Report from Rob Grant:
Great course in and around the grounds of Bolton Abbey and the moors beyond – tracks, paths, mud and moorland. No tarmac. Very runnable but very challenging at the same time. Something in this one for everyone – try it.
Great atmosphere – low-key charity-focused event, but good support on the way round, helped by the fact that the three distances (10k, 10m, half-marathon, plus a 2m run for the kids) had overlapping and intertwining routes. This meant it was a bit congested at times but I welcomed the company!
I had had a bug during the week and so was very nervous as I set off – I genuinely wasn’t sure if I would manage the distance (the first short hill was very damaging) and was prepared to drop out at the point at which the route looped back towards race HQ at about 2 miles. I stuck it out though and was glad I did, as I found some legs and felt ok after about six miles in.
Multiple undulations later I finished in 11th place, and was very happy so to do. Don’t do this one for the bling – basic medal, no tee, one piece of fruit, no other goodies – but do do it for the fun and enjoyment of running around one of the prettiest spots in Yorkshire. And the cafe at the HQ (Cavendish Pavillion) possesses some of the most gorgeous-looking cakes I have ever seen. I literally had to be prised away to go for a pub lunch with the family (bloody family).
To be fair the family and I had a decent lunch at The Vaults in Ilkley, but I am still owed a slice of cake.
First male: Spencer Shaw, 1:33:31. First female: Anne-Sophie Pierre, 1:47:05. I finished 11th in 1:43:38, and was 2nd MV45. Verity Glover also ran it and was 133rd in 2:28:04. 210 people finished in total.
The results website indicates that Edward Ryder and Daniela Faldusova finished in 137th and 157th place respectively, in times of 1:56:51 and 2:03:58, but the RaceBest website is so rubbish that I can’t determine the distance! I think they did the 10 mile race, which was won by Tim Brook (m) in 1:11:05, with the first lady home being Josie Lorento in 1:20:36.
There was also a few from the ‘youth team’ did the kids’ race I understand – the future is bright! Well done