Report from Billy R
On a very blustery Sunday morning I travelled alone, with Sara Elliott pulling out on the morning of the race due to tight calf muscles and feeling under the weather, to Thirsk for the 10 mile race which is usually well supported by Otley AC. On leaving Otley with the wind and rain I wasn’t really looking forward to the race but when I arrived at Thirsk there was very little wind. After picking up my number I bumped into Eriks and Rogan before making the long walk to the start line on the other side of the race course with the wind picking up. We bumped into Liz and Chris Wordsworth (formerly of this Parish) who were marshalling at the start and also handing out jelly babies at mile 9. Despite a few spots of rain before the start the sun came out and conditions were warm although the wind had picked up to such an extent that running was difficult, almost bringing you to a standstill at times. Having tight adductor muscles didn’t help matters either. Rogan Ashton was first home for Otley in 1:03:34 followed by Eriks Zvaigne in 1:23:01, Ged Peacock in 1:25:43 and myself in 1:26:51.
The race was won by Graham Rush of Cheltenham Harriers in 50:36 and first lady in 43rd place was Faye Banks of Pontefract Athletics Club in 1:01:04.