Report from Howard Jeffrey: I lined up at the start of the Dewsbury 10k today with 1075 other runners. No trace of the ice and snow from the previous few days but it felt pretty raw and there was quite a stiff headwind up to the halfway mark which is reached after a slight but definite incline. You do a tight hairpin round some cones in the road and follow the same route back to the finish so the second half is down then flat and today with the wind in your sails.
The race was won by Mohammed Abu Rezeq of Altringham and district AC in 31.02. Jamil and Frank (another PB) not far behind in 5th and 9th respectively, others and times below. 1st lady was Shona Fletcher, Richmond and Zetland Harriers in 35.57. I was 3/36 o/60’s but three minutes faster than last year and best time since early 2012! You have to be doing about 36 mins for 10k to be fairly confident of first place in the o/60’s, which is tough and my ultimate target.
My target today of sub 40? If you reach your target it was too easy…. right? The wind did not help and I was out in my super light flats so I could feel the calves tightening in the last 3K. That did not slow me down as I kept up with the others around me but it stopped me going faster. I could not have gained the 45 seconds needed and all things considered a satisfactory race.
Hot off the press: Jamil, Frank and Jeremy won the Team Prize. No Mean Feat. Excellent!
Full results here: http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/race-results.php?event=1821&page=1
Report from Jamil Parapia: Sniffles for a few runners but this didn’t put off the brave racing the Dewsbury 10k in cold and windy conditions. The first 5k was straight into an icy headwind. I pity those who did not wear gloves. I ran out in 16.50 and back in 15.33 which has to be the biggest negative split I have ever run. There were some fantastic performances from Otley runners, most notably Frank Beresford (32:39pb), Jeremy Stewart (37:08pb) and Nicola Lee (46:15pb). Both Jeremy and Nicola took significant chunks off their previous bests. Frank’s time was was also admirable demonstrating the progress he is making. Otley took the men’s team prize. It was nice to see Howard Jeffrey, head down sprinting in to finish in P3 in the V60 category in 40.45. Great straight line speed. The final Otley finisher was Eriks Zvaigzne in a time of 47:14.
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