Report from Howard Jeffrey: I entered this race thinking it was er, the Ripley Castle 10k…..no I don’t know either! Brother Mick now thankfully recovering said he was doing it and it then occurred to me that I had in fact entered this one. I checked receipts for entry and sure enough it was Richmond here we come.
We picked up the numbers in the market hall … are you twins the nice Lady asked? Yes said Mick quickly, thanks… I was like yeh whatever! We started the race by the river which was well organised by predicted times, ran a few hundred yards on the grass and then worked our way up to the road. I well remember the first hill from the days when I was able to do the Harrogate league races. Up it went quite steeply; a stretch of down and then on upwards to 3K and beyond. Quite a nice set of descents to 7K then a short sharp uphill to 8K to sap your remaining strength. Back down to 9K then a tough last K up to finish in the castle. It felt like we had been in a hard race that was won by Tristan Learoyd of New Marsk Harriers in 34.37, first lady Louise Talman of Darlington Harriers & AC,44th place in 43.01.
I was 69th in 45.40 2nd o/60 (way off the pace which was 40.03). Mick was aiming for a sub 50.00 and was pleased enough with 50.52 given the course, in 158th out of 374 finishers. Results