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Run Newcastle Valentines 10k, Newcastle Town Moor, Sunday, February 12, 2017

Robin Linton

Well what an awful day this was, wind, ice, sleet, rain, more wind. I don’t think many striders were in attendance but at the same time the race was pretty busy, around 614 people I think. Registration was 9:00-10:30am, seems a long time for people to register as the numbers were not sent out prior and with a race start time of 11am. To be honest there was a lot of waiting around, we got there early to park and I say we I mean my mam Helen Linton (Also a strider), my partner in crime (some would call her my partner) and a few work friends/friends.

The baggage drop was literally a ground sheet but did the job, can’t complain? Marshalls and staff were helpful and polite, parking wasn’t an issue but we were there early as last time I was at this course (The Mo run) parking was a nightmare.

So after standing around for over an hour in awful weather, I did a quick warm up and pushed my way as far forward as I could, probably a bit ambitious about 10 from the front but wanted that time badly. I was aiming for 46 minutes and seeing how I got on. David Hinton started ahead of me and I knew he was quicker from certain training sessions, didn’t even target him I thought it was a lost cause. Anyway the race started and I was swamped, I had prepped myself mentally for it, knew it was going to happen but I was running my own race, no one else’s. I was aiming for 7:15s ambitiously and the first mile was bang on. Before I knew it, unintentionally my legs were starting to get carried away, I had to slow them and look after my breathing but half way through mile 2, I was getting in a rhythm and finding that sweet equilibrium of effort and conservation.

5k came and went, gave myself a little maths lesson as it ticked through 10 slower than my 5k pace, started overthinking I have gone to fast, I’ve gone too fast. But just after mile 3, I could see David up a head, I told myself do not over work to get past and I didn’t, I sat at pace and didn’t alter one bit. 4 mile beeped on my Garmin as I went side to side with David, all I could think is please don’t come back at me, please. I just didn’t have any more to wind up with to defend that sweet first strider position, although my catching up was paced, once past I started getting quicker to the point I had to dab the brakes on a little as I started losing the rhythm and breathing. So thanks to David, for shaving some time off for men

Came up past the 9k mark where in the distance I could see my mam, yes on her second lap, on the pass back she had waited 30 seconds or so (we can minus it from her time) to take a photo of me head down, eyes forward and having a big talk with myself not to unload to early, obviously I got a big shout too. Last 400 meters, started unloading with everything I had, thought I had enough to dip under 44, I took 7-8 people with no flutters of resistance to go over the finish line. Chocolate and water followed along with another 2 miles cool down to shuttle back for the people I had booked up with and offer them morale support.

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Burton Leanord 10K, Sunday, July 19, 2015

Robin Linton


Robin the lone Strider.So I keep saying I am a new strider but I have now been part of the group since May so it’s probably time to take away my newbie title and give myself the ‘guy who brings the cake’ title (courtesy of my girlfriend of course). I have never written a race report before but since I was the only strider to take part in Burton Leonard 10k [and indeed, the first race report on the site for this race. Excellent! – Ed.], it seems like I should write a race report as it is a race I would recommend in the future.

So I entered this race because I only had 2 Sundays off in the month of July and I was itching to get more 10k competitions under my belt. So I had a look around and there was nothing within the distance I could compete at as the Beamish 10k had been cancelled, a race I thought would be excellent around the grounds but never mind I booked up to this one instead!

It only cost £10 with a UKA number and it was only about 70ish miles away just outside Harrogate on the 19th July. I couldn’t find race reports online off anyone who had done it apart from the fact in the description it described a few obstacles on the route. So I entered with a good friend of mine who doesn’t do a lot of competitions or even has the need to train but is a good runner and definitely had the capability to do it. So we drove down with our girlfriends and showed up to this little village and when I say little village, it was tiny. The whole place was shut down for this race, I think it had been going on 4 years but it was amazing to see a community come together like this to stage this race, everyone in the village must have either been competing or helping out.

So we collected our numbers and made our way to the start line which was a little unnerving as the weather was just starting to change but it stayed good throughout the race. The marshal sounded the horn and off we went, immediately my friend and I could tell we were losing time as we started right at the back and I mean out of 350 people-ish we were 2 from the back. We decided to take it easy at first as there was limited room to pass and we didn’t want to get too pushy and obstruct people.

Red and Yellow and Green and Blue, and Orange and Purple and ...We got up the first 1k in a reasonable 5:16 and then as the group spread out we started making some keen and aggressive overtakes. The first part of the route was old country roads, pretty standard to run on no problems at all. We came across a ford and there were two routes, the foot bridge (the sensible dry option) or run through it and it was quite a big ford. By the time we had realised we could use the foot bridge we were half way through splashing water and mud everywhere.

After this we started an uphill climb, just gradual nothing to sinister, my friend started to pull away and honestly I could have kept up but normally I exert myself too early in races and come across the finish line on my hands and knees. So I let him go and proceeded to continue with my own strategy, it got very cross country very fast around the 4k mark, running through fields, down long sloping muddy paths which were very claggy and liable to slipping. As I came out the woods as I would call it onto 8k I was feeling good. I started to pick up the pace, it was back on good solid roads and paths so I really turned the wick up and attacked a hill the best I could. I could now hear foot steps behind me and I was being chased by 4 club runners in the same group and they were gaining on me quite quickly. The competitive side of ‘these 4 from Harrogate harriers’ I think it was are not going to pass me came out. So I pushed hard for the last 2k with a 400m sprint finish. I was happy that I managed to pull out a gap to them and they didn’t even get the chance to pass me, I didn’t set a PB but with the tricky terrain I felt I did okay with a 56:32 only a minute and a half of my latest PB.

At the end we got water, a banana, a sports bag and a medal quite a good little reward for the price I paid to enter and for such a small event the support from such a tiny village was great. I would definitely do it again!

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