For this report, our Roving Reporter caught up with Ian Glover aka Northern Monkey to find out how he got on....
RR - so Ian tell us more about why Southport Half was on your race plan, and what the lead up was like....
The weekend leading up to the race was fantastic, what a great place Southport is for a family weekend. Me and my girls had a great time the whole weekend.
I had a mixed nights sleep the night before the race, followed by a good breakfast in the hotel. I said goodbye to my girls and some fellow runners in the hotel before heading nervously for the start line in a neighbouring park.
My girls caught me up in the park, and it was great to see the red army approaching. Both Paul and I had earmarked this race for a sub 90 min attempt and it was the first leg of Baz's merseyside tour. They were joined by a fantastic and loud support crew, including of coarse the Shabbas chief supporter, Marie (mrs Baz).
RR - So what the actual race like for you?
I was feeling good running on pace up until about 7 miles, and at seven miles I heard something very special. I heard it first, and then saw it, the Shabba support crew, the flag flying on railings set above the road and the screaming, wow lots of screaming as my girls and the support crew gave me the loudest Shabba cheering I have ever heard. Thank you all for that support it gave me a real lift.
RR - so what happened next?
I struggled for a while and thought shall I just cruise home at a slower pace now the dream had gone, I had to give myself quite a severe and audible shouting at, at this point ( a tip learned from the D-dog). "Get your arse in gear Glover and run it hard like it's supposed to be run."
I focussed solely on the runner in front of me and said to myself, "I'm gonna catch and pass you." Nothing else mattered then I had tunnel vision, "I was gonna catch and pass you," then the next one, then the next one.
RR - that sounds tough. Did it work?
I stopped my watch on 1h31:23 which was a new PB by 35 seconds for me. I had the last few miles of the run to get my head round missing my goal, so was happy that I had at least got a PB. Goodies were collected before I went and joined my girls and the crew to shout home the Super X machine that is Baz, and we weren't disappointed as we were treated to one of his trademark sprint finishers.
A great day and a great run, Southport thank you.
RR - FANTASTIC! you must be bursting with pride at that!
- had I reached the peak of my athletic ability?
- was that as much as I could give?
- what was I doing wrong?
Having kicked those thoughts around in my head for a while, I know I will never be the quickest, and I will need to amend my training somehow to achieve the goal, but I will get that sub 90. It may have to wait until the spring but I will get it.
Fantastic to hear about the fabulous Shabba support again too - not forgetting both Ian and Paul running that town to support Baz.
Well done Shabbas - yet again, this Roving Reporter is proud of you!