Report from Howard Jeffrey:
Quite a few years have passed since I have done this race but I remember it being a course quite to my liking. That is fairly flat tarmac round a figure of eight course in beautiful North Yorkshire surroundings. Despite the fact that it was also the North Yorkshire 10k championships I was the sole Otley vest. I have reduced the triathlon training and am slowly working back up the running schedule. I lined up in a field of another 310 runners just back from the front in anticipation of a reasonable run. I expected about 43 minutes given a sub 21.00 at last week’s Fountains park run. I set off at a reasonable clip and let the over enthusiastic hopefuls surge off and pass. There was a gradual incline up to 1k and a hairpin to double back around the village. By 3k I had picked off most of those I was going to catch and settled into a comfortable rhythm whilst pushing on a bit. You head out for 2K along moor lane and then loop back on a parallel route towards the village. I caught up a younger runner who tucked in behind and was able to hang on for a pb by a minute so I was pleased for him We went through 5K in 21.06 so I was hopeful of a good time. I became conscious of a bit of a head wind on the return loop but I had spotted some-one who was surely in my age category a couple of hundred meters ahead. Lock and load and the chase was on. There were a couple of testing inclines between 7 and 9k where he held his own but in between I was making ground. In the last K to the finish by the village duck pond there is a great downhill stretch along the main street. At the top of the hill I took a second or two to tuck in behind (which I regretted a bit at the finish) to measure what he had left which turned out to be very little as I was able to kick down and storm away to cross the line in 43.01 (42.59 would have been miles better). He was in my age group and that put me in second in the o/60, the leader is 3 minutes or so ahead at the moment. It was my fastest 10K time for 18 months so pleased with that on what is about one third of previous running only training. The race was won by Jonathan Johnson of Harrogate Harriers in 33.58, first lady was Faye Banks in 15th place in 37.38. I was 56th.
Next week is Leeds Triathlon and the results are in for the European Standard in Kitzbuhel next year and I did make the cut for that as my performance was relatively better than most of those doing the final qualifying race in Worthing.