Yesterday, I ran the Fraserburgh Half-Marathon. This was my first road half since 2007 – I’d originally wanted to do the Crathes half, but, as usual, I waited too long to enter and it was full. My primary aim was to break the 2 hour barrier, or at least to be close to my last road half-marathon time of 2:07.
The weather at the start was dry, but there was a chilly breeze off the sea. The course leads out of Fraserbrugh down the A90, then turns off and loops through the countryside, taking in part of the old Fraserburgh-Aberdeen railway line, now a long distance path known as the Buchan Way. After going through the six mile point in about 53 minutes, I felt that my target of sub 2hrs was still on, but soon after that, my pace began to flag, and the lack of long distance training runs became apparent.
At the end of the loop, the course re-joined the A90 to head back into Fraserburgh. Just after entering the town, and in plain sight of the finishing line, the route takes a 1.5 mile loop through the neighbouring housing estate, with a leg-sapping climb adding in the middle. As I crossed the finishing line, I saw my time was 2:08:21, not quite as fast as I’d hoped, but within a minute of my last half-marathon, set almost 10 years ago.
All-in-all, a good, well organised race. For another (and better written) perspective, visit Rhona’s race report at http://www.redwinerunner.co.uk/2015/11/16/race-report-fraserburgh-half-marathon-2015/