The sprawling Dalton estate provided the setting for the small but perfectly formed Dalton Dash 10k this Sunday, a meticulously organised early season test that takes in some of East Yorkshire’s glorious rolling/gruelling (depending on how fast you were going) hills and landscape. A gaggle of erstwhile Harriers* gathered for the start outside of Lord Hotham’s impressive abode, complete with PA and warm-up provided by local personal trainer Ede Bone, each one ready to take on their own personal and usual inter-club challenges, and to see what progress they’d made since the turn of the new year.
Why is it called Snake Lane it not something that passes the lips of a finisher of this race. It sneaks and “snakes” it way out into the countryside past fields and small villages. At several points you can look up to see lines of runners circumnavigating the country lanes.
My first road race in the 2016 calendar came along at Dewsbury, having ran it last year it was a firm favourite of mine having recorded a then personal best of 39.13, I had always planned this been my first one of the year thus avoiding the popular Brass Monkey half & Ferriby 10. My focus in January was working on my speed so made an effort to get myself to Costello speed sessions on Wednesday nights & Parkruns at weekends & throw in the three cross country races I had done things were going well.