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Sydney Half Marathon 2014 results

My watch matched the official times: 1:52:05 for the half marathon in Sunday’s Sydney Running Festival.


Juggling work and dad responsibilities, and battling hay fever in recent weeks, meant my training wasn’t what it should have been. A half marathon is 21km, and I haven’t run more than 14km since May. My split times show this, as I felt strong in the first half of the race but really crashed out in the second half. It was my slowest half ever, by just over 1 minute.

But I was pleased to be able to run the time I did; it indicates my base-level fitness is still there. I’m still under a 2-hour half, and I’m above the 50th percentile for all categories (overall, males, and males 45-49).

It was another fun day. The Family Fun Run was finishing at the same time as us. And on my way back to the car I saw the crowds starting the 9K Bridge Run.


Blackmores half marathon results: so close!

The times are published. I ran yesterday’s Blackmore Half Marathon, part of the Sydney Running Festival, in 1:44:47.

That put me in the top 22% of times for all 7594 people who ran the race, the top 35% of all male runners, and the top 36% of men aged 40-44. I kept my pace just under 5 minutes per kilometre.

That’s just 35 seconds off my personal best. I knew yesterday I was close. Part of me is really happy with that result, and part of me is angry for not pushing just a bit more.



Next race: Blackmores Half Marathon

Blackmores Half Marathon crossing the Harbour Bridge. Photo from Charlie Brewer, used via Creative Commons license.

Blackmores Half Marathon crossing the Harbour Bridge. Photo from Charlie Brewer, used via Creative Commons license.

There are two big half marathons in Sydney each year: one in the autumn sponsored by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper which I’ve done all four years I’ve been here, and one in the spring sponsored by vitamin company Blackmores. I’ve only done the latter race once, in 2010; schedules have conspired against me since.

But this year I’m in it again. So are a lot of other people judging by the number of Blackmores running shirts I’ve seen worn along Cooks River in the last week.

This race is rather exciting because it’s part of the Sydney Running Festival, an entire day of races (a marathon, a half marathon, a 9km bridge run, and a 3.5km family fun run). All of these races go across Sydney Harbour Bridge, making for really engaging and scenic running. I’m looking forward to doing it again.

This will be my seventh half. Training is going OK, but I can feel the aches and pains setting in: I’m not as pliable as I used to be. Grmph. Also the hump of the bridge means I’m unlikely to set a personal best. But I’ve always been happy with anything under 2 hours, and will continue to be.

Year Half Marathon Time (HH:MM:SS)
2009 London Parks 01:50:57
2010 SMH 01:44:12
2010 Blackmores 01:46:14
2011 SMH 02:32:31*
2012 SMH 01:46:23
2013 SMH 01:45:56
2013 Blackmores ?

*I was running with a first-timer.