The Snake Lane 2017, Pocklington, Yorkshire, Sunday, February 26, 2017

10 miles

Fiona Wood

Firstly I must thank Phil Ray for offering me the chance to buy his place in this as he couldn’t make it.

Despite knowing since Christmas I was doing it, I arrived on the start line with no actual plan or idea how it should most usefully fit into my training schedule for the Paris Marathon 6 weeks away.

So with Allan Seheult’s mantra ringing in my ears (‘don’t go off too fast, don’t go off too fast, don’t go off too fast!’) I decided it would be best to not go too fast and to see how I felt in the first mile or so and just go from there. My plan soon formed into 10 minute miles for the first half, then see if I could speed up a bit for the second half.

The conditions for the first 4 miles were very pleasant, almost springlike, and I was grateful for my choice of capris, not so for my choice of long sleeve club vest. All around me people were removing layers and I was quite envious and tried to concentrate on keeping my pace steady, on the more or less flat course.

However after about 4 1/2 miles, we met a strong headwind, reminding us in no uncertain terms that were were in East Yorkshire, in February! This wind continued from the front/side/both for the remainder of the race which made me even more pleased when I was able to more or less maintain my ‘faster’ pace during the second half.

The ‘hills’ I kept asking fellow runners and water station marshals about could be better long inclines, still runnable, and only a couple. This, along with the lovely countryside and fab organisation / marshals makes this one to really recommend. I’ve no idea what it was like up at the sharp end but for me there was plenty of space around without me feeling like I was running on my own and it still felt like a race, albeit a very friendly one.

Also, the race HQ is at a rugby club and the bar was open afterwards (along with teas/coffees/cakes/massages and a good atmosphere). Now, obviously I’m a dedicated athlete(!)  but I do enjoy a swift half as well! So I hung around a bit at the end, chatted to Michael and watched the prize presentations (which I don’t often get to do as they have usually finished by the time I get there).

Goody bag was a Snake Lane gym sack and metal bottle – pretty cool and jolly useful! With the addition of a Crunchie bar, it’s almost like this goody bag was designed specially for me.

Entries sold out in under an hour for this year, so if you fancy going for the 2018 edition (and I really think you should) then be aware that entries will open at 9.30am on Sat 28th October 2017. The race will take place on Feb 25th 2018 at the earlier start time of 9.30am.

This would mean a much earlier Sunday morning start from Durham but I suspect it would still be worth it! A grand day out in Yorkshire.

Fiona Wood

 

POS
BIB
GENDER NAME CLUB CAT CAT POS
CHIP TIME
FINISH TIME
1
730
Male Michael Littlewood Elvet Striders Vet 40 8/100
01:00:26
01:00:29
2
579
Female Rachael Bullock Elvet Striders SNRF 32/93
01:20:19
01:20:47
3
937
Female Nicola Whyte Elvet Striders SNRF 33/93
01:22:02
01:22:17
4
545
Female Louise Barrow Elvet Striders SNRF 39/93
01:24:48
01:25:03
5
650
Male David Selby Elvet Striders Vet 45 82/93
01:28:36
01:29:04
6
717
Female Fiona Wood Elvet Striders Vet 35 60/76
01:37:24
01:38:11
7
427
Male Alan Smith Elvet Striders V70 5/6
01:40:20
01:40:43
8
390
Female Christine Farnsworth Elvet Striders Vet 65 9/9
01:46:57
01:47:25

 

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