Report from Richard Smith
Having decided to stay over in Settle for my birthday, I took part in the Settle Half Marathon organised by ‘Its Grim Up North Running’. The event organiser lived by their title as Storm Margaret, Keith or whatever the most recent one is called continued to vent it’s fury up in the Dales.
An out and back course all run on road, I opted for the Half Marathon distance with a 10K and 10 miler starting slightly later. Outbound we endured cold, sideways rain with a relentless headwind which made for challenging conditions. Fortunately my mental resolve had been strengthened the day prior with an afternoon trip to IKEA having gone for curtains and come away with coat hangers, daim bars and a toilet brush.
As for the race, I took 4th place from 5th after the first mile with the front 3 running together in a pack. I was hoping they’d overcooked it but in fact the gap became increasingly sizeable. After about 5K I knew catching them was out of the equation and with no one behind me, it felt like a training run in the Dales!
Two big climbs of note at the 3rd and 9th mile to break your soul with a nice downhill to the finish. Rewarded with cider, chocolate, homemade caramel shortbread and several ales in the pub(s) afterwards. Nice to catch up with Rachel (52nd in 1:48:53) and Vicki (63rd in 1:51:32) in ‘Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe’ after the race. I finished 4th in 1:22:03 and the winner was Matthew Cardus in 1:17:47.