Today was the first time that I had run 10 miles in a race, and therefore I started with some trepidation.
The race formed a 10 mile figure of 8 around the village of Staveley, near knaresborough. The race was largely on tracks through fields and woods, with the start, finish, and interlinking sections on roads.
The weather was pretty much perfect too, with a relatively cool temperature and light drizzle throughout.
Endomondo worked pretty well for the first 7 miles, but lost gps at the second water station and never really recovered. I’m switching back to iMapmyrun until I get a proper training watch, as it seems to deal better with this in calculating what has been missed. Miles 8 and 9 are way out, mile 10 is probably correct, given my out of body experience dancing back down the hill into the village.
I ran 8 fairly solid miles in under 8 minutes 30 apiece, but lost my way a bit in mile 9 before a quick finish. My overall times was inside the 1 hour 30 that I felt I was capable of at 1 hour 25 and 46 seconds. Thereafter I was met by Bido and Dave hughes, who had come to cheer me on (and consume real ale inside yorkshire). I need to break 8 minute miles now though to continue my progression. An excellent race, and my congratulations to the organizers, it was just a shame that the pub was fully booked and that we had to retreat to drakes fish restaurant in knaresborough to be fed.