This was very different to Rugby in many ways. Rugby was presented as being organised by a leisure event company that was poor it is execution of the event (not saying it was bad, just expectations were not met) while Newark was presented as a local club event (in fact 4 clubs help to put the event together) but was delivered in a very professional, but low key way very similar to the 4 Villages Half. It was a good event.
I also had the pleasure of running the event with Craig Ogilvie a member from my running club, Hermitage Harriers. This made the race a much better experience. We chatted away for the 1st half to the race, keeping pace with each other - no real time in mind, just running along. It was overcaste and warm - but certainly not as warm as Rugby. The route was flat with only the odd incline due to flyovers, but other than them - flat. Plenty of marshals were out and about with many from the villages coming out to support and cheer us on our way. Meanwhile, Craig and I just plodded on.I just kept running with him as he seemed so comfortable - there were moments I thought - 'Craig, slow down now for a bit', but no we just carried on. Ok in the last mile I felt strong and went ahead but at the end of the race as we talked, he said to me, he thought 'Al, slow down for a bit' So, we thought the same, but didnt say a word and instead carried on. Oh, but it was such a good event and worthwhile, and certainly is when running with a club colleague.
|Craig (in the Grey/Back Vest) and myself on route of the Newark Half|
So, with the 2 of us running together a time of 1.47.45 was hit, and a much better all round run that Rugby. I am not saying Rugby is a poor event for me it was poor and thus very different. Newark was a flat course and this is one of those courses that a fat race is very possible - only issue is it being in August. Still - it is event no 8 out of the way, so 2/3rds of the way through.