24 November 2015, 10 am
To say it was hammering it down when the Seymour family donned their BVR vests at Conwy would be an understatement. Still, the trip gave Colin an opportunity to use his new selfie stick…
As we took our places at the start and prepared to follow in the footsteps of many intrepid BVRs before us, the race was delayed by 10 minutes and the rain subsided. The route starts on the Quayside and in front of the 700 plus year old Conwy castle. It runs along Deganwy promenade and to the West Shore of Llandudno, then a 2 mile undulating climb up the Great Orme. The climb proved challenging for many who chose to walk the steep parts, but not for us Seymours – far be it for us to face Lynda at track if we had walked!
It’s no wonder Frank cites this as one of his favourite half marathons. The view out across the Irish Sea is simply stunning and certainly beats looking up the 2mile path to the top of the Great Orme! The top of this carboniferous peninsular marks the 7mile point with a welcome water station and very encouraging marshals and volunteers.
A 2mile downhill section is next and we were back at West Shore retracing the route to the quayside. The terrain for this race was mainly road, with some sand and “gravelly underfoot” thrown in. The last mile back to the castle and the finish was lined with well-wishers cheering the finishers back in.
A first-time half-marathon for Daniel who came in first (01:46:42), Colin was second in (02:10:33) and Fiona was third – or first lady?! – (02:12:34).
As Ruth Amin quipped: “Funny sort of family outing if you ask me… ” but very satisfying nonetheless. Highly recommended. Fiona