The ChampionChip Half marathon series consists of six half marathons across NI. To qualify for a ‘place’ you must run four out of the six. Cookstown is my fourth on Sunday and looking at various runners’ Garmin stats I was quite shocked at some of the course statistics. I did Larne in March and scored a PB of 1:43; Lisburn in June and came in seven minutes slower in what felt like a punishing course and Ards, also in June – it felt tougher than Lisburn but I achieved a much more respectable 1:46 time…
Now the Garmin stats: Ards felt the toughest & the Garmin stats bear this out with an elevation gain of 171meters. However, I felt Larne was a good course and its elevation gain was 166 metres compared to the woeful feeling Lisburn race which has an elevation of 146 metres!!
Of course these stats don’t take into account the very important length of the hills, but still it is quite instructive. The four half marathons I am doing are all hilly!
To that end I stocked up on Ibuprofen and did a hill run and an interval session since my last post. These went well & the leg isn’t too painful….