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Kilburn Feast, North Yorks Moors, Sunday, July 13, 2014

7 miles

Lindsay Rodgers

Having mainly stuck to park runs and a few 10K races, I thought it time to push the boat out and try something a little longer. Not quite ready for 10 miles yet so when I saw the Kilburn race, I thought why not. It was in the afternoon so no early start; it is called undulating so no serious hills (supposedly); it was in North Yorkshire (almost as nice as County Durham); it was a village fete so the family could come along and best of all there was a public house at the finish line!

So all the Rodgers family headed off with the constant call from the back of the car, are we there yet and will there be ice cream. We arrived to find plenty of parking and even toilets in the car park. We then bumped into Alister on the high street so I did what was right and let the kids pester him, while he tried to get them to become parkrun volunteers. So far so good as race time approached the kids went off and attacked the tombola and Mr Robson and I found our respective places in the pack.

Alister, Lindsay, and mascots for the day ...

With the words of Alan Sehault in my mind about pacing, I set off at a steady 5.00/Km with the intention of running round in a less than an hour. First mile done and then I started to appreciate the reminder from my wife to put sun block on as it was getting very hot and very sunny. The first portion of the race is quite gentle, a small couple of hills and a nice descent, then you realise that ‘undulating’ has a different meaning in Yorkshire, I would read it now as very hilly! Thank goodness for the helpers at the 3 water stations and 2 sponge points, they even had a car driving round offering water to those of us at the back.

So back to the run, I will admit to drifting to a powerwalk on one of the big hills and the constant changing of the running line to find shade. There was a chap of senior age running with me, never found out his name, but thanks to him for dragging me round the undulating bits.

At mile 6 I thought one more to go and managed to pick the pace up again especially when I found out that the last portion was downhill. Then a shock as I passed the 7 mile marker with no sight of the finish line, it seems that in Yorkshire racing they are generous with the distance and so I ‘sprinted’ the last 700 odd yards to be cheered in by Alister and my family with the best thing of all, a photo by Helen of me with both feet off the ground.

Now to the key point, the pub at the finish line allowed for 3 pints of carbo loading and an understanding wife to drive me home! Time just a tad over 1.03 so very happy given the hills and the conditions.

This is a great race and is worth a larger strider turnout, wonderful route, brilliant organisation and plenty for the family to do while they wait, although I am not sure what Alister will do with the coconut the girls gave him. Oh and there is a pub at the finish line.

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Kilburn Feast, Sunday, July 8, 2012

approx. 7 miles

Alister Robson

I didn’t know much about this one so read up using the reports which were submitted last year by Peter Bell and in 2010 by Andy Glass. Jan had emailed earlier in the week looking to share a lift, there were entries on the day and the start was a nice civilised 2pm so I thought, “Why not?”

Kilburn took a little bit of finding but we arrived, nicely early which was lucky as with all the recent rain, (I seem to be typing that a lot recently), the field which is normally parking was closed, so we had a little walk to the outskirts of the village. ‘The Feast’, an annual summer fair was in full swing with some usual stands (tombola) and some unusual ones (Crockery smashing/throw a bean bag at the politicians).

Registration in the village hall was easy and we retired to the village pub to get a pre-race coffee. Blackhill Bounders were already there in force ‘pre-loading’. Jan also pointed out the expensive ‘Mouseman’ furniture which I had never heard of before

The course is one big loop and sets off slightly downhill before a short climb just after the first mile marker, sneakily taking you back down again to 3 miles and beautiful Bylands Abbey but it then climbs unrelentingly all the way up to 6 miles, when finally you drop back down to the village. It’s a little further than 7 miles and on roads all the way, which seems quite common in North and East Yorkshire. Sensibly headphones were banned so you can hear the traffic and marshals instructions but you don’t see many cars anyway.

I had one eye on my watch as I was looking at Peter’s time for last year and was pleased to beat it, but will be even more pleased when Peter is back to full fitness and pushing me every step of the way as usual. Jan came in looking relaxed but said she found it a struggle – even picturesque roads just aren’t her thing and she’d rather be out in the wilds or up on the tops. The prizes were extensive, especially for the over 65s – anyone in that category who hadn’t already won a prize got a bottle of wine anyway. The oldest were in their eighties and I thought that course was tough at half their age!

Not a bad way to end the weekend and a well earned pint after.


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 James Bulman New Marske Harriers MV40 38.13
20 Emma Yates Knavesmire Harriers FV40 45.35
76 Alister Robson MV40 53.18
166 Jan Young FV55 62.47

261 finishers.

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Kilburn Feast, North York Moors, Sunday, July 10, 2011

Peter Bell

I ran this race last year with my colleagues and come in after 62 minutes. My friends had injuries and some a dose of ‘wimp out-itus’. I was on my own this year and the thought of 7 miles was filling me with dread. Hammering down the A19 I began to think about race tactics and smashing last year’s time. It was not going to be easy. The course is very hilly. Hills and me don’t mix! I was not feeling confident and in my rushing to get ready I had not even realised my unfortunate race number.

