Heaven & Hell Half Marathon Report

Time: 11am
Route: Heaven & Hell Half Marathon
Distance: 13.1miles
Time Run: 1hr 33mins 19secs
Mile splits: 6.45, 6.22, 7.21, 7.23, 7.00, 6.50, 6.21, 6.33, 9.21, 9.00, 6.29,6.45, 7.09

I really enjoyed this tough, hilly half marathon. Katrina & I left home just after 8.30am and arrived at Scone Airport a few minutes after 10am giving me plenty of time to get organised. I met John Kennedy in the registration hall and we had a good chat. John often joins us on our whw training runs and is a very good runner holding the record for the Devil’s.

I went for a quick warm up and met up with Ritchie Cunningham. Ritchie ran 180 miles over 4 days last weekend so not surprisingly he said his legs left tired! I still wasn’t expecting to see him in the race though.


The weather was really good and even though it was very windy I decided to run in just my club vest. There seemed to be a decent turnout with over 200 runners. I was determined to try and set off steady as I knew from the profile that are two tough hills plus lots of smaller ups and downs. The main uphill is at 8 miles and lasts for 2.2 miles so I was keen to try and keep something in reserve for that.

We set off a few minutes after 11am and I found a few people to run with. Before the start a guy called Andy introduced himself. He runs with George Reid amongst others and is keen to do the whw race one day. In the race I spent the whole race chasing him. There was another guy who John Kennedy introduced me to. He is 55 and ran a 3.05 marathon recently so I knew if I could stay somewhere near him I’d be doing all right. I ran with him for the first 3 miles and then pushed ahead.

I was enjoying the challenge of the run and trying to stay comfortable. There was a long gradual hill at 5miles which I felt okay on and then a long downhill from 7miles. Even though I was trying my relaxed windmill technique I was almost caught by someone. I took some water at the 8mile station and then we turned left and the long 2mile climb began. There was a notice from the ‘devil’ to enjoy the hill!

I kept a steady pace going the whole way, counting 100 breathes at a time. I was pleased to see the 9mile marker and then even more plesed to see the final hill to the top. I cuaght one runner, a lady but once we were on the downhill she caught me again!

I was calculating in my mind that I should be able to beat 1hr 35mins which had been my goal. Miles 11&12 were mostly downhill but the last mile was hard as it was right into the teeth of the wind. I was happy with my finishing time and run.

I spoke to John & Ritchie after the race and they both seemed happy with their races. It was a really well organised race with great food afterwards. I would do it again!

The day was rounded off well with news of another Everton win!!

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6 Responses to Heaven & Hell Half Marathon Report

  1. SOUNDS LIKE A VERY TOUGH HILL TO HAVE YOU RUNNING 9 MIN PACE, I ONCE RAN THE JAMES HERRIOT 1/2 A FEW YEARS BACK AND THERE IS A KILLER HILL AFTER 8 MILES IT GETS STEEPER AND STEEPER UNTIL YOU ARE CLIMBING UP A 1 IN 3, YOU REACH THE TOP AFTER 10 MILES AND HAVE A LONG SWEEPING DOWNHILL TO THE FINISH!WELL DONE 1.33 IS A GOOD TIME FOR SOMEONE TAKING IT AT A COMFORTABLE PACE IN SUCH A HILLY RACE!

  2. Thomas says:

    I think you really enjoyed this run. And I agree with Rick, that’s a good time for someone on a Sunday stroll.

  3. Chris says:

    Well done.Brilliant Everton win as well.

  4. Stuart says:

    John. Wished I’d known you were there. I’d have introduced myself!Really enjoyed the race as well. Very tough climb.

  5. Andy says:

    Great to meet you John, and a real honor to spend time running with you. Thanks for the inspiring blogs!

  6. Anonymous says:

    John, what are your tapering plans pre-Fling?Rick… CAPITALS = SHOUTING! BestJimmy

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