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