Report from Andy Webster: It was a perfect Spring day for the Spen 20 race. Chris Hosker and myself were the only Otley runners who made the start line.
This was my third attempt so I had memory of the undulating nature of the course. Chris had stayed just behind me for the first mile and a half. Then he sped off in the distance. I have not raced much this year so was planning on running steadily as part of my marathon preparations.
The miles sped by, just as I started my second loop at around 13 miles the 2 leaders were entering the last couple of miles and heading off to the finish. At about 15 miles just at the last long climb, I could see Chris in the distance walking. He was struggling for energy, so I donated my last gel on the way past.
The last few miles went reasonably smoothly, though was tiring myself. There is a lack of water stations on this route so stopped for two glasses at the last stop. Finally reached the stadium where you have a nice finish on the athletic track.
I finished 140 in 2:48:20 slower than last year but still happy.
Chris Hosker had a second wind and finished in 2:51:27
This weekend have Trimpell 20 to get around which is a much flatter course thankfully.