Report from Rob Grant:
The Leeds 10k has a lovely, laid-back, all-inclusive feel to it. There’s something for everyone, as long as you don’t mind a pan-flat, un-scenic, out-and-back 10k road race of course. Good conditions this year – last year I watched Mrs G do this one in 30 degrees wall-to-wall sunshine, and it was far too hot even to spectate.
Scott Hinchcliffe was the first home out of 5705 finishers in a time of 31:29. Representing OAC were me (32nd place, 36:06 gun / 36:04 chip, although I signed up before I joined the club, so ran unattached, but did wear my club t-shirt), Tom Midgley (82nd, 38:41 / 38:36) and Hayley Galvin (2714th, 1:03:28 / 52:48). Full results: https://www.chiptiming.co.uk/events/asda-foundation-leeds-10k-2019/. Perhaps there’ll be a few more B&Ws running next year if they squeeze some massive hills, scree and water jumps into the route!
I was really pleased with my own personal performance. I was just 20 seconds outside a PB, set when I was a much younger man. Coupled with this my two young sons did really well at the Brownlee Centre junior Parkrun earlier on in the day, and still had enough energy to cheer me on, and to stick around high-fiving runners from first to last. I felt very proud.