Sunday 5th October – Bramham Park Fun Run 10k

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!

  1. #1 by Hannah on October 6, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Stop tutting me editor, I’ve not been training much and needed to exercise my jaw!

  2. #2 by Sarah fuller on October 6, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Well done you back in the game 🙁

  3. #3 by Sarah fuller on October 6, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Don’t know why that came out with an unhappy face!!! You know what I meant!!

  4. #4 by Caron on October 6, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Great to see you back hannah! Good run from everyone!

  5. #5 by Howard on October 6, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Well done, great venue, great cause.

  6. #6 by Matt Podd on October 6, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Well done everybody. Good you enjoyed it Hannah

  7. #7 by Joanna on October 6, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Lovely to see you back running Hannah, & well done all

  8. #8 by Shane Ewen on October 6, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Good to have you back Hannah and well done everyone else.

  9. #9 by Colin Best on October 7, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Results are out but under 2013 results for some reason
    John Cowan 36th 48.36 29th male
    Colin Best 83rd 53.13 65th male
    Tom Hannah 90th 54.01 68th male
    Laura Hind 120th 57.48 42nd lady
    Hannah Mallinson 126th 58.17 45th lady
    Justina Stringer 146th 1.01.01 59th lady
    Winner Sam Alderson 41.11 1st lady Angela Reeve 41.56
    201 finishers

  10. #10 by Antonio Cardinale on October 7, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    I wish you a good run at the Guy Fawkes 10 Hannah M. your report from Bramham Park is enjoyable to read as well, welcome back. Well done everyone who took part in this lovely 10k.

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