home to Reading FC).
Despite feeling the pull in my left leg, I successfully got round the course in another personal best - yes I even beat the time in Bath - knocking another 1 minute and 40 seconds off to cross the line in 1:35:12! I blame the extra twelve seconds on my lace coming undone at around 10.5 miles! The extra news that morning was I'd been featured on the local Severn Sound FM news (my local commercial station)!
This was fantastic as I had no "official supporters" on the route (the family were down in Devon for my nephew's 21st!) and the motivating factor I needed in preparation for London in two weeks.
Inside the Madejski Stadium, overlooking the finish
Reading Half Marathon
On February 5th I completed the Longleat 10K in a personal best of 44:10, only 1 min 30 secs behind my brother David. This was a great start to what has turned out to be a very full year run wise! This was the first race in which our specially designed T-shirts featured. These have been produced by Beast T-shirts to which we are very grateful.
Dave and Lucas, outside Longleat House, before the first race of 2006
Longleat 10K 2006
With my two eldest brothers running and David and me both suffering injuries, it was going to be an interesting day. Especially as my family had me down as favourite to finish first out of the three of us when we started at 11am on 19 March.
Much to my surprise I held true to the bookies form guide and, not only beat both David and John (alias Syd), but I knocked nearly five minutes of my personal best! A time of 1:36:52. David was around 1min 30secs behind and Syd finished in around 1hr 43.
David and I both hobbled to the RICE support tent and there was a lot of screaming from David as he was given a post race sports massage, compliments of the Sport Massage Clinic, based at the Centurion Vocational Centre in Midsomer Norton. Well done to John for his excellent time - he did little training compared to Dave and I and didn't have any injuries either!
Inside the Madejski Stadium, overlooking the finish
Bath Half Marathon 2006