Yorkshire Marathon and 10-miler 2022 report by Caroline Brash

Yorkshire Marathon & 10 Mile Race – Sunday 16th October 2022

Race report by Caroline Brash

Sometime back at the start of 2022, during a perfectly innocent conversation in Costa after Hillsborough Parkrun, I decided it would be a good idea to run a marathon before I was 50. Next thing I know, I’m signed up to the Yorkshire Marathon, and had managed to co-opt fellow Strider and Hillsborough Parkrun Event Director John Liddle to join me and to be my training partner. Fast-forward several months and 18 weeks of pretty structured training, I find myself on the campus of the University of York with a group of fellow Striders, variously signed up to the 10-miler, the marathon, and the all-important cheer squad.

The lead-up to the event was great. Numbers arrived in good time despite the ongoing postal strikes; clear instructions were sent out by the organisers; and whilst my husband Pete and I opted to stay overnight before the race in a conveniently placed but utterly grim Travelodge, other Striders drove up on the day and took advantage of the various drop-off points and park & rides, which seemed to work efficiently.

Bags dropped, team photo taken, the marathoners among us trudged across to the starting pens ahead of the 9:30 start. There was a fabulous atmosphere as the pre-race briefings were made; the warm-up took place; and then we were off!

A downhill start to the cheers and applause of the spectators led us through the city walls, and then past the splendid Minster where the skies were blue and the bells were ringing out. It was here I caught my first glimpse of Steve Oldfield, one of Hillsborough Parkrun’s stalwart marshals, which was lovely! The support continued pretty much throughout the route, and I loved the music stations, the friendly and enthusiastic eventeers, and the crowds calling my name (as with a lot of big races our name were printed on our bibs). There was plenty of water and gels etc out on route which was welcome on such a sunny day.

We continued through villages, down country lanes… It’s all a bit of a blur to be honest but I do recall the route wasn’t as flat as I’d hoped!

There were a couple of out-and-backs that were a bit soul-destroying, particularly the one from about 16–20 miles, which was fairly featureless and relentless. These were redeemed for me slightly by two further sightings of Steve who’d zoomed there on his electric scooter, and lots of shouts of encouragement to and from various clubmates who were ahead of me and who were therefore running back towards me.

By the 20-mile mark I was a little disappointed to be taking some walking breaks, but I was still within my target average pace range so I was ok with that.

The final 10k continued to be undulating and with pockets of support which were really welcome. As we headed back into town and up towards the university campus, I was somewhat dismayed to be faced with a rather cruelly-placed uphill section, but the finish straight itself was flat and then downhill, and the support of the crowd was out of this world! I couldn’t quite believe I was about to complete an actual marathon, and when I saw Pete shouting encouragement at me just yards from the finish line I was totally overcome with emotion. I crossed the finish line feeling more elated than I’d felt after any race. I’d done it! If you’d told my 16-stone self 12 years ago that I’d complete a marathon at any pace I’d never have believed you, but the fact I ran it well within my 5-hour target time… Just wow!

It wasn’t just me who ran my first marathon. Steve Blake also ran completed his first marathon in a cracking time, and it was also the first for my wonderful training partner John Liddle (thanks for everything John, particularly for putting up with my constant swearing on our training runs…).

Whilst we were out on the marathon course, several Striders enjoyed the 10-mile race which set off an hour after us and which followed some of the same course.

If anyone is considering a marathon, I can really recommend Yorkshire. It was well organised, well supported, scenic (mainly!), not too hilly, and reasonably local. I’m still on a high from completing it.

Special mention must go to Robert Hoffman who stepped in to guide a visually impaired runner whose original guide had to withdraw due to injury. What a star!

20 Striders ran the marathon (results at https://chiptiming.co.uk/events/run-for-all-yorkshire-marathon-2022/) which was won by Benard Bosuben in 2:22:56. First woman was Samantha Antell in 2:54:18 (both unaffiliated according to the results).

7 Striders ran the Yorkshire 10 Mile race (results here: https://chiptiming.co.uk/events/run-for-all-yorkshire-10-mile-2022/) which was won by Kieran Walker of the North East Project in 50:57. First woman was Faye Birkby of Pudsey Pacers RC in 1:00:10.

Striders results: Marathon

Pos. Name Cat. Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos.
97 Ben Jones MS 02:57:18 95 58
177 Chris Johnson MS 03:06:30 170 95
183 Will Hitchmough MS 03:07:06 174 98
273 Seth Kirby MS 03:14:41 262 141
283 William Fu MS 03:15:14 272 148
414 Daniel Cubitt MS 03:24:18 396 219
426 Alex Shepherd MV50 03:24:03 407 32
526 Stephanie Millar FS 03:28:40 29 15
671 Lee Kenton MS 03:33:21 624 337
707 Jeni Harvey FV40 03:38:12 55 8
772 Steve Blake MV45 03:41:28 705 106
1151 Robert Hoffmann MV45 03:53:47 1010 154
1305 Brian Jenkins MV45 03:58:19 1123 165
1615 Helen Royles-jones FS 04:08:39 272 121
1862 Karen Clark FV55 04:18:41 345 15
2092 Katelyn Mckeown FV40 04:27:12 420 84
2456 Caroline Brash FV45 04:41:17 562 86
2545 Phil Kelly MV55 04:45:26 1953 118
2678 John Liddle MV50 04:55:45 2024 233
3171 John Marsh MV60 05:24:08 2284 78

Striders results: 10-miler

P Name Cat Chip Time Gender P Cat. P
20 Richard Pearson MS 00:59:17 20 17
152 Alasdair Menmuir MV40 01:11:28 127 39
164 Adam Brooks MS 01:11:27 137 75
249 Andy Hinchliffe MV50 01:15:53 197 32
335 Cara Hanson FS 01:18:34 71 47
838 Sophie Mckie FS 01:32:11 287 155
844 Nada Ross FV50 01:32:11 293 40


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