Saturday 16 April 2022 – Draycote Water Half Marathon

Saturday 16 April 2022 – Draycote Water Half Marathon

Draycote Water is a reservoir in Warwickshire managed by Severn Trent and happens to be about half an hour away from my Mum’s house in Coventry. So, when visiting for Easter weekend why not take in a race at the same time?

We’d both run at Draycote before. Its about 4.5 miles around the reservoir, fairly flat on tarmac roads and almost entirely traffic free. The half marathon consisted of an initial out and back, about 1.7 miles to the turn, and then two clockwise laps of the reservoir.

The route was mostly on the service road, so avoiding most of the other users who were out and about, walking, cycling, running or just idling by the water! However, that also meant dropping down and then back up at each of the six dams that make up the reservoir (it’s not like a proper Yorkshire reservoir in a steep sided valley!).

Saturday turned out to be a very sunny, still day, in sharp contrast to the triathlon and Blackburn parkrun only a week earlier, so it was full on summer running kit and even some sun cream. There was a bit of breeze which kept things nicely cool and shade from trees and hedgerows, but there were a few long, straight sections along the dams that got a bit warm towards the end.

The race was organised by Run Through events and was very well put together. Parking was right by the event village and finish line. Toilets were also nearby in the Severn Trent visitor centre and it was just a short walk to the start. The race also started spot on 10am.

My target for the race was 1:40, based on my previous best post op half marathon time of 1:42. I reckoned that the mile pace should be well within my capability so set off with that pace in mind. Mile one though came in a 7:16, a little bit quick, so I eased off but went through mile two at exactly the same pace. I was feeling comfortable though so stuck at it.

The race went well from thereon in and with five miles to go I was starting to think 1:35 might be in reach. BUT, with about 2.5 miles to go I seriously ran out of fuel. I hadn’t experienced that for a long time, not since some of my quicker marathons, so it was a real effort to keep the pace up. Sub 1:40 was still in reach though and I pushed my heavy legs as hard as I could and crossed the finish line in 1:37:05 in 15th place. So, five minutes quicker than my previous best.

Pamela also had a great run. None of the recent injuries reappeared and despite telling me she would finish in about 2 hrs 30 crossed the line with her usual sprint in 2:13:24. Though like me, after the long mile straight across the biggest of the dams to the finish line, was definitely in need of a sit down!

All in all, a god day out.

First overall and first male was Sam Smith (unattached) in 1:20:01.

First female and tenth over all was Rosanna Andrews (unattached) in 1:31:16

Full results here:

One thought on “Saturday 16 April 2022 – Draycote Water Half Marathon

  1. The report from Draycote Water is a good reading and also the performance of Paul T. is a powerful one , Paul crossed the finish line of this half marathon in a fast 1.37 . Pamela T. too had a splendid run finishing in a solid 2.13 . Well done both of you .

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