What an Easter weekend!
Bridlington Easter Dash 5 miler – Good Friday
I only decided the day before to enter this race. It is pretty local to me, no hassle to get there, would know plenty of people. And the biggest thing…… my teenage son said he would do it if I did!
The race starts at the lifeguard station near Limekiln Lane car park in Bridlington. It consists of two laps – a small one and then a big one. Apparently this is a change from previous years where it has been a different one lap route. I didn’t mind this too much, although felt like I didn’t settle into the race until I’d started the second lap. Terrain was tarmac / rough path / grass / bark chippings – a little bit of everything! And don’t forget the steps either. Due to the wind it also felt like you were running on two different days! On the way out, towards Sewerby, it was very warm but as soon as you turned to come back along the cliff top it was a head wind and pretty cold.
I managed a finish time of 43:57 which I was over the moon with! Helped by running with our club coach, it was a really good run. (And my son, who hasn’t run more than 3 miles since last November….. he came in at 44:50!)
Bling? Yes, a pretty good medal for everyone and a crème egg seeing as it is Easter.
Would I do it again? Yes I probably would – it isn’t the most exciting route, but it is convenient and good fun.
I have to mention parkrun here although I didn’t run this week as I’d decided I was overdue to volunteer. I’ve made a commitment to myself to volunteer a minimum of three times a year. I don’t think this is much to ask really and as something I want to see continue I believe I should support it to do so.
So, Sewerby parkrun, Easter weekend. Wow! What a turnout. 347 people. 99 more than our previous attendance record. Thanks in part to a large touring party from Sowerby Bridge Snails (great to see you all!) plus lots of other visitors this was a great turnout.
Helmsley 10k Multi terrain challenge – Easter Sunday
Another good turnout for Yorkshire Wolds Runners on a chilly Sunday morning in Helmsley. A challenging course, with the first two miles being uphill on roads, onto tracks and fields as it levels out and then drops back down. I found the hill hard and did walk for a short stretch. I was slower than I’d hoped for the first two miles so decided that rather than targeting a finish time I would aim for negative splits. That way I’d still feel like it was a successful run. I was struggling mentally to find the motivation to push on – how do you deal with this?
I managed it – just!
Official finish time: 58:50
Bling? An Easter Egg and a Mug
Would I do it again? Yes. I enjoy off road and I have unfinished business with that hill!