Patrick Hughes from Ireland ran a blinder in the 2019 Gold Coast Half Marathon, finishing in the top 25 in a top class field with a 4 minute PB. Patrick has been coached online by Sean Williams for the past 2 years and has improved markedly in that period.
Here is Patrick’s account of the race that took him to a completely new level.
I had a great race yesterday in the half marathon. I ran 69:37 with an average pace of 3:17/km so much quicker than I thought. My original plan was to go out around 71 pace but after about 4 km I noticed a large pack of about 20 people which included the lead females around 50m ahead of me so I made a move to catch them rather than running solo. It took a few km to catch them but I settled in nicely behind them and went through 10km in 33:15. The group started to break up around 17-18km but I stayed with the leaders and went through the next 10km in 32:55 which is also a PB. At around the 20km mark I made a move and passed Sinead Diver and did the last km in 3:08. I think I finished around 10 seconds ahead of her. I wasn’t expecting to run sub 70 but I’m glad now that I made a move early in the race to catch the large pack otherwise I would have been running solo and it was quite windy and wet at times.