Report from Reid Haddow:
The race started at Driffield Rugby Club at Kellythorpe in the East Riding of Yorkshire on a very warm – hot indeed – day.
Start at 11am, 214 runners, with most East Riding Running clubs being out in force but we did have an away trip from Pudsey Pacers who brought a bus load of runners and supporters with them. Again only one “Black and White” out – myself.
The race started round the corner from the Rugby club after we had all cheered the youngsters home in the fun run, which is always well supported.
Driffield Striders, the host club for the race, are always well organized – just like Otley A.C. are!
A long two mile run uphill, along the old Bridlington-Hull road, a very steady climb, before we turned sharp right, onto the mucky duck trails, way out into the start of the Yorkshire Wolds. The course was very undulating, with a hot burning sun beating down, two drink stations were available (and you did need them).
Parts of the course were very isolated, with many runners been spread out along the course, at five miles I was struggling again, calfs were very stiff and a pull on my right thigh but keep going Reidy lad, as we came down one of the long fields. I could see the church in Driffield in the distance, 7 miles, and we were back onto a short stretch of road, that led onto the playing fields surrounding the Rugby Club, came to the 8 mile marker, “Let’s go”, I thought but nothing in the legs, hang on, passed two people on crutches, sure I didn’t see them in the race or did I? And there it was, the finish line in front of the Rugby Club grandstand, a sprint for the finish, across in 74.04 for 142nd place. Disappointed? YES. Try harder next year. A distance of approximately 8.7 miles. Great run well organized, marks out of 10? an 8!
Results from here.