ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Neil runs in Barbados

Neil Emerson shows off his medal from Barbados.

Neil Emerson shows off his medal from Barbados.

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Grantham Running Club’s Neil Emerson flew out to Bridgetown, Barbados, to take part in their local running festival.

Taking into account both the temperature and the humidity, and not having done any hot weather running on his usual training routes round the Vale of Belvoir, Neil wisely opted for the half marathon distance.

The starting gun was fired at 5am to minimise the effect of the rising sun and a brief rain shower an hour later was certainly welcomed as the field ran from the Bay Esplanade out of the city before dawn. The course was flat with a couple of sharp inclines to test the legs and would have been a lot easier had Neil not picked up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race.

The upsides of the race was the friendliness of the locals and the superb organisation of the event, whilst the only downside was, that by opting for the shorter distance, Neil arrived back before the crowds turned up to cheer home those doing the full marathon.

Neil is now training for his three 2016 marathons in Barcelona, Berlin and Prague.