Report from OAC’s Sean O’Halloran:
Having made the decision to run the Harrogate 10k race late on Friday I was greeted with perfect running weather on Sunday morning when I woke up.
Following an earlier than usual breakfast on a Sunday we arrived in Harrogate nice and early to make sure of a good parking spot and for me to register for the event not the day. Found the registration desk and got my number and waited for the other OAC members to arrive. As we were there early time seamed to drag until the start but it was good to have a good pre-race chat with great number of OAC members. A whistle blew calling us to the start so like sheep we all made our way down.
I did not manage to hear the safety announcements (if there were any) and any sort of count down to the start and suddenly we were off. The start was rather congested and uphill. As the field of runners thinned a little I had lost sight of all the other OAC members apart from one, Toni was about 50 metres in front of me and became my prey to hunt down (sorry Toni).
The course is a two lap affair, miles 1,2 4 and 5 weaved in and around an estate and was predominately uphill, however miles 3 and 6 were down hill which was a relief for the legs and some time could be made up. Both Toni and I had a similar pace as the distance between us kept relatively constant until mile 4-5 where I started to gain. Just before the 5 mile marker I overtook Toni and stepped up my pace as I know the downhill to the finish was coming up.
In the final downhill mile to the finish I went as fast as my little legs carry me and knew I was going produce a PB, but could I break the sub 60 target???? Getting to the bottom of the hill it flattens out for a short while until before the uphill 50 metres to the finish. I rounded the corner onto the home straight just to see the clock tick pass 59:59, so close. But the job was not done, I sprinted up to hill to the finish line and recorded a time of 60 minutes eaxactly, a PB by nearly two minutes. Received my goodie bag and water and went to cheer Toni across the line who was just behind me and who also recorded a PB by a similar amount.
All OAC members had a good run today and I think more PB’s were also obtained. Although I was so close to the the magical sub 60min target, I know it not that far away and I’m really pleased with my performance and time today. I really enjoyed the course, it was well organised and marshalled event and one to add to next year’s list.
For OAC, Ian Fisher finished fifth (and first MV40) in 33.01, Howard Jeffrey 89th (42.56), Andy Webster 172nd (47.36), Tom Hannah 228th (49.42), Dave Hainsworth 276th (52.28), Joanna Hobson 324th (55.11), second-claim member Emma Payne 351st (56.27), Sean O’Halloran 390th (60.00) and Toni Midgley 401st (61.06).