Hospice Half-Marathon


I was enjoying my weekend off after the Muskoka 70.3 race when I bumped into a fellow triathlete at a friend’s birthday party who told me about a small 21.1km race which he was going run in the following morning in Gibbon’s Park in London.  I was surprised that I had not heard about it earlier, since Gibbon’s Park is practically in my backyard.  Since I was interested in the prize money for the top finishers, I decided to wake up the next morning and ride down to the park to register.  I figured it would be a great opportunity to try out my Team Diabetes marathon attire and get used to a fast pace, which I had plans of running in a few weeks time in Toronto. 

I started off strong and surprised myself by trying to hang onto the top runner.  I held on for a long time, but didn’t have enough in the tank to overtake him.   I ended up finishing a close 2nd place in a time of 1:18:49”.  I won $100 (first prize money I’ve won which exceeded the registration fee) and boosted my confidence for my planned sub 2:50’ marathon a few weeks down the road with Team Diabetes.

© Brian Groot 2016