A small group of Striders took part in the Yorkshire 10 mile race on Sunday 17th October 2021. Kirsty Nelson and Steph Greenwell ran the race two years ago, and both got PBs, whilst it was the first time for Phil Swinburn and myself. This was a race that I had targeted for a 10 mile PB so the pressure was on!
The race began in the heart of York, arguably the most beautiful City in Yorkshire (ed: not the world?) and passed many of its historic landmarks, including the world-famous York Minster and the mighty medieval City Walls. The race also headed out into the Yorkshire countryside where runners enjoyed the scenic surroundings and quiet country roads. A marathon was taking place on the same day. Kirsty ran a great time in this a few years ago. We took an early train to York and arrived in good time. Despite the rain the atmosphere at the race village (at the uni) was great and whilst sheltering from the rain (pre-race) we discovered Hull sports rehabilitation students looking for clients for free pre-race massages. We all took advantage 😁.
It was billed as a flat road race, a rarity for me, but ideal for my attempt to get a PB 🤞Pacers were available and we all decided to start with the sub 1hr 30 pacer. My personal plan was to stick with the pacer until mile 8 and then try to increase my pace for the last two miles.
The race started and the first half a mile was downhill, the pacer told me we would be running back up this hill at the end of the race, not an ideal finish and I knew I’d need to build this into my race plan. The race had huge support from the people of York throughout the route and this really helped me. We set off at a 8.45ish pace and pretty much maintained this throughout, there was a nice group of runners with the pacer and all were supportive. I discovered that the pacer was 75yrs old! He’d clearly been a brilliant runner when younger and I felt that he could have ran faster than the pace he was helping us with. What a legend! At mile 8 I stuck to my plan and slightly increased the pace leaving the pacer group along with another female runner.
The hill at the end definitely slowed me down but I dug in and got to the top to find that the finish was about 400m downhill. I stretched my legs out and crossed the line at 1:28:41 (21st in age category). This was a huge achievement for me and I still cannot believe I maintained the pace for so many miles … I may never be able to repeat it! For sure I definitely run better with a pacer so huge thanks to him.
Well done to Steph, Phil and Kirsty who all ran a cracking race 💪.
|Pos.||Name||Cat.||Club||Time||Gender Pos.||Cat. Pos.|
|1||Jordan HOWE||MS||York Postal Harriers||00:52:42||1||1|
|26||Georgia WOOD||FV40||Bournemouth AC||01:01:43||1||1|
|658||Heather RAISTRICK||FV55||Elvet Striders||01:28:41||207||21|
|828||Kirsty NELSON||FV45||Elvet Striders||01:32:44||286||42|
|836||Philip SWINBURN||MV40||Elvet Striders||01:33:01||547||87|
|942||Steph GREENWELL||FS||Elvet Striders||01:36:07||357||117|
Full results can be found at Chip Timing
Race homepage (for next year’s event): Yorkshire 10 Mile 2022