Asda Foundation Yorkshire 10 Mile

By Phil Hanson, 14 October 2018

I was quietly minding my own business at work about two weeks before the date of today's race. I'd coached Rob Davies to run the marathon distance of this race, but hadn't expected to be involved myself. When Harry from fund raising collared me with the offer of a discounted charity place on the Yorkshire 10 miles, token resistance quickly dissolved into me accepting the place. The previous weekend I had run the Bridlington Half in under 2 hours and the following weekend I had our Holmfirth 15. Oh well it was only 10 miles! 

Rob (left) and Phil

Mission complete!
Rob (left) and Phil

As Matthew Rose has already indicated in his account of the Yorkshire Marathon, the forecast heavy rain arrived. I was generously included in Rob Davies party so we drove to York in the rain, walked to the race start in the rain, waited to start the race in the rain. Once the race started the rain didn't matter.

A very nice gently undulating course took us around part of the marathon route, at times running through deep puddles I wondered if I'd strayed into a triathlon by mistake. I kept up a very regular steady 8:12 pace throughout and very much enjoyed the course finishing in a pleasing 82 minutes exactly.

As with many of this series of races, the entry numbers have outgrown the course size, so you are forever dodging slower runners. At the end of the race a very welcome space blanket stopped me shivering in the incessant rain. I was delighted to watch Rob Davies finish his first marathon in a highly respectable 3:55:18.

A great course, foul weather.

Holmfirth finishers: Phil Hanson 01:22:00; Paul Winn 01:24:13 (PB); Rachel Duce 01:32:23 (1st timer); Lucy McDonald 01:42:45 (1st timer)

The race winners were Joshua Rowe (Leeds university AC) in 51:38 and Lorna Young (unattached), 1:02:11.

Results: http://chiptiming.co.uk/events/asda-foundation-yorkshire-10mile-2018/

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