So, I’m catching up with my blog posts, slowly. I wrote about the 10K events a few days ago so am now moving on the the final 2 events of the year.
When we ran the York 10K, there was a flyer in the goodie bag for the York 10 Mile. This was a new event which the Run for All team had added to the Yorkshire Marathon day. As Adam and I were already going to be running a half marathon, I asked him if he’d like to do the 10 mile as a warm up. I wanted to do it just to see if we could get that far and still be able to carry on for another 3 miles. Of course, he said yes.
Can I just say, the organisation and the course was fantastic. The 10 mile event was on the same day and using part of the same route as the marathon. The marathon runners started first, about 30 minutes before the 10 mile runners, and then we were invited to go in to the funnel to get ready for our start. As usual, I hung back because I needed to go to the toilet as late as possible. I really didn’t want to have to go to the toilet part way round the course, especially at around 7 miles or so because I’m not sure my legs would have started again after they stopped!
We started on time and there was a lovely downhill section at the beginning. I say lovely, it was when we were going down, not so much when we had to run up it to get to the finish. Anyway, we ran down the hill away from York University and then turned left to head up to the city centre. As we had done for the 4 10K events, Adam and I decided to run 3:1 intervals as this had worked well for us in the previous events and we had been training with either 4 or 5 minute running intervals so cutting it back to 3 minutes was easier on the legs but also meant that we ran faster during the run intervals and recovered quicker during the walk breaks.
When we got to the city centre, a friend of mine from parkrun was on one of the marshalling posts. She took a photo of us, typically we were on a walking break!
After running through the city centre and past the York Minster, the route took us out of York towards the countryside. The route was reasonably flat, apart from the hill going over the bridge to get over the A64. Fortunately, Adam and I had been trialling eating jelly babies during training and can I say: Jelly Babies whilst running are awesome! They certainly helped us get up over the bridge.
At around the 6 or 7 mile mark (I can’t remember), the route split with the marathon route carrying on straight and the 10 mile route turning right. The routes merged again at about the 7 or 8 mile mark for us, I think it was about 23 or 24 miles for the marathon runners but I could be wrong. As we merged back on to the marathon route, we were asked to keep right so that the marathon runners could come through on the left, and come through they did, very fast they were too. As usual, there was a hill at the end of the route and my friend was there, once again, to take a picture. This time we were pushing up the hill although looking at the photo it doesn’t look like it. I was hoping to finish in under 2 hours which would give us a realistic goal of finishing the half marathon in just over 2 and a half hours. We finished in 1:50:45 😀
In summary, the route was great and the number of people supporting the runners along the route was amazing. I don’t know what it was like along the of route we didn’t share with the marathon but, I think because it was along main residential routes in York, the 10 mile route was well populated with supporters and lots of offers of jelly beans and jelly babies 🙂
I was going to write about the runDisney half marathon in this post too but as this post is another long one, I think I’ll leave that for another day.