It was a busy weekend for races and we were spoiled for choice (Raby, Pier to pier, Windermere and Calderdale). Having done Raby for the last couple of years – I decided this was the one to do again.
The day dawned bright and breezy, so could I improve on last year’s time? This year the parking was adjacent to the start and finish – so no long dash to the start – which seemed to work very well. There were a series of events, with a fun 1.2k and 5k and then to finish the 10k – which is two 5k laps of the estate – either tarmac or good forest track. There is a long uphill at the start of each lap and a nasty sharp rise around 4 and 9K towards the end of each lap – so not one for a 10K PB.
As is usual there were a number of striders warming up and chatting before the start, which makes it all very sociable. I’m not sure if Gareth and Rob were psyching each other out as to how easy they were going to take it, but they soon disappeared in front once we had started – and from the results do not look to have been taking it too easy. The wind was against going up the first hill, which did make the going hard – but we were sheltered to a degree by the trees to the side. On reaching the top and turning down to the farm – which should have been a relaxing way to get back into your stride – the wind made even that bit of down hill hard work. The views – if you choose to look – are stupendous by the way. The second half of the lap apart from when you come out of the woods is very pleasant running. There was a tail wind on the open section and not too warm. I felt I was going OK and the two laps were approximately the same time so managed the pacing OK. On the final run into the finish there is always a good crowd to cheer you in. Initially I though I was a tad slower than last year but I had remembered the wrong time and as it happens managed a few seconds quicker – so that was very pleasing.
No monster goody bag and T but very welcome cake, banana and water. What is there not to like. Despite the wind and the hills there were excellent performances – well done to all. Hopefully there will not be the clash of events next year and more can sample the delights of Raby – a very scenic and well organised event.
|position||name||club||gender||age position and category||time|
|1||Drew Ingis||Darlington H & AC||1 20-34||35:22|
|25||Heidi Dent||Howgill Harriers||1 20-34||39:36|
|16||Gareth Pritchard||M||4 35-39||38:39|
|63||Conrad White||M||5 55-59||43:41|
|113||Louise Warner||F||3 35-39||47:10|
|115||John Hutchinson||M||11 55-59||47:12|
|126||Sarah Davies||F||4 45-49||47:58|
|138||Michael Ross||M||28 40-44||48:28|
|145||Malcolm Sygrove||M||22 45-49||49:01|
|189||Marita Le Vaul-Grimwood||F||8 40-44||52:00|
|215||Anna Seeley||F||17 20-34||54:06|
|271||Gillian Green||F||17 45-49||61:30|
|292||Helen Hall||F||18 45-49||64:22|
|298||Joanne Parkinson||F||22 40-44||65:28|
|315||Kate Talbot||F||30 20-34||75:32|