Manchester Half Marathon, October 2019 – Mark Benger

Awesome race on Sunday at Manchester Half, felt really proud to be a Harrier out there.

The support from the locals was fantastic with Jelly babies on supply constantly!!

The rain was making its usual Manchester appearance pre-race but fortunately it gave way at the start…

Started off with the usual fast pace before realising if I don’t slow down I may not make this, then settling into a nice but steady rhythm but still knowing I could go quicker if I needed to… Like GNR the first 4 miles was weaving and dodgy people until everyone started to disperse…..

Had to stop at 4 mile for the loo which must have put me back a minute or two but at that point I really didn’t care?.

At about 10 mile I passed a bloke from my work who beat me at GNR by 14 secs and still up to Sunday hadn’t let me forget it….. Game on!! Seeing him was just the boost I needed!! Bye Bye John ?

Energy gel at the ready I dug in for the last 3 with a time I’d have been happy at parkrun with..

As I’ve told everyone I crossed the line with a 12 minute PB and beat John by 10 minutes?!! A little wobbly at the medal handout but I knew everything I had that day was on the Manchester tarmac…

Still not seen John at work yet but I’m waiting.

Massive thank you to you guys and the encouragement you give me!!

Thank you!