York 10kI had originally entered the Jane Tomlinson Run For All York 10k with Helen, but due to her knee injury she had to sadly sit this one out, but agreed to still accompany me for a girlie weekend away.

We drove up to York on the Saturday, to discover that it would cost us more for the parking than for lunch! York was packed- I guess it was the combination of decent weather, a few events happening and school holidays. After a lunch of fish and chips it was time to explore and shop- we took in the Shambles and the Minster, looked round unique little gift shops (including a shop selling all things cat related!), walked along the walls and found the ruins of an abbey which neither of us knew existed.

We were staying at the Premier Inn, which was only a few minutes walk from the start of the race at York Racecourse. After a rather mediocre meal in the pub opposite I started my race preparation… which sadly consisted of three glasses of wine and a bed time of 2am… well, it seemed like a good idea at the time…

Medieval York

Medieval York

Somewhat bleary eyed we made our way to the start Sunday morning, where Helen took up her role as official supporter and photographer. It is a huge event- there must have been at least 7,000 runners, and although I immediately joined the queue for the portaloos it was almost time for the race to start by the time I actually got to use them.

The elite runners finish

The elite runners finish

I decided to start well towards the back with the 1 hour 15 minute runners, where I chatted nervously with a couple of other ladies. Then it was time… it took about ten minutes to cross the start line as we all shuffled forward in something reminiscent of a death march…

Then suddenly we were running through the streets of York towards the city centre. I found myself overtaking people, although the route was surprisingly hilly. A fair few folks had turned out to cheer us, which was great, as we ran under historic city gates and past the Minster. Running along the cobbled streets was interesting, and I was delighted to pass the 1 hour 15 minute pacer, still feeling quite strong.

York Minster

York Minster

Things started to hurt a little after the 6k mark, although I was still overtaking people. Many folks had obviously started out too fast and were walking- when we felt the full force of the sun it was quite hot which sapped energy levels.

I had to slow up a little although I managed to run the whole lot, and at one point we ran over a large suspension bridge, which was slightly disorientating! After 7k there were a couple of times where there was an ’out and back’, which is always tough when you see people streaming the other way who are ahead of you, particularly when the ’out’ is a sustained climb!

Me at the finish!!

Me at the finish!!

Finally I could see signs for the Racecourse which mean the finish was not too far away, and eventually I could see the finish line… I tried to put on a sprint finish but it wasn’t really happening but my finish time was 1 hour 10 minutes and 6 seconds… nowhere near my PB which I set when I was considerably fitter, but better then anticipated.

Our check out time was 12pm which was handy as I had time to collect my goody bag and medal and wander back for a shower.

After all that exertion it was time for a little retail therapy before travelling home- oh yes, we have both entered next year’s race already!!

Erm, and I have another little confession… I appear to have accidentally entered the Outlaw Half Triathlon next May! Oops!!

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