The Jersey Marathon took place today, and as well as the full race there is a five person relay event, with mixed distance legs which really makes it accessible for both new and experienced runners.
I managed to get a team together in my office, which was pretty amazing as there’s only 35 of us, and there’s only really two regular runners. Our entry was funded by the company, and I was really proud to run in our branded running vests, the first time we’ve ever entered a team in the relay.
Our team consisted of myself and another lady who also runs half marathons, together with three guys who are newbie runners – aside from football and the occasional treadmill run. It’s been fun encouraging them to train, and hearing about how their running’s been going over the last couple of months.
Anyhow, I was on the third leg, which is my usual one, and the longest at 7 miles. I last did it two years ago, in a time of 51:56, and I was aiming for 50 mimutes this year.
The leg starts in a field in St Ouen, and I got there with plenty of time (as I’m always paranoid about not being there on time) and had a nice time chatting with various running friends and ex-colleagues. The weather was beautiful, blue sky and sunny, although a strong wind – thankfully the rain from Saturday had gone away!
My teammate arrived a good 5 minutes before I expected him, which meant we were off to a great start! It was pretty cool waiting, with a strong wind, and so when I started running my legs actually felt a bit numb! I started off at a crazy sprint, and did my first mile in 6:43, way faster than what I was aiming for.
I eased back and found my pace, a good fast race pace, but I only had to keep it up for 7 miles! There’s so many people taking part in this race, there’s such a good atmosphere and support, I just flew along.
The route is mostly rolling hills, and includes sections that I run along all the time, so it was familiar, and I knew where to push on and where to give myself a break. I hit 6 miles at just over 43 minutes and thought that I might have a 10K PB as well, so I really picked it up and did my last mile in 7:03, an awesomely strong finish.
I missed the PB by about 10 seconds, but finished my leg in 50:39, hitting my 50 minute target and doing it a minute faster than previously – amazing!
My team finished in 3 hours 37 minutes, coming 72nd out of 251 teams, which was amazing! So proud of my colleagues.
I had a few friends taking part in the full marathon as well, and some of them got PBs, which is amazing. A great day for Jersey runners!