Race report from OAC’s Richard Smith:
Mr Potter and I headed over to the dark side (Lancashire) this morning to take part in the Ribble Valley 10km organised by Blackburn Harriers.
The alleged flat and fast course was an attraction and we both hoped to finish 2012 on a high note.
The drive across gave some indication that it wasn’t going to be easy… wet and windy with bouncing hailstone.
Upon arriving in Clitheroe we bumped into fellow OAC members Mark and Chris using the unofficial toilets behind the sports centre and after a brief warm up, waited at the start line with over 1,000 fellow lunatics in the freezing rain.
Tom relayed his expectations for the race by commenting, “If I don’t win, I’ll finish a close second” and without further hesitation, we were off!
The race start was understandably congested with hundreds of elbows trying to stamp their authority on the race. The first section of the race was pretty tough due to foul conditions and menacing inclines.
Although there were no ‘killer hills’, the course remained undulating for the duration as we ran along windy and exposed country lanes. I paid the price in thinking the course would be pancake flat, started too fast and began to feel extremely jaded. After the 5km point it was just about hanging in there and despite ill-timed loosening of shoe laces and lack of upper body sensation, I managed to finish in tact and lose a few Christmas calories in the process.
I didn’t catch Mark and Chris at the end but Tom finished strongly in just under 41 minutes and despite Christmas festivities finished apparently no worse for wear.
All in all a good race with an extremely competitive field of runners. Lets hope the weather gods smile on us next year.
Results from ukresults.
Race report in ChronicleLive.