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Neil Davidson has run his third “and final” Basingstoke half marathon, completing the undulating course in early October in a time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.

The course has recently been voted as one of the Top 10 rated half marathons by Runner’s World. Whilst undulating in nature, the route brings the runners back to their original starting location in the Memorial Park, and the overall climb statistics suggest a total climb throughout the race of 204 metres, an average climb rate of 15 metres per mile and a “flat equivalent distance” of 14.37 miles.

The race was won by a certain Mr Kirui from Kenya in a time of 1.05.33 …. but did he have time to enjoy the scenery in the countryside villages to the south-west of the town!?

Neil ran as a member of “Team GB” in memory of Gary Bowler, a well known and well liked friend from the Candover Valley villages, who died tragically in the summer of this year. The team raised over £3,500 for the Children’s Eye Cancer Trust. The lad pictured with Neil below is one of Gary’s sons (Sam) who accompanied a couple of the team members on various stages of the route.

 

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October 2013

 

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