A mere 12 seconds separated third place Frank Beresford from the winner of this year’s Asda Foundation York 10k. The winner was Neil Malcolm (Leeds City) with a gun time of 32:29 and chip of 32:27.
Second place was James Bulman (New Marske Harriers) 32:37 (32:36), with Frank recording 32:41 (32:40) while the first lady in 13th place overall was Martyna Snopek in 35:18 (35:15).
A note from Frank; the first man on the results was the men’s winner in the wheelchair race – which possibly gives Frank second place.
Frank reports: The York 10k was a reasonably flat course, taking the runners from the York Racecourse though the Medieval streets of York (even passing the Minster).
It was a fine course and well organised; and there where about 5,500 runners and a huge amount of supporters to spur them along.
For my race I took off with the lead group of three runners and took it reasonably easy as I let the other two do the work at the front. I was planning on injecting a good dose of speed at the 8km mark but again lacked confidence in myself to sustain my speed.
In the end of the race it came to a sprint finish due to my “laid back” running during the race, I ended up finishing second with a time of 32:41 minutes.
I come away from the race pleased as my aim was to get a sub 33 minute 10k. I now plan to work on my speed to give me the edge in my finishes. My next aim is to achieve a sub 32 minute 10k. It’s going to take some hard work but with some good training sessions down at the club with the lads, I will achieve it.