It was a pretty cold morning in Durham when I left, but when I got out of the car at Thirsk race course, it felt much, much colder ! Last year at this race it rained for the entire race, but at least that didn’t happen this year. We were led to the course and stood there shivering waiting for the start. Last year there was a loop round the town before following a triangular course ending up back at the race course. The loop round the town had caused some traffic problems so this year it was eliminated, the triangle was extended and they introduced an out and back arm on the final side. Some people didn’t like that bit, but I enjoyed seeing the faster runners on the other side of the road. There was more use of a busy road this year, which I didn’t enjoy so much, but it’s still an almost flat course.
Four striders made it to this event, although Barrie Evans was a bit late so he didn’t have time to enter on the day and ran numberless.
|1||Stephen Hepples||Loftus & Whitby AC||M||50:31|
|21||Tracey Morris||Valley Striders||F40||1||57:45|