Meltham (Tough) 10k report 2022

Striders ready for race start

Race date: 30 January 2022

Race report by Matt Broadhead

Some things are tough: New Kids on the Block; old boots; Tonka trucks; a city slicker; the Meltham (Tough) 10k. But you’ve got to shrug them off or shut them off.

A decent turnout of Striders in sunny Meltham enjoyed chilly blue skies and warm bright sun. Some of them also gave me a lift and some stories of running this in rain and fog (thanks Jim and Laura).

As we lined up at the bottom of the cricket field, the race organiser announced that the race had been extended by 80m because of some temporary traffic lights. I like races that can happen to. Having also alerted us to a trip-hazard on the start-line, he launched us off, round a corner and up a nice chewy hill. I focused on plugging away and overtaking people gradually, including some poor soul who was muttering to himself that he hadn’t “respected the distance“. After a little walk past an unhappy horse, the quiet country road flattened out and we turned sharp left into a busier one, before a pell-mell downhill to Blackmoorfoot and the water stop. Then there was another nice climb and a fast descent before we turned left onto the third side of this triangular race, and up to the highest point. The last couple of miles were a knee-mangling downhill thrash in traffic, where I got my third-fastest-since-Strava mile. Then it was left into an enormous cloud of smoke from someone’s garden bonfire, right past the football pitches and a sprint finish back to the trip hazard, where we were handed some rather nice gloves and Laura R passed round birthday cake.

It’s a good course if you like a runnable hill and don’t mind the roads being open. Plenty of marshals, although they did get a bit flustered by the double decker bus coming up the narrow road near the end.

The race was won by Scott Hinchcliffe of Barnsley AC in 33:03 and Rebecca Whalley of Horsforth Harriers in 41:45. 342 runners finished.

More importantly, we had a Striders category winner! Stephanie Street cruised to victory in the F65 category, well clear of her nearest rival.

Striders results

P Cat Name Time Gen P Cat P
103 M45 Matt Broadhead 00:48:09 90 16
153 FS Helen Royles-Jones 00:52:28 26 9
177 F65 Stephanie Street 00:54:22 41 1
195 F55 Nada Ross 00:55:54 50 8
208 M45 Kevin Wong 00:56:48 155 23
217 FS Laura Rangeley 00:57:16 56 16
218 M60 Ian Blackburn 00:57:24 162 9
308 M40 Adrian Good 01:06:51 198 32
321 F60 Jo Gleig 01:10:09 118 9

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