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HALF THE BATTLE

SIMON MESSENGER TAKES ON RUNAWAY BRIDES, SCANTILYCLAD MEN AND A SURPRISINGLY TOUGH COURSE AT THE INAUGURAL BIG HALF

THE BIG HALF

The weather forecasters hadn’t lied, for once, it was genuinely snowing in London and, after a few days of apocalyptic wintery weather, the capital had ground to a halt. Thankfully, after a few tentative days, the Big Melt was in full swing and, with that, the Big Half – London’s newest half marathon – could take place a few days later. On his flight in from Ethiopia, Mo would be sleeping soundly, the weather would be fine and, for the fourth time in his career, he would indeed get the opportunity to line up against me (and a few thousand others).

The Big Half is the brainchild of the London Marathon organisers and is deliberately scheduled to take place seven weeks before the marathon as an ideal test of one’s race sharpness. It mostly covers the first half of the actual marathon’s route – albeit in reverse order – starting out at Tower Bridge before going out to Canary Wharf and back, across the river and out to Greenwich via Bermondsey.

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