Without a specific goal it’s easy to dwindle with your training. I had been letting life get in the way a little, blaming a busy work schedule and hadn’t been too consistent with my training, especially running. Life always seems to have a way of egging you on when you need it, though – enter Run For All and their offer of Chris and I running the York 10K, with just a few weeks until the event. Chris has only recently started running (but is rather good at it, hmmph) and as mentioned my training hadn’t been up to much. So did we go for it? You bet we did!
I quickly booked us in for the race before Chris had chance to think about it too much, then laced up our trainers for more structured training.
Our short visit to York on the way back from Harrogate in February was absolutely freezing – way too cold to appreciate the city properly – this time we decided to stay overnight to get the most out of our trip. Despite driving through the rain to get there as soon as we arrived on Saturday the sun started shining, so we wandered around The Shambles, dipping in and out of narrow cobbled streets. Needing some last minute glycogen stores we found the York Cocoa House, who made hot chocolate of dreams, and dinner was at Filmore & Union which seems to be a bit of a Yorkshire clean eating institution. I could see (and taste!) why – delicious food created from scratch in front of my eyes, without any added nasties.
I couldn’t resist a bit of cheeky behaviour around the city. The Tour de France ran through York and the yellow bikes are still proudly displayed!
Sunday morning was absolutely beautiful, without a cloud in the sky, although there was a wind which stopped it from being too hot. Ideal running conditions! The start of the run was delayed for half an hour which we spent chatting to a lovely lady we met in the toilet queue (hi Linda!) but the race began at 10am as promised. The start was sectioned into approximate paces; I bravely opted for sub-45 minutes, only because I wanted to try and run with Chris for a while. He shot off after the 1K marker and I didn’t see him again until 8K when the route looped back on itself.
Large crowds lined most of the route which was very scenic – winding around residential streets, passing through the famed walls of York a few times, going past the Minster and along the river. I finished with a time of 47:39, a new PB made even sweeter by the fact that I just set out to enjoy myself without a specific time in mind!
Overall, a brilliant, well-supported race, with a gorgeous route showcasing the delights of York. The Run For All series consists of Hull, Leeds and York 10Ks, and is in aid of the Jane Tomlinson appeal, raising funds for children’s and cancer charities. If you’re from the area or even fancy a weekend away in Yorkshire I highly recommend taking part next year, even if it’s your first run – like Chris! – it’s friendly, fast, but not overly competitive.