Report from Phil Robinson
No, I’ve never heard of it either. But since Spen and Trimple coincide with our training weekend and I’ll be overseas on the East Hull 20 date this was the nearest 20 miler I could find. It’s a three-lapper in the Cheshire countryside with a few hills. No other Otley runners but a decent field of about 350 including relay teams doing one lap each.
The fastest time for 20 miles this year in my age group is about 3 hours 11; my target was 3 hours – one hour per lap at 9 minute mile pace. There were pacers for 8, 9, 10, and 11 minute mile speed so I set off with the 9 minute guy but soon felt I could go faster and left him. After one lap I was 2 minutes ahead and feeling good but then gradually slowed. Two laps in under two hours, still ahead of the 9-minute pacer but then the rot set in and I shuffled round ever more slowly. The 9 minute pacer passed me after 15 miles and I really struggled to finish in 3.17 – not far ahead of the 10-minute pacer. So, adequate but disappointing; second quickest this year in my age group but should have done better.
Results: 1 – Danny Soltys (Stone) 1.56.15; 2 – Oliver Harridence (Sutton Coldfield) 1.59.19; 219 – Phil Robinson (Otley) 3.17.23.
Interestingly, as with last year’s Spen 20 only two runners finished under two hours, so maybe this one is about equivalent to Spen.