Race Date Sunday 28th January 2024
A personal report from John Kilcoyne on his way to the London Marathon in April.
For last year’s build up to the marathon (Manchester) I did Dewsbury 10k and Retford Half Marathon but fancied something a little longer than 10k this year before most likely doing North Lincs Half in March. The Ferriby 10, hosted by City of Hull Athletic Club, seemed to work as it is held on the last weekend in January and is just over an hour away. A 09:00 race start meant an early departure but ensured that I would be back home by 12.00 which was appealing. The race entries open in October and usually sell out within a couple of days but I managed to secure one easily enough within the first hour of it opening.
Race HQ is at a sixth form college in Cottingham where there seemed to be ample parking and toilets though some of these were questionable with the queue taking some getting down. It is almost a mile from there to the start and finish so good for a warm up and cool down.
The initial plan on entering the race was to try and get round in something like goal HM pace but a niggle picked up the week before meant I was a little sceptical of running too hard and I felt a bit sluggish after having had an inactive seven or eight days previously. The decision was to try and get round the opening five or so miles at Marathon Pace then try and push on later if feeling good. This suited as a quick chat with one of the local runners suggested that the first half was hilly with the second half downhill or flat. Conditions were pretty good – chilly with a bit of a breeze in parts but nothing that would impact running too much.
We were off very soon after 9:00 and were already climbing by the end of the first mile. The following four miles continued like this with a few ups that were fairly long sometimes but nothing too steep and quite runnable. I’d managed to get through to halfway at marathon pace, around 33 minutes, and felt pretty good. At five miles there is a water station and then it feels like everyone is running for home as you turn a corner straight into a faster downhill section. I was still wary of pushing too hard too early so kept it at a comfortable pace which was naturally quicker as it is, as the guy said beforehand, predominantly flat or downhill. At the very end of the race there is the biggest hill on the course which is a bit of a drag but I managed to pass a couple before crossing the line.
John early on in the race. This is an interesting photograph as John, the Barton and York athletes all finished within seconds of each other whilst the Driffield and Wolds men were well behind by the end. (Marc Hutson)
The mile back to the carpark gave a good chance to warm down and get away from the event before things got too congested thankfully.
Overall I think this race is worth doing if it fits in with your plans. Everything seemed well organised from what I experienced. Communication before race day was also good. Race entry was £24 and we received a Ferriby 10 sweatshirt at the finish.
Jemma Anderson was supporting her mum (Wolds Vets F60) and not her sister as we originally thought. Obviously neither running that hard as still able to smile for the camera at nine miles. (David Gowans)
First woman was F40 Lindsay Skinner (Off That Couch) with 59:45 whilst first male was Jordan Skelly (Lincoln Wellington) 50:47. The last of the 852 finishers was septuagenarian Frank Harrison (City of Hull) who crossed the line with 2:32:24. Full results can be found here Results Ferriby Ten 2024
About a mile to go and you can the Barton athlete is still in view. (David Gowans).