Oli wins Eden half marathon!

As you will know if you’ve been following what we do here at Fifteen Cornwall, our assistant restaurant manager Oliver Gibson is running the New York Marathon next month on behalf of our charity the Cornwall Foundation of Promise.  Here’s his latest update on his recent triumph at the Eden half marathon……..

Well it’s been 2 ½ weeks since my last blog and it’s been busy!!!! 

I followed up my mid September high mileage week with another 70+ miles which included the Newquay 10K on October 3rd. I’m afraid I couldn’t pull off the win, but came in second behind a visiting runner from Wales. Despite the second place, my coming in as the leading local runner was enough to seal the title for the ‘Cornish Glass and Glazing’ Grand Prix series. After a well earned Sunday roast down on Newquay harbour, it was time to pack the car up, head to Plymouth and jump on the ferry to France for a few days of R and R in the Dordogne. It was just what I needed before the final few weeks of heavy training in preparation for New York. I did get in a fifteen miler and an eight miler, but the body really appreciated the rest (plus vino and food!!!)

I returned on Friday 8th October to prepare for the Eden half marathon on the Sunday. This also being my birthday, I obviously wanted to do well. I ran in my Fifteen Cornwall vest. I don’t know what it was, but I felt much more nervous than I normally do for this one, and was very fidgety in the long traffic queue heading into Eden. 

The setting was amazing and weather beautiful for myself and about 1000 people over my shoulder at the start of the race. Once the gun went off, the nerves disappeared, as they always do and it was on with the 13.1 miles (or 21km). Having no experience of the course, it was a trek into the unknown, which can make things difficult, especially as I was alone from the 3 mile mark until the end. Once in the lead, the challenge was to pace myself to not ‘burn out’ early, but to run quick enough to keep my lead. In the end it was a fairly comfortable win. I came in with a time of 1:16:36, no where near my personal best, but nearly 2 minutes ahead of the next man (and 2 minutes quicker than last years winning time by a bloke who ran in the commonwealth games this week).

I enjoyed my celebratory free pasty and beer, especially as I will now not be touching the booze (apart from wine tasting when on the wine section!!) until after the run.

Moving forward, it’s all about avoiding getting ill and putting in the miles for the next 2 weeks, then ‘tapering’ down so I’m full of energy for the race itself.  My diet and nutrition is stricter than ever, which means I have to make sure my balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats is spot on to keep myself at optimum health and fitness. 

In my next post I’ll be talking you throught the importance of the right carbohydrates as part of a healthy diet, but for now…..must run!


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