Report from Graham Lake
After a busy summer of racing I was feeling a bit jaded and tired, but I had to give this race a go. Now in it’s 3rd year, the Urban Trail Runner series of races was set up by a mate of mine who runs for Wetherby. The races have steadily grown from ~100 starters to 217 last night.
I’d had a look at the course map and it looked similar to the Peco race at Roundhay, starting down and finishing up ‘hill 60’ which is a short, steep climb up to Soldier’s Field. The course itself was really well marked, flagged for much of it which is good for an event aiming to get people in to trail running. There were some more technical sections through the woods which gave it a ‘proper trail run’ feel and I was surprised (and gasping for breath) at the number of climbs; my watch showing about 650ft of ascent over the 10k which isn’t bad for a city park!
I had a good run, battling with a couple of runners for most of it, but then faded over the last two hills dropping 2 places near the end which was disappointing. I found myself gaining on the downs and flats, but losing time on the ups (some club hills in order, eh?!)
The race was really well organised, even with a free icecream for finishers which was very welcome on such a muggy night! Tim and Mike were there selling their Yorkshire Runner wares too.
The next race in the series is the Middleton Massif – 20th August, give it a go!
I finished 9th, 2nd MV40 in 42.57, the winner was Daryl Hibberd of Valley Striders in 38.33. First lady home was Alice Leake of Leeds City in 43.42.
Full results here: https://racebest.com/results/roundhay-rampage