Report from Ursula McGouran
Sunday 29 September arrived and what a lovely day… So there were no legitimate excuses not to go and run the Sutton on the Forest 10k! It’s an interesting course made up of some road, plus trails through the woods, tracks over fields and grassland as well as a good spell on a disused airfield – which in this instance was very windy!
There were plenty of marshals to direct and encourage us on our way, as well as two water stops for those feeling the effects of the sun.
In terms of competitors, there was a good field with 235 finishers. The race was won by Guy Bracken M50 of North Shields Poly in a time of 34:11. The First Lady home and 8th overall was Sharon Barlow F50 of Ripon Runners in a time of 38:39.
I trailed behind finishing 86th (but 2nd F55) overall in a time of 49:34, but was very pleased with myself as it’s the first time I can remember breaking the 50 minute barrier!
So after recovering from the exertion, it was time for a celebratory pint…
I was the only Otley AC runner so if you want a pleasant and slightly lower key outing, remember this one for next year!