Report from Howard
After the biblical volume of rainfall in the preceding few days I was expecting it to be damp underfoot for this low key local part trail part road race. Deep tread trail shoes selected and compression tights and sleeveless top under the Otley vest and good to go in the clear bright sun and stiff breeze. The briefing was to forewarn us that the course had to be changed to avoid the new temporary lakes that had appeared on the usual course but new routes had been marked. These were not underwater but pretty well churned up slippery mud. The start is on a field behind the village hall which was squidgy damp grass but bathed in nice warm sunshine. I set off at a steady sustainable pace and once off the field the first two kilometres is gradually uphill. Overhauled a few people who had set off too quickly and settled into a nice routine of passing the next person in front until the finish. No point in pushing for prizes today as the age groups were in 10 years categories so felt comfortably strong all the way. At the 2k point you endure the first mudfest of a track that skirted a field or two to 4k. Then a nice bit of downhill tarmac to 5k and uphill to 6k. Back on to slippery farm tracks and stodgy field boundaries towards 8k. By this time we are back on the tarmac road going downhill. Enjoyed my preferred terrain and stoked up for a strong finish back on the field. The race was won by Don McKeown of Ilkley Harriers in 36.30. First lady in 14th place Samantha Davies of Easingwold in 41.14. I was 36th in 46.44 and still 3/13 in age group. 160 wallowed through the mud to the finish.