Report from Robin Outtersides:
I booked this race a while ago and having run it twice before, I decided to get some 10k speed in. Upon waking I saw t’weather and set off to run there as warm up, therefore giving me marathon miles-that precious commodity!
You don’t want to know about the run there although it was pleasant enough especially getting to run the back 3 miles of the route with no one on the road. I felt like a superhero ready to win it for real. Anyhow, I arrived and did my customary laps of the mirror pool before settling down for the miles ahead. The route goes through an exciting downhill section, a small hill then quickly into the flat that leads past Frizinghall. It’s a pretty bland route but strangely exciting: those expansive roads, wide corners and a brass band or two on the way to keep you entertained. I was surprised by my pace which was quickish and was in touching distance of the lead pack.
This lasted about two miles before I dug deep in anticipation of the second hill which leads you towards the 5k turn. The second hill was lovely ( said with no hint of irony ) and I turned on 17 minutes. I realised a monumental second 5k would be needed to PB and settled down ready to be monumental. But still, I was endur…sorry enjoying the run and saw the wind as a pleasant ally, blowing away the cobwebs of last weeks Spen 20 ( poetic that aint it? ). Moving on, I ran with this guy from Hyde Park and entered mighty Bradford City Centre. The roar that greeted me was quite impressive and I sprinted for home. I went over the mat in 35:40 in 7th place. My advice for this one is to make it your focus 10k for the year. Train like mad and you will do well. If I can, at 39 years old, anyone can.