Sunday 4th August was my home town 10k, organised by the Jane Tomlinson charity.
This is an easy one for me – just 10 minutes drive to the racecourse in York. I do love organised runs, but I’m terrible with early starts so local events are always preferable. I got up at 7am to eat porridge and a banana, that way I could make sure I’d done all my digesting before the run started.
There’s event parking at the racecourse itself. We parked on a side street a few minutes walk away – the streets do seem to be getting busier and busier every year though. I’ve heard lots of people say the traffic is bad getting to this run from further away, so make sure you’ve left plenty of time.
We got the racecourse in plenty of time and spotted a MASSIVE queue for the portable toilets. I didn’t even need a wee but the husband and I didn’t have much else to do so we joined the queue and stood around for 15 minutes. By the time I got there, I did need a wee so all was well before the start of the race. With an estimated 6000 runners, I think a few more loos would have been good.
I’ve done this race in previous years and the start has been a bit of a mess – everyone penned in on Knavesmire Road and not able to hear the announcers. This year there were pens for sub 45, sub 55, sub 60 minute runners to assemble in, to be followed by 60 minute + runners, joggers and walkers. A huge improvement! I set off with the sub-60 runners and was a bit surprised to see people walking within the first kilometre. A bit ambitious in the group they stood with perhaps 🙂
This run is billed as one of the most beautiful 10k’s in England and they’re right. It goes past the river, York Minster…it’s lovely. The route is mostly flat, with a few small inclines. It does get narrow at some points though, so competitive types might find it a bit frustrating if they get stuck.
I had Harry Gration from Look North (our local news) running behind me for a while, he was getting so much attention from the spectators! I sped up so he didn’t overtake me.
There were lots of people on the route cheering us on – thank you so much!
The finish came quite quickly for me. Up to 7k I felt fine and like I was going fairly fast. I didn’t dare look at my Garmin in case I was actually going really slowly! The 8th and 9th kilometre felt harder but I had enough to get a sprint to the finish.
A disappointing goodie bag, but I think I might have a got a defective one. I got a medal, technical tee and small chocolate bar. The husband got medal, tee, chocolate, lucozade and a stack of leaflets. Oh well.
56.41. I’m delighted with that, another PB. If it had been a little cooler I think I might have gone even faster too.