Chris commented: “Having met David Hainsworth in the village hall race HQ we ventured into the rain to the start. We had been promised a flat course and this was quite true, the route snaking across a fairly featureless agricultural plain. The breeze was brisk, offering help in places but hindering in others particularly around the 6-7km mark.
“My race plan was to run five-minute kilometres and see whether I could keep them going for a time under 50 minutes. I started smoothly and was right on schedule at the 5km point. The increasing wind and my increasing fatigue then took a hand, and the next couple of kilometres were a struggle.
“I recovered a little towards the end and finished in (by my watch) 51:51, somewhat outside my 50 minute target but still a personal best by nearly a minute, so I could not be too disappointed. I had run plenty of intervals in training but I think I need a few longer runs to build up endurance in the second half of the race if I am to achieve (as a 40 year old!) my 50-minute target.
“David finished strongly shortly after me, and Liz a couple of minutes further back, a good performance in her first race back from injury. The finishers’ goodie bag contained a decent hat which we were grateful for on the windswept walk back to the car.”
Official results were: Chris 51:59, David 53:17 and Liz 56:34.
The winner was Matty Hynes (North York Moors) in 30:46 and the first lady was Amy Green (Keighley & Craven) in 25th place overall in 38:09.