I’m a little late with this update as I wanted to write about my 6th parkrun anniversary last week and didn’t want to post too many posts at the same time. I mean, I can’t get you used to a more regular blog from me, can I?
Anyway, last Sunday, 11th August, was the Chocolate 10K. Having run the York 10K the week before in a fairly reasonable time and not running during the week, I wasn’t expecting too much from myself. Also, part of the course is on grass and I don’t run very well on grass.
The Chocolate 10K is held at the Knavesmire/York Racecourse and Hamilton Panthers (football club) open up their clubhouse and serve drinks and snacks (I saw a bacon butty but as I was running decided not to have one). The organisers used the clubhouse as their HQ for runners to go and collect their numbers and ankle chip timer thing. After getting our numbers and going to the toilet, Adam and I met up with a few running friends and walked over the road to the start/finish area.
The weather forecast kept changing last week with a threat of rain all week! When I looked online before we left home on Sunday morning, it was supposed to be cloudy but dry. However, there was a little bit of light rain while we were waiting for the start. It cleared after about 5 minutes and was quite a nice, refreshing start to the run.
The course starts on grass at the top end of the Knavesmire and then runs parallel to Knavesmire Road before joining the service track of the Racecourse. We then ran “the wrong way round” the service track. It’s not really the wrong way, it’s just the opposite way to parkrun. We ran round the service track and then it was back out on to the grass to run round the triangle bit of the Knavesmire back to the start/finish line. That was 5K so we had to do that twice!
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and it was nice to run 3k of the 5k lap on the service track. I made sure we made up as much time on there as possible. We finished in a slower time than the York 10K but at 1:08:33 it was only 31 seconds slower than the York 10K which is all road.
At the end, there was a fab medal – designed to look like a kit kat – chocolate and cake. The cakes were, as always, amazing.
We now need to decide whether or not we want to enter the next 10K event on 3rd November – the Gunpowder Plot. It is 2 weeks after the York 10 mile so I suspect we may just be doing that too.