Report from Howard Jeffrey:
I had a busy weekend following a solid week of training including speed and hill-work on Friday. On Saturday morning I thought I would cycle up to Wetherby (it’s almost all bespoke cycle path from where I live) and gently do their second Park-run having missed the inaugural one because of the Clumber Park duathlon and then cycle back. The idea being to get used to the change of disciplines for the Euro long distance duathlon in Horst in a fortnight. I arrived at Wetherby early so did an extra half hour on the bike. The route for the run had changed from the previous week and is a flat but convoluted route through the playing fields on grass, not unpleasant and next to the Wharfe so quite a pretty venue. I set off at the back and went through 1K in 5 minutes which is about the pace I had originally intended. I gradually stoked it up and finished in 21.40 so a bit quicker than I maybe ought to have. The weather turned a bit ghastly for the ride home into wind driven rain. I had also promised Jacque to cycle with her in the afternoon so ended up doing another hour or so in the windy but sunny afternoon. All in all another tough training day.
On to Sunday and the Wakefield 10K. I have done this race many times in the past but not on the current route for which they close the road (excellent) for an out and back undulating course. The weather held up in that it was cool, threatening rain with a slight breeze. The race was won by Ben Marriott of Bingley Harriers in 32.17. First lady Jenny Latham Wakefield and District Harriers in 36.58. Otley representatives:
110th Steven Robinson 40.54, 147th Howard Jeffrey 42.27, 483rd & 1st V70 Phil Robinson 50.10, well done Phil, 512th Tom Hannah 54.15, 1110th Emma Thompson 57.36, 1139th Lucy Mowat 58.44. Full results here and lots of photos here.
The challenge for me was to push hard on leaden legs to get used to running tired (for second run legs of the duathlons) and I was not far off the pace for my peers coming in third place by only a minute, so an ok result. There were 1704 finishers.
You can’t teach and old dog etc., so I will probably do the same thing next week prior to the Guiseley Gallop (or will it be Canter, you decide!)