Race date: Sunday, 2 February 2020
Race report by Emma Connelly
With an operation looming on the 8th of February, Dewsbury 10K was my last chance to put down a marker, a marker that might help me inspire myself to get my fitness back post op. So it’s no running for me for the next six weeks at the very least. Gulp.
Since Berlin marathon I’d definitely experienced a lack of mojo, but then in December I started to see a steady improvement in my running.
I’d heard Dewsbury was a flat fast course good for trying to get a PB. The weather on the Sunday morning was perfect running conditions, no wind, not too cold and little bit of drizzle. I arrived early around 8am to transfer the number and headed out from race HQ to the start line which was a short walk. There was just enough time for a little warm up and then I lined up with a number of other Striders dotted around me. If I could just knock a few seconds off my previous 10K PB 44.16 I would be chuffed.
As we set off there was a slight incline up to the half way point so I tried to keep the first 5K under control and not go daft! I even managed little chat with a couple of Striders, Andrew and Rob, on the way up there too which was great.
The course goes up from Dewsbury towards Batley and at the turn I felt good so picked up the pace and took advantage of downhill part. The last 5k ticked by, and before I knew it I could see the railway bridge near the finish line and as I turned the corner my hubby was shouting at me! “Put some effort in” I had to point out to him that I really was putting some effort in!
I’d done it! Nearly 2 minutes off my previous PB, home in 42:18, absolutely over the moon. I collected my t-shirt and bling with a huge smile and also got to chat with more Striders including Liam and Stuart, who put in fantastic performances. A strong turn out for the S18 contingent and some great times from everybody.
A great race, out and back course, not scenic but I would definitely recommend it!
The race was won by Chriss Parr of Morpeth Harriers & AC, in 29:57. First woman was Sharon Barlow of Harrogate Harriers & AC, in 34:45. 2032 runners completed the course.
Full results: https://racebest.com/results/5ckcu