Report from Martin Gaskin
For the first of my intended 12 race outings in 12 months this year, 6.67 miles across and around a former open cast coal mine in East Leeds on a wet, cold and windy Sunday morning doesn’t sound the most attractive race of the year. It isn’t!
However, it IS also an RSPB reserve now and much improved with reed beds, ponds and streams, twitchers, many different birds – and mud in the first half.
A relatively small field of 298 runners started an undulating first half across gravelled footpath but then very muddy paths, one challenging (for me!) and muddy hill, and muddy (an overused but accurate word in this report) fields which was tiring. (Tiring mostly because runners kept almost stopping to avoid the mud! Why do that? The mud’s half the fun and you ARE going to get wet!).
Anyway, after that challenging first half it settled across the reed beds on gravel and metalled paths for a much easier, steady, flat second half before the finish up a short but steep hill (muddy!).
A good fun, well organised, chip timed, water station at half way, friendly run.
1st male: Gary Bailey. 42:23
1st female: Amy Young. 47:06
133: Me. 1:02:28