Another Sunday morning, another blast up the A1 for a run in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside around a picturesque village. Why do we do it?
If the Temple Newsam 10 is the TNT, then the Burton Leonard 10K must be the BLT. Appropriately enough, bacon butties were available at race HQ in the village hall where we collected our numbers. A little walk away there was a great family atmosphere at the start/finish area with some banging tunes blasting out, an enthusiastic announcer, a “well-known” local DJ and great weather always helps.
As for the race, we set off on time, navigating a twisty section out of the school yard and onto a well-marked and marshalled course. This should be a race to enjoy I thought, however, the first downhill stretch led to a ridiculous pace being set. It’s only 10K surely I can hang on… A dash through a stream and the first of the climbs put paid to that idea. The hills came as we swapped tarmac for field and trail.
There are some great photos of the runners splashing through the stream from supporter Tillie that day.
I enjoyed the trail sections (mud and gravel tracks are my favourite surface) but the grassy fields can be tricky underfoot. Thankfully most of the course had been mown and it was easy to follow in others footsteps. It was quite undulating to say the least and the water station at halfway was very welcome on what was a hot day.
Coming back round to ‘close the loop’ I had enough on another grassy hill and walked a little to collect myself. I took the bridge over the stream on the way back and then a final climb into the village with great support from locals and our very own Tracey and Leanne.
It was a great turnout from STAC and everyone congregated under the shady trees in the school playground for a well-deserved drink and to compare experiences of what was an enjoyable but tough 10K race.
Second place for Men’s and Women’s teams plus top ten finishes for Ruth, Richard and Terry was a good result for the day. Terry was also 3rd in his age category, well done!
|6||148||Richard Thomas Herringtom||M||00:38:31|
|13||183||Judy (Tao) Liu||F35||00:48:16|