Report from Howard Jeffrey:
I have done Meltham 10K before and don’t remember it being ‘Tough’ as described this year; especially when compared to some of the brutal, alpine and ‘toughest’ races undertaken by fellow Otley AC ians. It is par for the course for the Pennines in winter….i.e. Tough! I had just forgotten. They had added the title following the bad, wet weather last year. This year it was cool and dry although the wind whipped up a bit on the top for a while but generally conditions were OK for January. Even without poor weather the route is a challenge of some seriously long, relatively steep ups and downs. I think the winning time of 37.28 by David Thompson of Barnsley AC reflects the difficulty. 1st Lady Amy Karen Green of Keighley and Craven was 31st in 41.57. 305 finishers: Ego solus iterum Otleymus (or something/nothing like that).
I expected my age group to be won in around 43 minutes, so was a bit surprised to come second (by 11 seconds, 6 gifted at the start!) in 78th place in 45.06. I had raced hard a couple of guys in my category and got the better of them but ran out of track to get first. Pleased enough with weekend workouts and on to Dewsbury next week with a target of sub 40 weather permitting.
Full results here