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Sunday 29th November: Barnsley 10k


Report from Howard:

For the last couple of weeks I have not run to let the hamstring that tightened at the Abbey Dash loosen up. I went to the Roundhay park run on Saturday and felt ok so I had a look what was going on the following day. Barnsley 10k which I am sure was described a fast flat pb course. Not sure if they have recently moved the venue but it was around Royston a few miles to the North of Barnsley. Entries on the day a whopping £17.00. When I woke up, the wind was howling and the rain was lashing down and it felt pretty chilly. Not for the faint hearted but when you get going and are in the zone the weather becomes irrelevant. I registered and warmed up a bit and the rain had eased off but the wind was still gusting. I noted Andy Webster was braving it in shorts and a vest; I had leggings long sleeves and gloves! We were chatting away at the start and missed the gun. It took a good few seconds to leave the squidgy grass and get onto the road which was closed for the event on one side at least. The route was quite congested and Andy went off from about 400 yards in. At mile one there was quite a long hill (surely some mistake?) but we had a tail wind so it was not too bad. Nice stretch of down and I could see Andy in the distance. I had warmed through by mile three and there was another big hill (What?) got to the top of that and on the descent the other side overtook Andy and we turned back into a stiff headwind. About mile five the road started to ramp up again and there seemed to be an endless uphill drag to the top. All in all quite a tester of a course but a pretty good race and well organised. The race was won by Jake Wightman Edinburgh AC. In 32.18, Mark Hall had another storming run in 36.35 to come in 9th. First lady was Rebecca Winter of Acworth 47th place in 39.45. I came home in 184th place in 46.14 and Andy not far behind in 47.17 224th (he did the handicap on Saturday too). 736 hardy souls finished All chip times and results courtesy of Power of 10.

  1. #1 by mark hall on November 30, 2015 - 10:16 pm

    I have run this race before and knew what to expect but with the wind it made it even harder. It is a PB race if you have never run a 10k before! I was a member of Barnsley ac, they are tough in South Yorks and consider this as a ‘rolling’ circuit.

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on December 1, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    I agree with you Howard , 17 pounds for a 10k is way too much. Good report from Barnsley , 46:14 is good too in such weather condition and you not being in good shape really and I agree with you also about Mark H .storming run 36:35 a fabulous result 9th out of 736 runners . Well done everybody .

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