by Catherine Gilmore

Valencia Half Marathon Sunday 23 rd October 2022
You just never know where Sportsworld members may crop up.
On Thursday last I travelled to Valencia with two former Sportsworld Members Madeleine and Emma. On our arrival we were met with exceptionally warm weather. (Temperature ranging from24 to 28 degrees). (Jose did tell me it may rain, I don’t think Jose is from Valencia.)
On race day I was fortunate that I was staying within walking distance of the start which was great. Race start was 8.30 am. Starter was brilliant and really motivated the Runners on the start line.  However, with temperatures ranging from 20 degrees and increasing to 22 degrees and humidity at 81%. I decided I needed to be realistic about my race plan and adjusted accordingly.
It is a really flat course, and it does take in the fabulous sites around Valencia. The Support from beginning to end was amazing and all along the route the Spectators were full of encouragement.

For me I ran a good race for the first 10 miles but unfortunately the weather and humidity got the better of me for the last 3 miles but it was so good to see the finish line.
But what a great way to recover, spending time on the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Oh did I mention a glass of wine as well?
Finish time 2.03.