Report from Howard
I was able to do the Thirsk 10 for the first time in a long time because it had been postponed due to the snow earlier in the year. I lined up with 676 others in what were pretty well perfect conditions. Temperature about 10 degrees, no wind to speak of and bright without blazing sun. The route itself is on decent tarmac with much of the route on closed roads and just enough slightly rolling undulation to keep a full set of leg muscles working. I wanted a relatively hard workout (by my current standard of fitness) and set the chronometer for 7.30/mile with the intention of getting in around 75 minutes. I like to think I can make pretty accurate pace judgement and let those who were going to finish in front of me whatever and those who set off too enthusiastically storm off up the road. Nerves of steel are required to avoid being drawn into the initial surge and I went through mile 1 in 7.30! Good start. Eased into a good pace and felt strong to halfway which I went through in 37.30. So far so good. There was always a target to pick off in front an I was still maintaining the pace to mile 7. There is a dog-leg in the route and I saw Mark Hall (who I had chatted with before the start) and he looked on for his anticipated sub 60. Not far behind was Tom Midgley also en-route for a sub 60. I managed to stoke up the pace a bit in the last two miles which I was pleased with as I have not run a 10mile for many a month and the last mile of the two 10k’s this year have felt tough. Crossed the line in 74.25 which was as good as I could on the day so job done.
The race was won by Dominic Shaw of New Marske Harriers in a sprightly 50.30. First lady was Pauline Powell of Blackburn Harriers in 1.02.23. Mark was 16th overall and first in his category in 59.14 and Tom 20th in 59.57. I was 196th.
Report from Howard