Report from Hannah: This is a race I’ve fancied having a go at for a few years, mainly because I’ve never been where the route goes and even though I’ve kept saying I’ll do it as training route it’s never happened.
So after being undecided for a couple of days, and with a bit of persuasion from Lisa Maughan I decided to enter. I also managed to get Gemma involved so we set off to meet Lisa in Ilkley to enter on the day, along with what felt like 500 people!
Gemma and I weren’t feeling our best, I’m a bit sore probably from over training and Gem had been celebrating Scott’s win the night before. So our approach was to have a nice run somewhere different and enjoy it.
A couple of years ago I watched a friend doing this race and he said it was tough, I just thought he was being soft, I now know what he meant. You set off and immediately hit a steep incline which then turns into the gorgeous bluebell filled woods continuing to climb up a field and on and on, for what feels like forever. Then you hit the moor which is my kind of undulating territory but still climbing. We eventually hit a bit of tarmac and Gemma was in her comfort zone picking up the pace before another slight climb and about two miles of downhill back to the finish.
We didn’t push ourselves too hard as we were chatting but the hills did manage to curtail our nattering at times and with the downhill we just let our legs go for it. Both happy to finish in about 1:10, I’ll definitely be back to give it another go now I know what I’m in for.
Well done to Jamil for a brilliant win, I understand no one else was near him.
Results aren’t out as yet so not sure where the others came, good turn out from Otley AC with the President, Andy Webster, Chris Tomlinson, Eriks, Nicola Lee and Antonio joining myself Gemma, Lisa and Jamil. Also, 2nd claims Tom Potter and Neil Jones were there. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone and apologies if I have.
Thanks to Ilkley Harriers who were very friendly and supportive, see you next year!