Vale of York 10 2021


When an hour before the race starts it’s showing 28.5 degrees, we knew it wasn’t going to be as quick as we would have liked. All that mattered was that the 5 of us finished safely.

Who also knew that Richard has a posse of females who loved his flat cap and recognised him even when he wasn’t even wearing one and were more than happy to have a photo of him. You are a legend Richard.

So the first mass start for a very long time and it was OK to be fair (was an option if you wanted to start socially distanced after the main runners went) – think it helped as the first mile is actually the runway so plenty of room without being too close.

Yes it’s flat as York is known to be, but the course is slightly undulating and you could tell in this heat for sure. Mile 3 I don’t think I have ever seen so much sweat 😥 you turned the corner at the junction and WOW was liking walking into a furnace as no breeze and sun straight into your face. It wasn’t pleasant to be fair and grateful for the water at 3.5 miles and just after 7 miles.

The roads were closed so peace of mind – you could use the whole road and chase what little shade there was safely and from about 6.5 miles the sun was behind you with a magnificent sunset starting to occur.

The last 1.5 miles is the same route as you do on the way out and is a great mental boost to know that you are near the end on what has been a warm tough run 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️

Deb and I mentally picked up a few runners half a mile from the finish as struggling saying c’mon you are nearly there and then they tried to overtake us 100yds from the finish which meant we had a sprint finish 🤣🤣.

Great running from all 5 us and the smiles we all had at the finish says it all. Definitely off back again.


Tracey Newman

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