Peter after a few pints ... With only time for a pathetic attempt at a warm up and stretches we lined up ready for the off. As I stood next to the Foresters Arms I remembered one of the key features of this run. It passes some of North Yorkshires best pubs. A temptation I would have to resist.

As the starting hooter we were off and I quickly realised that this race was full of vests representing a massive range of clubs. From Wales to Scotland, from Scarborough to Crook, this race attracts a much wider field than the 300 or so competitors would suggest.

After a flat run out of the village I looked for people running my pace to hook onto. I was feeling fine at around 6 and a half to 7 minute miles. Then hill number one hit! It’s similar in height and steepness to the ones I train on in Northallerton but only now did I realise how much hills slow you down. Head down I ground it out but my legs just didn’t want to know. I recovered briefly on the descent and again picked up some speed through the village of Coxwold. Then the long flat bit to hill 2. I struggled again to find my pace and was not helped by the thousands of horse flies buzzing around our sweaty bodies. Hitting hill 2 I actually picked up speed and with pure blood and guts I made it to Byland Abbey and perhaps the hardest part of the race, the last third. It is essentially a long energy-sapping, shallow climb before you get to the last mile and a half. This was as bad as I had remembered and I passed some who had given in and started walking. No way was I giving in. I had been beaten by one of my colleagues last year and was out to smash his time to gain office bragging rights. With the last of the climbs done and dusted it was time to put my foot down. The time was going to be close and my Garmin was telling me I had a mile and a half to go and it’s all downhill.

Flat out to the finish I passed the 7 miles mark at full speed. With point 2 of a mile left, the pub came into sight and some people had stopped early before the actual finish line. I had made that mistake before so overtook, much to the annoyance of one runner before he realised his error. I collapsed over the finish and stumbled into the square to receive my prize. No I didn’t get onto the winner’s podium. I had been promised a pint if I beat my colleagues time from last year of 59 and a half minutes and he was buying! I checked my time of 56.24 and with a smug satisfaction finished my Pint!

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Kilburn Feast 7 Road Race, Nr. Thirsk, Sunday, July 11, 2010

7 miles

Andy Glass

Well what can I say … My first outing to North Yorkshire in many years and what a course lay ahead. Affectionately described by Iain Twaddle (Start Fitness) as an interesting and a lovely race, which was also described on the entry form as scenic and undulating. Hmm I thought this could be challenging, especially when I looked at the relief maps of the area and found that Kilburn sits in the valley below the White Horse on the nearby hills and Sutton Bank. (Last time I went up Sutton Bank it was in a fully loaded Mini Cooper with 4 people and camping gear back in the 80’s in first gear and we almost didn’t make it to the summit that day) I now know what scenic and undulating means! It’s runners secret code for ‘hilly and bloody hell you’re going to sweat’.

Andy waiting for the bus ...

Anyway Angela and I, in tow with George Nicholson (Vocal Support and Professional Photography Services), arrive in plenty of time for a cup o’ tea and a visit to the mouseman craftsman’s tea room (Ah there’s always time for a cup o’ tea). Then after a warm up 2pm strikes and were off hooray! I can’t believe it I’m doing my second race in 2 years within a week of each other J

Just over a mile in and hill one rears it’s head hehe a nice 200ft climb lots of people are walking by this point however I plod on slowly to the top and Angela is by now a quarter of a mile ahead of me, she’s motoring already so I resign myself to seeing her at the finish, then its downhill for a while to a lower point than we started and back up we go again! This time its only a smallish hill but the legs are heavy already and its only the 3 to 4 mile point, a shortish downhill section and along we come to the old ruined abbey hang a left and the home leg. Still more ups, downs raises and dips over the second half, in fact too many to remember!

When I finally hit the final mile just below the White Horse I thought to myself ‘ Aha! Fast downhill finish the entry form said and I’m on the home leg!’ So off I belted getting my pace right down, unfortunately the finish is a fast finish but only the last quarter to half a mile before that there’s another bloody hill lol! But only a little one, so not too bad. Then finally I see Angela she’s already finished after having a cracking race (that’s a PB for 7.22 miles for you isn’t it Angela?) and walking back and spots me so runs a good portion of the final home straight with me (thank you! Personal Coach! ) while I push as hard as I can to beat that guy who’s 250yds in front of me. Then you see the finish line with rows of supporters cheering you on congratulating you and finally a nice bottle of water with bands playing in the Heartbeat style village square. Then it’s off to the village hall for a cup of tea, cake and sandwich although I donated half my sandwich and my cake to George. This is grass roots sport at its best.

Oh and the guy in front of me? I beat him and a couple of others too. It feels great to finish with a spurt doesn’t it?

Anyway I highly recommend this race to all fellow striders looking for a very pretty country road race that’s a tad longer than a 10k and more challenging. Will I be back for a go next year? You bet I will!


Pos Name Club Cat Pos Time
1 Phil Taylor Bridlington RR M 38.18
21 Tracey Waller Hartlepool Burn Road F40 45.37
215 Angela Proctor F35 64.24
287 Andrew Glass M 74.08

314 finishers.

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