© 2016 -
Goodwood Running GP 20 miles 12 February 2023
There is ample free parking in a field. Even though it hadn’t rained for a couple of weeks the grass was a bit muddy for my shoes. You have to collect your running number and chip at the event.
The Goodwood motor racing circuit is a lovely smooth tarmac surface with no noticeable camber. There are a couple of low gradient hills on the circuit. The organisation and marshals were great with plenty of encouragement all around the circuit.
Because of the lap distance, every race category has to run out and back to achieve the actual distances. We were second batch out, 70 runners doing the 20-
I managed to keep up until laps 7 & 8 when my legs went. I had calf strains and sudden pain forcing me to stop (probably cramp), groin strains, a hamstring started to ache as did the tops of my thighs and the bottom of my feet were in agony too. I decided to ease up as I didn’t want an injury. My pacer finished 23 minutes before I crossed the finish line having been level with me with 2 laps to go.
Considering my target time for 20 miles was 3hrs 30mins, I am delighted with my 3hrs 10mins. I also broke a few personal bests:
(I had planned that as my target for the Fleet half marathon on 26 March.)
20km in 1hr 48min – 10miles in 1hr 27min – 15km in 1hr 21min and 10km in 53mins.
But I ran too fast too early and paid the price later on. If it had been the London Marathon I would have had to walk the last few miles!
I must learn from this and stick to my pace and perhaps do a slower first 5 miles.
The Goodwood running GP was great fun. I did find the mile markers a bit confusing as it wasn’t clear which were for what distance. Either the mile markers should be coloured to match the race number or take them down altogether as they were very confusing and off-
Another idea might be to start the 5k and 10k and half marathoners earlier than the longer distances, as it was a bit annoying and disconcerting having them "sprinting" passed me (often on both sides) like Usain Bolt from my second and third lap onwards chasing a personal best, or just showing off!
We managed to avoid any freezing cold temperatures, apparently the event was run in snow last year! There was no sun and just a spot of manageable short-
On finishing I heard the announcer say:
"and a big cheer and applause for Phil, he has just run… TWENTY MILES!"
I then received a rather nice medal to add to my growing collection! Free photos of the event are available to download too!
|What NHE is campaigning for
|New Homes Ombudsman
|What new home buyers are saying
|New homebuyer's videos
|Running 1,000km in 100 days for charity
|Running 1,000 miles in 160 days
|Running 5,000 miles in 1,000 days
|Running Half Marathons
|TCS London Marathon 2023
|Goodwood GP Marathon
|Thorney Island Half Marathon
|Chichester Half Marathon
|Goodwood GP 20 miles
|Fleet Half Marathon
|Training for the London Marathon
|Running the London Marathon
|Buying a new home
|Do's and Dont's
|Tricks of the show home
|Disadvantages of buying a new home
|Questions you must ask
|Never use builder's solicitors
|NHBC and new home warranties
|Stamp duty and calculator
|Advice and tips for moving
|What is snagging
|Professional snagging inspectors
|DIY snagging advice
|External DIY snaglist
|Internal DIY snaglist
|When you find problems
|Complaining to a house builder
|Making a Subject Access Request
|Consumer Code for Home Builders
|When Will Statutory New Homes Ombudsman Be Operational?
|Statutory New Homes Ombudsman Announced
|Weak Mortar- Britain's Crumbling New Homes
|Weak Mortar - A New Homes Scandal
|Why buyers need a New Homes Ombudsman
|Case for a New Homes Ombudsman
|Choosing a snagging inspector
|APPG inquiry into quality of new homes
|Avoid end-of-year figures rushed new homes
|Claiming compensation for a builder