Report from Sara Elliott:
As the four of us (Billy, Andy, Nicky and I) headed off to York this morning, with Andy kindly providing taxi service, we were all saying how little training we’d done. A mixture of Achilles problems, shin splints, chest infections and colds had meant we were ‘just going to get to the end’.
As we arrived it was wet, foggy and miserable. Our ray of sunshine arrived in the form of our very own Howard J, in disguise as he didn’t have a number. He’d promised to pace me to sub-40 when we’d last met at the Leeds Christmas 10k, but this was pre chest infection and I’d only done one long run since last May!! Oops!!
We lined up in the rain and Nicky and I trotted alongside Howard. Anyway, it stopped raining, conditions now perfect and I felt comfortable at the pace Howard set…until mile 10!!! I died a little, tested Howard’s patience lots (“you haven’t worked so bloody hard to let it go now”) and got through it. A Harrogate lady thanked him for pacing her too as he quietly slipped away just before the finish line…
I did it 1:38:21!! A whole 1:15 off last year’s PB.
Thankyou Howard, you’re an absolute star, and can you make yourself available for every race please? 😉 and saw Nicky come in not long after but missed Andy and Billy-who both had much better runs than they’d expected.
From Howard: Thought it a fair division of labour for Sara to do the report. Really pleased she got the PB because from 10 it was getting tough but she dug deep and maintained the 7.30 pace right to the finish and this is what it looked like (photo attached). I had faded away and dropped out by then.