MoRunning 10k Leeds

Nov 05, 16 MoRunning 10k Leeds

Having run at Temple Newsam just a few weeks ago I was confident I could handle the challenge of the course, that is until I found it was reversed.  This meant starting the 10k with the incredibly steep hill.

Luckily the mud from the last race was nowhere in sight, just a biting cold wind.  I’d chosen to wear fancy dress for this one – Wonder Woman.  Whilst I’d been too hot in a long sleeved top at the beginning of October, the biting cold wind today was unkind.  Before we were 1k into the race I’d lost movement in my hands and they stayed like that for the rest of the race.  (It was only when I got home I realised my running gloves had been in my bag all along!).

The race village was a lot smaller than the Womens Running 10k back in October, but there was the welcome addition of a food van serving hot coffee and snacks.  Gone were the portaloos from the last race and we were in warm toilets in the main courtyard.  It makes a big difference.

I’d forgotten that Temple Newsam has a parkrun on a Saturday morning.  It looks like a popular run, it’s just a shame that some of the MoRunners didn’t realise it was on and kept blocking the path the parkrunners were trying to run on.  I’m reliably informed that if I try a couple of the Temple Newsam parkrun it should knock a couple of minutes off my York parkrun time.

Fancy dress costumes were in plentiful abundance, my favourite by far being the Stormtrooper.  I did notice that most of the guys had taken the sensible precaution of outfits with long sleeves and full legs.

There was a good atmosphere amongst the runners, and after not running since Octobers Women’s Running 10k I really had to talk myself out of switching to the 5k option.  I’m glad I didn’t.

I ran with my friend Michelle, who’s very similar to me in terms of pace, although we haven’t run together since my London marathon training back in 2013.  We picked up where we left off and were delighted with a sub 1hr 15 min result.

My watch said I’d only done 9.88k though, although I’m sure the course had been properly measured.

It’s an expensive race to enter for a 10k distance, but the medal is well worth the effort.  I’m pretty sure I’ll sign up for next year again, but find a warmer fancy dress outfit to do it in.  I’ll also take more money with me as it would have been nice to have had enough to buy a snack as well as a drink when we’d finished.

68724509-leedmorun-10k-05_11-0862Race Time: 1:14:56

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