Includes training tips for the Winchester Half Marathon
Denis Wong's Story
I've always been a regular runner, but nothing serious, usually a few kilometres up and down the river once or twice a week. I have occasionally run further and I'm a cyclist as well so I know the beautiful countryside around the region. When I saw the Winchester Half advertised on Facebook, as the 10th anniversary of my mother's death was approaching, it was an easy decision for me to apply to take part, especially when I saw that Macmillan Cancer Support was fundraising.
That was late spring, leaving me plenty of time to train and prepare. Initially, that consisted of doing what I've always been doing but that had been mainly on the flat. Looking at the route of the Winchester Half. I discovered that there was significant climbing involved and so local hills became a part of the training routine. Initially that was hard and nearer the time, as the event loomed, I felt I needed to know the route and cycled around it. That was key, since it enabled me to put the run into my mind's eye – I knew before I started, based on my training, how I would pace myself and what kind of time I would make.
On the day, the weather was perfect. It was sunny with a light breeze, so I warmed up quickly and never got dehydrated. Fellow runners were friendly and it was great to cheered on by the crowds, especially when they shouted out my name (written on the event bib). Friends and family came, which I was grateful for; I bumped into a former colleague on the way!
The event passed without a hitch. Reviewing afterwards, I appreciated the event timing technology, based on a throwaway shoe tag, which not only timed me but also gave on-line videos of me at the halfway point and at the finish. Thanks to the organisers and sponsors of the event and to Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a great day and a great event. Keep up the good work!