Report from Kath Robertshaw:
Jack and I recently tackled a 10k trail race in the grounds of Holker Hall near Grange over Sands. We took part in this race last year and wanted to see what damage a year can do.
A mainly flat course with a climb to the finish. The only problem is the wind as the course drops down to the Morecambe Bay coast. There were a lot more runners than last year mainly from two clubs based in Barrow in Furness and Walney island.
We had spent the previous week on the North Wales coast and walked round a fair bit of the LLeyn Peninsula coastal path. As usual with coastal paths we had climbed up and down several hundreds of steps. This was to prove disastrous once the race started. My quads soon seized up and running was very painful. I could see Jack struggling in the distance and soon after 5k I passed him. He complained of feeling dizzy but said he would continue. After checking my watch at 9k I thought I could maybe get under 57mins. Passing Jack had spurred him on and he caught me and said we had half a km to go. However this last km was very long and I managed to finish in 59.36 with Jack recording the same time. The general concensus was that the race was 6.5miles!! The pleasing point was that I was nearly two mins faster than last year. We were the only over 70’s and there were only 3 over 60’s. Certainly a youngsters race!!! The winner was John Rocke from Aberdeen Uni in a time of 35.44 and the first lady was Michelle Liddle 45.42. Jack & I finished 73 and 72 out of 135 finishers.