Thought I'd start the feedback on this one.
Despite the forecasts the weather was not too bad - pretty cold at the start but not raining at least. Race breifing was in a gym on the base, then we all wandered down to the start to dump our bags in a truck. The toilets were already overflowing by then so lots of weeing behind barricades!
There were around a couple of hundred runners so no time groups needed at the start - the hooter blew and we were off and over the line in about 20 seconds. I started too fast - 1st mile in 7 mins (should have been around 7:50), then over compensated and went too slow on the next mile. Rest of the race was like that - gaining time and then losing it again on the next mile. My b/f (a 1:25 1/2 runner taking a day off) tried to help keep my pace up with what he thought were encouraging words but just got a lot a flak from me in return!
The course is totally flat - around an airfield, back past the start and off into the village, back into the barracks, around the airfield again to the finish. Not much in the way of support as you might expect. You get passed by faster runners going the other way at three or four points. It did feel quite windy in some points - although the trees weren't moving that much.
It felt a real struggle, but I finished in 1:44:54 on my watch so just squeezed under 1:45. However, this half (my fourth) is the first half where I've not beaten my previous times and it's a bit depressing looking at the times at each mile and missing the splits you're aiming for. Probably because I hadn't run for about ten days just before hand due to resting a dodgy knee - I think I lost more fitness than I realised.
Quite good t-shirts and lots of water at the end. Apart from the toilets, I thought it was pretty well organised. And it started raining as we left - so excellent timing from the weather.
Hope everyone else enjoyed it. I think I saw Glen, but didn't get a chance to say hello and didn't spot anyone else.