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Sutton-on-the-Forest 10k – 24th September 2017


Report From Tony Walker

For someone who doesn’t do nearly enough racing it’s amazing that this is third time I have done this event.  Sutton in the forest is a lovely little village about 8 miles north of York and a their ‘playing fields association’ arrange this 10k event each year. I don’t think I’ve ever known a place to have a ‘playing field association’. It was a very nice playing field.

The course set off – from the playing field! – the first 1k on road through the village where you then turned into Sutton Hall and then proceeded to run about 2.5k on trails with some – rutted – fields. Then having hit the tarmac again, did a loop of an old airfield – where there always seems to be wind – before finishing back at…errr…the playing fields.

It’s all flat and therefore quickish but the off road stuff in the first half takes the edge off. You may recount I had unbalanced splits at Wetherby but this time achieved a rare feat of ‘negative’ splits. So 21.30 for the first 5k and 21.16 for the second. Hurrah. Not quite as quick as last time and ‘only 3rd V55 – and Mark Hall wasn’t even there! But still pretty pleased. As I crossed the line a guy from Easingwold was just in front having had a good battle with him in the second half of the race. I thought he looked my age so asked him hopefully if he wasn’t a V55. The good news was that he wasn’t. The bad news he was V60! Then he told me he was second V60. Mamma Mia!

I saw the great Howard Jeffery at the back of the start so assumed it was having a gentle jog. Hope all is well Howard.

22nd Tony Walker 42.46 3rd V55! Howard Jeffery 93rd 54.20

http://www.ukresults.net/2017/sutton10k.html

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on September 29, 2017 - 8:35 pm

    Compliments to Tony W. for the 3rd place at the Sutton 10k with a solid time of 42.46 not a bad performance at all , and maybe next year I could join you in this 10k with the start and finish at the ‘playing fields association’ . It is good to see Howard J. back in action after a while without any reports from races by him .

  2. #2 by Howard on October 1, 2017 - 12:07 pm

    Tony, yes I am OKish. Got ‘improved’ trainers and they hurt my left Achilles quite badly in the space a break in park run 6 weeks ago. Still in recovery phase.

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