Report from Richard Smith
After cancellation of the Bradford 10K I made a last minute call to run Thirsk 10. Fortunately, I was able to enter on the day. Despite the global pandemic, Thirsk decided to go ahead with the race following consultation with the Yorkshire Vet and England Athletics.
Given other race cancellations, it was a large and speedy field. Make no mistake, this is a fast, flat and scenic course. However, not the best conditions today in terms of wind (what is it with Sunday’s?!) made the going tough in sections. Lovely final 2 miles to the finish but it felt like a case of ‘cling on’ today as opposed to accelerate.
Just the 4 black and whites today racing, with two club legends participating. Scott and Mark Hall were the other two.
Congratulations to Scott on finishing 4th in a high quality field (PB in 52:29, 1st V40 and 1st V40 in the Country for 10 miles this year!!) Good to see Mark Hall back racing and congratulations on 1st V60 (88th in 1:03:05) and a great run from Gemma Harrington (676th in 1:32:54). I finished 34th in 58:30.
With excellent nominative determinism the winner was Graham Rush of Leeds City AC in 51.44, the female winner was Olympian Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers in 57.07 (!)
(ed: puns and jokes all author’s own)
(ed: apart from the last one, that was the editor’s)