That is a big, bold claim but we think it is correct. "But why is it?", we hear you ask, well here are some facts that started us thinking.
1. The course is incredibly flat with only a canal and the tram tracks to cross giving you any incline. Additionally, it is very straight meaning no speed sapping bends - the finish 'straight' is almost 2.5 miles long!!
2. It is accurately measured. We have worked with one of the UK's top course measurers to accurately measure the course which now satisfies IAAF criteria for accuracy meaning you can qualify for the Olympics - if you can run fast enough!
3. It is proven to be a fast course, just look at the times that experienced athletes ran on the course in October 2016
** 74% of the first 50 finishers ran a personal best or a season best. These guys run fast all of the time so for almost 3/4 of them to run a PB or SB is staggering. Don't forget - it is an accurate course too.
** 56% of the top 250 ran a PB or SB
In October 2016, 22 British runners ran below 70 minutes. Compare this to the following 2016 races:
Birmingham Half Marathon – 8 ran under 70 mins
Cardiff Half – 18 ran under 70mins but 10 of these were African so only 8 British
Great North Run – 21 British runners in a race 5 times the size.
Cardiff world half marathon championships in March – 28 ran under 70 mins (this was the world championships though)
Bath Half – 9 British runners under 70 mins
These are facts, showing that this course is FAST FAST FAST. The weather was also raining and speaking to the guys on the podium it was clear that there was some trepidation to go faster at the start. If the weather had been more settled they would have done and then run faster.
Watch out for mega fast times on October 15 2017! Or secure your race number and achieve your own PB!