With the greatest respect to those that do it every day, getting up at 6am is thankfully something I’m no longer used to, so to be getting up at 6am to run the 1st leg of the Wolds Way Challenge and kick off the race for the East Hull Harriers mens team, was to say the least a tad nerve wracking.
A beautiful setting for a road marathon, including a lap around Lake Windermere, starting and finishing from Brathay Hall, heading off through Outgate, up and down through Hawkshead, alongside Esthwaite Water, past Lakeside to Newby Bridge at the southern point of the lake, then back up past Fell Foot Park.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Beverley 10k. Back in 2009 when I first started running this was my first race. Back then I took my training seriously. Week after week I gradually built the distance until I was confident I could make the 6.2 miles. That confidence was shattered when I got overtaken by the guy in the Beverley Beaver mascot costume going uphill in the second mile, though I recovered enough to catch him some 3 miles later on the downhill back into town.