Report from OAC’s Reid Haddow:
On a brass-monkey, freezing and frosty start to the day, having battled through the fog and over the tops to get to the Guy Fawkes 10 (road and some trail) race, the “Black and Whites” today were out in force.
A really well organized event by Nidd Valley Road Runners with “Guy Fawkes” in attendance although this year I did not see the “Bomb” he is normally holding!
A very undulating course, with three big climbs included in the ten mile route with the first two miles up a challenging climb along a farm track. With freezing mizzle throughout the majority of the course, the OAC runners all ran well with some good placings and their times also looking good!
The next hill came after four miles – a very steep climb to say the least – like vertical!!!
But like the old saying, what goes up must come down, but where…? Onwards and upwards we carried on and slowly the roads levelled out for the next couple of miles, then, “oh no”, another sadistic slope of immense proportions loomed ahead. Upwards we went again, towards the sky, but what sky?!
Some of the runners were now walking up the slope with their faces nearly touching the tarmac, left hand turn at the top, try and breath, then a downward road that God had sent and as the eigth mile sign loomed in the gloom, the yellow marker was hiding what was round the corner…
The runner next to me fainted when he saw the teeny, weeny hill in front of him. “Onwards and upwards”, I shouted at his prone body lying on the road. “Two miles”, he said, his voice fading in the distance, as I staggered to the top, then a right hand turn and back down the farm track towards Ripley Castle and the mad sprint through the archway to the finishing line and the super support from the OAC runners who had finished and were there to shout you home at the end of a tough race.
One for all to do for next year, great event!
Race report in the Telegraph & Argus.
Results from ukresults.