Hannah Mallinson reports: I arrived at Bramham Park this morning to take part in my first 10k since the end of 2013 following a long, frustrating, few months of injury. The aim was to get round in one piece and if possible run the full 10k, having only been back in training tentatively for four weeks; I wasn’t convinced I’d manage it. As I got out of the car I was delighted to see Tom Hannah pull up next to me, having not been down to club very much this year I’ve been missing everyone.
As it turned out there were a few of my favourite people taking part, as well as Tom I was joined by Laura Hind, John Cowan, Colin Best and not forgetting Justina Stringer, who had got me to enter this race in the first place. The event is a Cancer Research 5k and 10k race with a wide range of people entering from club runners to parents with young kids. It’s a really low key but very well organised event run through the grounds of Bramham Park starting on road and then going onto trails through fields and woods, with a few sneaky hills including a nice climb near the end. I’d forgotten quite how much I’d enjoyed this run and thoroughly enjoyed it yet again.
Laura, Justina and myself all set off together, not sure we were really in race mode as we were far too busy chatting away (tut tut – editor’s note). We pretty much stuck together at the beginning to complete a loop of the field being cheered on by our families and when we hit a downhill section I decided to stretch my legs knowing that there was a hill coming up and I’d be caught up again quickly. As expected I was quickly re-joined by Laura but Justina was hanging back, she often does this in races and then catches/overtakes me towards the end, having gone off too quick and tiring, and I fully expected this to happen in the last 2k.
Laura and I enjoyed a lovely chat (tut tut, again from the editor) round the course, passing a bloke on the flats who would then repass us on the hills where I lost pace, the weather was great and I was having fun. As predicted my lack of fitness kicked in at about 7k and the sneaky hills were taking their toll so I couldn’t keep up with Laura who was still as strong as when she started. I managed to keep her in my sights all the way to the end and got a second wind at 8k when I picked up the pace again. I tried to take the runner in front of me on my sprint finish but he heard me coming increased his speed so I didn’t quite manage it.
Official results aren’t out yet but I think I was just over 58 mins which I am absolutely thrilled with, I didn’t stop and I got under the hour which considering the way this year has gone for me is great. Now I need to get my mileage up in time for Guy Fawkes 10, wish me luck!