Report From Ursula
I ran this race a few years ago and seemed to remember it had a long incline on the way out and you enjoyed the downhill on the way back. How memories deceive! A good friend of mine was entering to support a student of hers whose mother has recently died and was well cared for by Wakefield Hospice – the organisers of the race. So when she asked if I would run too, I thought ‘Why not?’ After over a year of a troublesome Achilles and now back running, all be it slow and steady, it seemed good to target a race.
So off we went this morning for a 9:00am start (a shock to us retired folks!) and made the start line in good time. Although the inevitable and very long queues for toilets did necessitate finding a suitable alternative… thankfully the race starts and finishes in a park so no problem there!
The weather was kind, an odd shower of very light rain, but otherwise calm and not too cold. But the course was harder than I remembered, more undulating – but at least it stops you getting bored and I did seem to overtake several people on the inclines so that was encouraging. As it’s an out and back course on closed roads you get to see and cheer on those in front of you as they head back, which is always fun. If you were fit, I think you could get a good time on this course, so bear it in mind for next year.
I have to be pleased with my finish time of 52:51 coming in 4th out of 39 in my age category. It’s a start so we shall see what happens next. Fortunately my Achilles held up well so I’ve much to be grateful for. Time for a pint to celebrate!
The race winners were:
Men – Joe Sayer of Spenborough AC in 32:57
Women – Becky Rigby of Preston Harriers in 34:46