Clear skies. Light breeze. Perfect race conditions.
That was the weather the day before the Bath Half Marathon.
In true British style things took a turn for the worse around 30 minutes before the start of the race. The skies darkened, temperatures dropped and a relentless drizzle began to fall on the 11,000 runners assembled on the start line.
Run-Fast athletes dominated the race from the start over the flat, two-lap course which is renowned as a perfect setting for personal best times. Perendis Lekapana seem unfazed by the adverse conditions and decided to go for a fast time as well as the race win. She went through 10k in 32:50, an in-race personal best, and held the lead in the women’s race to win in 70:53, a massive PB of more than three and a half minutes. A number of people commented that she would have been close to the course record of 69:27, held by Liz Yelling, had the weather been more favourable. A talented young athlete, Perendis ran a series of tactical races in 2013 taking podium places at each of her races.
Gladys Kwambai finished 2nd for Run-Fast in what was her first race outside of Africa, despite developing a problem with her hamstring early on.
In the men’s race Nicholas Kirui edged out team-mate Boniface Kiprop Kongin to win in 63:13, Kongin following closely into 2nd in 63:27. Personal best times for both men suggested that, in better weather, both athletes could have come very close to the course record of 62:01 set by a Run-Fast athlete in 2012.