Ferriby 10, 2019



Phil Hanson on his way to a perfect 10!

With dire warnings of torrential rain wind and cold ringing in our ears 735 of us collected at Skidby Wind Mill just outside Ferriby East Yorkshire to run this delightful 10 mile road race.

As the only Holmfirth Harrier entered this is my story:

Setting off I managed a sub 8 minute pace down through Skidby in cold but bright conditions, for the next 4 miles the race climbs gently up onto the Wolds, having dipped in and out of Little Weighton first. I was able up these slopes to maintain a sub 8.30 pace and arrived at 5 miles in glorious sunshine in 41 minutes a sub 80 minutes finish was possible.  My Garmin was telling me my average pace was 8.14 I now had 4.5 miles to get that minute back and put something in the bank for last little ascent at 9.5 miles. Over the next few miles of down hill running I watched the average creep down to 7.57 minutes as reached the bottom of the final hill I had about 45 seconds in hand as launched myself up the rise overtaking numerous runners to reach the mill and the finishing straight now sprinting forward to cross the line in 1 hour 20 minutes dead! Chip time later confirmed my Garmin absolutely bang on 1.20.00 (results and finish line video).

The fastest 10 mile Race I have managed in at least 20 years. Why my success, partly injury free running now the right Achilles is no longer a problem, partly the new 80 / 20 training approach, more on that elsewhere, partly on managing to lose weight over the last year. Can I say a huge thank you to Helen and Nicky for their support on the day, we are so dependent on great partners and friends, and to Keith for get us both entered into this much sought after 10 miler. 

I really recommend this race it involves 600 plus feet of gentle ascent with similar downs and sting in the tail which affects Holmfirth Harriers less than most.

Phil Hanson, January 27th 2019

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