York 10K August 2015
After having a summer of running mainly for fun, I was very worried about running my first major race since my marathon and injury in March and April. I had been putting in an average of 25 miles a week and had decided I was just going to aim to run it under an hour.
We arrived at the car park based on York race course at around 7.15am ready to collect to my race number. The walk from the car park to the race village was around a mile walk. There wasn't much at the race village except the usual toilets, baggage facilities, a couple of charity stalls and one ice cream van. It was a drizzly cold day so we walked back to the car for some warmth until the race start at 9.30am.
We wandered down to the start line at around 9am and bumped into a few familiar faces from the ukrunchat communnity on twitter. @marathan_sam was pacing at 60 minutes so I decided to start along side her.
Just in time the weather cleared right before the start and the sun came out.
The course goes right through the centre of York and takes in some of Yorks great sites.Click here for the Route Map
It took several minutes to reach the front from the 60 minute section as there were a large amount of people in front. The course first head into the residential parts of the city and towards a short section of the river. There are quite a few people around cheering so the atmosphere is great. The course is relatively flat but the roads are very narrow and winding. Having decided to run around 60 minutes my legs sped up and I found myself struggling to overtake people on the narrow stretches with parked cars and lots of people.
The route takes you past the city walls, york minster and you spend quite a lot of time running along side the river. At one point having to navigate the Millenium Bridge. At the last km you run a loop past the race course.
It's a very scenic race and can be very fast no doubt but unfortunately I situated myself in the wrong section. Lesson learnt. I spent the entire race trying to overtake people. My time ended up at 54.23 and I hadn't pushed myself to full capacity.
I wasn't particualry impressed with the variety of food available at the race village but I was impressed with the mars bars in the goody bag! Yum. You also get a fabulous medal. The tshirt is nice looking but the small is built for a small rhino I think. I've signed up to do the 10 mile on October 11th 2015 so York can't be all bad.