This is one of my favourite runs and this year there were quite a few Striders taking part. It was a beautiful day for a race, still, sunny and not too cold. It was a bit muddy and parts of it felt very like cross country. The first half contains quite a bit of uphill, but that makes for an enjoyable second half.
The race goes through some lovely countryside including Studley Roger deer park. As we ran through, Melanie and I saw two separate herds of deer, one of about twenty five and the other close to a hundred. After we finished we were talking to the Striders and hardly anyone had seen the deer, Melanie and I were accused of having mid race hallucinations !
Looking at the group photo taken before the race, we think we have now convinced the other Striders there were some deer …
Many congratulations to Rachel Terry who won her age category ! Also to Rachel, Jackie and Melanie who were the third women’s team to get home. And to Lindsay who was running his first 10k.